Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Hunger Challenge

The San Francisco Food Bank is just winding down its Hunger Challenge.

Here in the Bay Area there are thousands of people going hungry every day. The average family living on food stamps has just $1 per person to spend on each meal. It's not easy. Can you imagine feeding your family of five dinner for $5? The Hunger Challenge was designed to draw attention to how hard it is to provide healthy meals on very limited funds by creating meals for $1/person.

If you click here and leave a comment, Tyson Foods will donate 100 pounds of chicken and other protein-rich foods to a Bay Area food bank – up to 200,000 pounds total.

Amy Stewart, author of the Cooking with Amy blog, participated in this challenge. I followed it with great interest.

This was Amy's favorite recipe. I abhor peas but many of you probably eat them.

Green Pea Pesto with Pasta / 56¢ per serving

  • 1 cup frozen organic green peas, 75¢
  • 2 cloves garlic, 5¢
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 36¢
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, 42¢ (note: recipe makes 5 servings of sauce)
  • 1 cup, about 2 ounces penne pasta 24¢

Roughly chop the garlic. In a small saucepan combine the garlic and green peas with just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium heat then lower the heat to simmer and cover the pan. Cook for 3 minutes or until peas are cooked through and garlic is no longer raw. Drain the peas, reserving the water. Place the peas and olive oil in the blender and blend, adding just enough water to make a smooth paste, about 1 tablespoon. Combine mixture with Parmesan cheese. Serve 2 tablespoons of sauce over each serving of penne pasta.

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