Author Archives: Justin Lee Hanks

About Justin Lee Hanks

Artist, Existentialist, Nemophilist,

Meals for Less Than $5 #3 Mac N’ Cheese Yum Yum

White Cheddar Cheese Alfredo w/ Lima Beans and Spinach

Time in kitchen: 7 minutes at most

  • Put water on stove top leave the kitchen
  • Come back 8 minutes later
  • Put shells in water
  • Set timer for 5 minutes
  • Put frozen Spinach & Lima beans in microwave
  • After 5-minute timer goes off turn microwave on for 2.5 minutes
  • Strain pasta when microwave is done
  • Put margarine in bowl of veggies, salt, and pepper, then let sit
  • Put 1 tbsp milk in pot from boiling water
  • Pour cheese packet over milk
  • Put pasta back in pot with milk and cheese
  • Fold pasta with spatula incorporating cheese and milk
  • Pour pasta into container of choice
  • Mix veggies and pour into container of choice
  • Save leftovers to microwave next day
  • Done!

 

Total Cost: $1.28  ——– That’s Right!

Alfredo Shells from Whole Foods: $1.19/3 = .40 cents

Frozen Spinach from Whole Foods: $1.69 per 16oz/ 5 = .34 cents

Organic Frozen Lima Beans from Whole Foods: $2.69 per 16oz/ 5 = .54 cents

 

You might be saying, “but what about the protein?” There is an enormous amount of protein in lima beans, as well as 10g per serving of mac n’ cheese.

To which I say, “there is an enormous amount of protein in lima beans, as well as 10g per serving of mac n’ cheese.”

Enjoy!

 

Dinner for Less Than $5 #2 Vegetarian Chili Frito Pie

Amy’s Vegetarian Chili w/ Fritos, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Onions (optional), and Chives

Time in Kitchen: 10 Minutes or less

I timed myself and took 8 minutes including going to the garden and getting chives and taking photos

Total Cost: $3.8

Amy’s Spicy Chili: $4.49/2 = $2.25

Fritos: $3.69/4 = .93 cents

Crate and Barrel Cheddar (use the cheap stuff it melts better): $2.99/10 =.30 cents

Onion: .60/10 = .06 cents

Sour Cream: $3.89/ 15 = .26 cents

Chives: Nearly free

Side Note:

A dollop of sour cream is called a quenelle when it is shaped like a fancy football.

Picture of Ingredients:

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Dinner For Two Less Than $5 (per plate) #1

Meyer Lemon Marinated Chicken w/ Haricot Verts and House Baked Biscuit

 

Meyer Lemon Marinated Chicken from Whole Foods $7.80/2 breasts only used one breast = $1.95 per person

Amazing Biscuits Baked at Whole Foods $2/2 biscuits = $1 per person

Frozen Organic Haricots Verts from Whole Foods $3 per package only used half package/2 = $1.50/2 = .75 per person

Vermont Butter from Whole Foods= $3.60/ 20 = .18 per person

Salt & Pepper ~ .03

Grand Total

$ 3.91

Time In Kitchen: 10 minutes max

Microwave Green Beans

Put Chicken on the Baking sheet, put baking sheet in the oven, leave the kitchen.

Come back 17 minutes later to put green beans in the microwave.

Chicken takes longest~ 20 minutes

Green Beans ~ 2.5 minutes in microwave, fold in butter, add salt & pepper

Enjoy

 

Postal Worker/Photographer

While I was sitting in the post office waiting to submit my passport application, I watched as the postal worker became full of life every time he had an applicant who needed their photograph taken. He had a bit of a bounce in his step as he grabbed the camera. “Tilt your head up. A little bit less. That’s it.” He reviewed each picture meticulously while we waited patiently.

Our Duty to Put Pressure on Social Institutions

The dispersion of knowledge at the level needed to form a solid foundation of individual capital will not happen unless we put pressure on social institutions to do so. Let’s start with making education a human right.

I used to agree with Noam that “the fundamental need of human nature is the need for creative work.” (.08-.16) I am not so sure this is true anymore.

Never the less I do think it is important that all of the society be given the tools needed to find meaning and sense of purpose.