Seamless is always a good standby when evaluating dinner options. Every type of food you could possibly want can be delivered to your door through just a few clicks. This Sunday night, my boyfriend and I ordered from a pretty tried and true favorite: HopHap. Their Thai food won’t necessary blow you away, but their quick delivery is much appreciated. I ordered Emerald Green Curry with chicken. It was pretty tasty at $8.00 (excluding tax and tips).
Yet, for many New Yorkers, they would have never ordered from HopHap through Seamless. It’s not because HopHap doesn’t make decent food. It’s because an $8.00 meal is simply unfathomable and unaffordable. According to New York City Coalition Against Hunger, it’s estimated that 1.5 New Yorkers live in households facing food insecurity – 1 in 4 of which are children. According to their latest survey, the City has experienced a 20.8% increase in need for emergency food providers (food pantries, soup kitchens, and brown bag programs).
There is a renewed sense of urgency to advocate for government actions.
Did you know that the maximum monthly benefit for SNAP (aka food stamp) for a person is $200? That’s about $6.45 a day, and that’s the maximum. Most program participants qualify for less, due to their household size and income. $8.00 Emerald Green Curry with chicken would be laughable for someone living on that kind of budget. Today (April 8th, 2013) food bloggers around the country unite to post budget-friendly recipes, while raising hunger awareness – a campaign organized by The Giving Table.
So, I have borrowed this recipe from Moneymagpie – a website started by Jasmine Birtles, an internationally recognized finance expert based in UK with advice on making and saving money. Learning how to make curry is a money saving tip because one you don’t have to spend money at a restaurant. Home cooked meals are almost always cheaper than restaurant cooked meals. Secondly, curry is very friendly to leftovers (which I have actually tried for leftover Thanksgiving turkey). Curry is also great for batch cooking, and freezing. Batch cooking allow you to cook in bigger batches, which usually works out to lower price per portion. In addition, meat is completely optional in curry – which makes it healthy and vegetarian-friendly. Cauliflower, potatoes, or even tofu, are great meat substitutes in curry (if you don’t believe this, just check out the menus at Thai restaurants).
Thai green curry – serves four
- Canola oil – 1 tbsp
- White rice – 4 cups
- Chicken breasts – 3 large pieces
- Green curry paste – 2 tbsps
- Coconut milk – 1 can
- Green pepper – 1 cup (approx. 1 medium size)
- Chop the chicken breasts into small chunks. Heat the oil in a wok and add the chicken. Cook on a high heat for about ten minutes while you chop the pepper.
- Add the curry paste and mix well until you can start to smell the spices (start to cook the rice at this point).
- Add the coconut milk and the pepper.
- Mix well and leave to simmer on a low heat for about 15 minutes.
- Drain the rice and serve.
This recipe according to prices on Fresh Direct (as of time of writing), is estimated to be $2.67 per portion.
|Ingredient||Unit Price||Size to serve 4||Price for 4 portions|
|Wesson Canola Oil (48oz)||$5.19 /ea||1 tbsp||$1.98|
|Carolina Extra Long Grain White Rice (5lb bag)||$6.19 /ea||4 cups||$1.98|
|Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (6-8 pieces per pack, Grade A, Family Pack)||$3.59 /lb||16 oz||$3.59|
|Roland Green Curry Paste (6.8oz)||$3.19 / ea||2 tbsps||$0.53|
|Goya Coconut Milk (15oz)||$2.19 / ea||1 can||$2.19|
|Green Bell Pepper (Farm Fresh, Lg)||$1.99 / lb||1 cup||$0.40|
To learn more about hunger problems right here in our own backyard, check out A Place at the Table, a documentary that follows three families struggling with food insecurities. A special VIP Screening and Panel Discussion will be held at Brooklyn Academy of Music on April 11th at 7pm. For more information, visit here. General admission tickets are available at $13. Senior / student tickets are available for $6. Tickets are available for purchase here. View trailer for this moving documentary below:
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