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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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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.

Rung on the Ladder

“Happiness is not, as men think, a greedy thing; it is a lowly thing; for that reason it never gluts a man’s desire. You deem lofty the objects you seek, because you are on a low level and hence far away from them; but they are mean in the sight of him who has reached them. And I am very much mistaken if he does not desire to climb still higher; that which you regard as the top is merely a rung on the ladder.”

Seneca the Younger Letter #118

Cashier Diary #5

To the woman at the beginning of my shift. The woman who came to the counter shaking violently from the anxiety of flying. I should have grabbed your hand and said, “Feel my steadiness. Feel the calm that I have. The confidence that you will be OK.” But I didn’t. Because I was afraid. I was afraid she might cry out and say, “Why are you touching me?” 

I regretted this choice all day and thought about it for 8 and a half hours.

Maybe the lesson is to conquer your fears in order to unite with others. Or maybe, allow others to know your fears so they can help conquer them.