We’re not quite as excited about the challenge 4 days in as we were at the start, but we are still taking part in the Live Below the Line Challenge and doing well.
The second day of limited school lunches seemed to go okay, and we’re doing another “swap” to have beans and rice for dinner again. Beans are filling, nutritious, and tasty (my kids love beans and we eat them often in various forms). I’m not a vegetarian, but I’m not a huge meat eater, either. Dishes with beans are something we eat quite a bit of in our house. I’m making refried beans and rice. We often use this same bean recipe when making our beans for bean burritos.
- One 15-oz. can of pinto beans
- ¼ of a small onion
Chop the onion and sauté in frying pan until it is golden brown. Drain and rinse the beans and then add to onion. Add a dash of cumin and cilantro to the beans and onion. Cook until beans start to get soft. Serve over prepared rice.
Tomorrow morning will be the “official” last day of the challenge for us. We will have made it 4 1/3 days before giving up, but we’re giving up because of personal conflicts. We have a “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” day at my office tomorrow, and the kids want to go out to lunch with their friends, which will obviously blow our daily budget. We’ll blow the budget at lunch, but we’re still going to eat below the line for breakfast and dinner tomorrow because we can and we’ve already purchased our meal.
Have you read any of the previous posts about the Live Below the Line challenge? It’s been an eye-opening experience that my three daughters and I have participated in to raise awareness for poverty.