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Live Below the Line Challenge

13 Jul

My husband and I did this challenge last year. It was hard, but mind opening. If you’re interested, check out the video above. We will probably do this again this year (Koha will not participate as this is not safe for children). Either way, we will put up some recipes soon that would work with this challenge for those that are following it.

Some ideas for low cost meals:

  • Perfect hard-boiled eggs without a timer: at 22 cents an egg (New Zealand, 2012, 30 pack of eggs for $6.50), eggs are one of the cheapest and most nutritious meals you can have on a strict budget.
  • Oatmeal: At just over 10 cents a serve (New Zealand, 2012, 25 serves in 750 gram pack of quick oats for $2.39), a bowl of oats is a very cheap meal option.
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Cooking Show: How to make oat flour from oatmeal

9 Jul

As you can see in our cooking show video, oat flour is super simple to make at home. All you do, is put rolled oats into your blender. We use the resulting flour in muffins, protein bars, protein pancakes, and other baking. This flour is high in fiber and protein, and is better for you than refined white flour.

Cooking Show: Hummus!

29 Jun


Our first video for our cooking show! Pardon the poor quality video, we have very basic equipment. We had to make a few substitutions for our recipe based on what we had on hand. It worked out well though and tasted nice. Making hummus at home means (1) we know what’s in it, and (2) we save money. For the same amount of store bought hummus you’d spend about $8 (in New Zealand in 2012). We made this for about $2 total. We added garlic and cumin for flavour. You can leave those out, or try something else. We might try cooked red peppers next time.

Here are some links to other good hummus recipes:

http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-hummus/ : this recipe is very similar to our one, but uses tahini instead of oil and has a little salt, actual garlic cloves (not minced garlic) and no cumin. We love this website as it has loads of recipes and prepares them according to “clean eating” principles.

http://evewaspartiallyright.blogspot.co.nz/2012/01/cannellini-cilantro-hummus-quick-easy.html : this recipe uses olive oil and adds some heat with chilli. This hummus interestingly uses cannellini beans rather than chick peas (garbanzo).