Monday, April 8, 2013

Food Bloggers Against Hunger: Cheesy Avocado Grits

There are millions of Americans that can only afford $3-4 per day to eat, and 1 in 4 kids in America don't know where their next meal will come from. For those of us with sufficient food on the table (and sometimes too much), this can be startling. Because of these financial restrictions, the food that is eaten is usually not enough, or is nutritionally barren. In response to the hunger epidemic in America and the new documentary, A Place at the Table, The Giving Table began a movement called Food Bloggers Against Hunger.

In doing what I can as a food blogger, I am helping to bring visibility to this issue of hunger and malnutrition in America, as well as provide a recipe that only costs $3-4 per serving (in this case for two servings). I have decided to make one of my personal favorites, Cheesy Avocado Grits topped with an egg. This recipe makes two servings and is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5-10 minutes

Two (2) packets of Instant Grits -- Grits are inexpensive, easily made and very filling. A 12-pack of instant grits usually sells for about $3, so this comes out to about 25 cents per packet.
One (1) ounce of cheddar cheese -- Cheese provides the dairy in this recipe. 12-ounces of cheese usually costs about $4-5, so this comes out to about 42 cents.
One (1) avocado -- Avocados boast nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. They usually cost about $2 per avocado.
Two (2) eggs -- Eggs are a great source of protein, especially for vegetarians. A dozen eggs usually sells for about $3 in the grocery store, so this comes out to be 25 cents per egg.
Salt & pepper for seasoning

Approximate cost for two servings:  $3.42

Cook grits in a bowl according to packet.
Shred the cheddar cheese and slowly stir into the cooked grits until it melts.
Slice the avocado. You can either mash the avocado & stir this in the same way that you did the cheese, or you can put the slices on top.
Cook your egg as you like (fried, sunny side up, scrambled, etc.) and place it on top of your grits.

What you can do
Please take the time to check out The Giving Table, the documentary, A Place at the Table, and the other various ways that you can help. Challenge yourself to walk into a grocery store with only $4 and buy a complete meal. Donate to The Giving Table. Tweet, Facebook, Pin, and Instagram the message. Tell Congress that you care. YOU can make a difference!