I Still Think I Can Change The World – Day 91: Eating Well On $1 A Day


A bit of inspiration on a far too busy day when I ended up running into a lot of naysayers…

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. — Marian Wright Edelman

We must overcome the notion that we must be regular… it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre. –Uta Hagen

Plum Smoothie

It was back to the old tried and trustworthy plum & banana smoothie (it appears this will be the last one unless I can find a new source for plums – I used the last ones I had from when I was house sitting and my morning walks here have revealed that the squirrels have helped themselves to everything while I was gone. All the plum trees are bare which is quite disappointing). At least I still have plenty of blackberries for the foreseeable future…

plum smoothie

Spinach Cheese Scramble

Since it has become painfully obvious that me and flipping omelets are not going to ever be friends, I opted to do a spinach cheese scramble instead (I think I would like cooking more if everything was supposed to look like a complete mess when finished because then i would know that it would be impossible for me to fail…) I started off with a handful of fresh spinach

fresh spinach

and then added the last of my bacon (I think another package of bacon may be a splurge that I can’t resist)

spinach bacon

I then added a couple of eggs I had beaten with a fork a bit and when they were just about done, added a handful of shredded cheese on top

spinach egg cheese scramble

The cheese melted immediately

spinach cheese bacon scramble

I then took a couple of spoonfuls of salsa and put that on top

spinach cheese scramble with salsa

And finished it all off by placing it all on a piece of whole wheat toast

spinach cheese scramble on toast

It tasted great and ended up looking like most of my past attempted omelets. I think that scrambles are the way to go for the foreseeable future.

Cheese Beef & Veggie Rice

Since it was a busy day, I took the Beef Spinach Rice leftovers i had and added some of the broccoli into the mix:

beef rice broccoli

Then a large handful of cheddar cheese:

beef rice cheese

To create a filling and tasty Cheese Beef & Veggie Rice dish:

veggie beef cheese rice

This is the current list of food I still have
This is the current list of what I have purchased:

Goal: 100 days eating on $1 a day
Current Money Spent: $67.73
Money Left to Spend: $32.27 ($6.17 must be spent at CVS)
Retail Value of Everything Purchased: $1440.92

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The Beginning ::: Day 92: Walking Helps Me Keep My Sanity

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14 Responses to I Still Think I Can Change The World – Day 91: Eating Well On $1 A Day

  1. Cookie says:

    I have only recently started reading your blog. It’s quite informative and entertaining.

    Just wanted to say – I love cooking, and am fairly good at it. I still never make ommelets. Scrambles are far less stressful. πŸ™‚

  2. Wendy says:

    Despite how many time you have said you think you are a lousy cook, this day’s meals look delicious!

  3. Tammy says:

    I love the quotes you posted.

    Nice job on the cereal that you donated to Milpitas Food Pantry.

  4. max says:

    cool project! i am a frugal canadian, in the land of very few coupons. nevertheless its a fun game to see what i can come up with for dinners and work lunches. here are some good basics about slow cookers, i bought mine well used for $6 at value village or goodwill, i forget! good luck http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/tips-techniques/back-to-basics-how-to-use-a-slow-cooker-114636

  5. verybadcat says:

    i’m not quite sure why you have naysayers. i follow you in my reader, and you’ve changed a lot of my shopping and eating habits. for years i would stare at a well stocked pantry and whine to myself about having “nothing to eat”. since you’ve started $1 a day, I’ve gotten a lot less spoiled and a lot more creative. the money i save by not needing to have eleventy billion pounds of crap in my fridge and pantry have allowed me to enjoy more meals/drinks out with friends. so i guess increasing my entertainment budget and aiding my social life isn’t the world change you were looking for. still- what you’re doing here makes a tangible impact.

    ps: i thought that the whole apricot squirrel incident was a great example of the perspective middle class Americans have developed regarding food. an excellent reminder that being snotty about what we eat and where we get it is a privilege exclusive to the upper classes. to so many people in this country and the world at large, food is still about survival, not enjoyment or luxury. ironically, you took a lot more enjoyment in those apricots than some of us take in an expensive sushi lunch.

    keep on keeping on…

  6. Ashley says:

    I’m with you Tammy. I love the quotes you posted at the beginning. If only each of us could perform one small act of kindness a day – imagine what a better place this would be!

  7. Brenda says:

    I think you do a beautiful job of showing what can be done if one allows the mind to work on a problem. You do it with style.

    I also have enjoyed your quotes.

    You saw a need, and help others by your actions and example.One of my favorite quotes reminds me of you.

    {What you are will show in what you do.}
    Thomas A. Edison

  8. Dana says:

    Your food looks so tasty! Are you planning on freezing some blackberries so you can have them during the winter months?

  9. Jess says:

    I just discovered your blog the other day and have spent the past few days reading through the entire thing from the beginning. What you have been doing is awesome, especially all the donations to the food pantries! Another quote for your collection that seems to go along with your blog title for today:

    “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
    -Albert Pine

    Keep up the great work!

  10. This looks fabulous! Re: flipping omelettes- is your pan oven proof? Because you needn’t flip them, if it is. Turn on your broiler when you start cooking. When your omelette is ready to flip, pop it under the broiler instead- a minute or less should finish off the bit of uncooked egg on top.

    I also spoon filling down one side of my omelettes and then instead of flipping just fold the uncovered half over the filling- the steaming pretty much finishes the eggs.

  11. Laura M. LaVoie says:

    Hi Jeffrey. Thanks for the inspirational quotes for the day. I firmly believe one person can change the world. You’ve inspired me to shop more simply.

  12. Lylic says:

    That’s not a handful of cheese, it’s a heartful <3

  13. Chris says:

    Depends on the size of the hands πŸ˜‰

  14. Tina A. says:

    I’m glad you still think you can change the world. πŸ™‚ Here’s another quote for inspiration along the way. It’s been my favorite since high school.

    β€œToo often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo F. Buscaglia

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