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As part of Live Below the Line week, an international program that builds awareness around extreme poverty, we created a day’s worth of healthy, satisfying and delicious recipes — all for well under a toonie.

Live below the line

Over 1.2 billion people live in poverty worldwide. That means $1.75 has to cover all the meals for one person for one day. As part of Live Below the Line week, an international program that builds awareness around extreme poverty, we created a day’s worth of healthy, satisfying and delicious recipes — all for well under a toonie.

Breakfast

Peanut butter and banana oatmeal
Prep 5 min
Total 5 min
Makes 1 serving

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 banana, thinly sliced

Instructions 

  • BOIL water in a saucepan. Stir in oats. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring often, for 1 min. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and sugar. Top with sliced bananas.

Nutrition (per serving)
355 calories, 11 g protein, 43 g carbs, 18 g fat, 6 g fibre, 163 mg sodium.

 

Lunch

Spanish tortilla
Prep 15 min
Total 45 min
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 454 g yellow potatoes, peeled
  • 2 tbsp canola or olive oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  • SLICE potatoes into 1/8-in. slices. Cover potatoes with water in a large saucepan and gently boil over medium until potatoes are tender but still hold their shape, 5 to 7 min. Drain well.
  • HEAT a medium non-stick frying pan (about 10-in) over medium-high. Add 1 tbsp oil, then onion. Cook, stirring often, until onion is golden, 5 to 7 min.
  • WHISK eggs with water and salt in a large bowl. Season with pepper. Stir in potatoes and onion. Let stand for 10 min.
  • RETURN pan over medium. Add remaining 1 tbsp oil. When pan is hot, pour egg mixture into pan. Cook, covered, until bottom is brown, about 15 min. Loosen tortilla with a spatula, then slide it onto a large plate. Place another large plate over tortilla and flip. Slide tortilla, bottom-side up, back into pan. Cook until a skewer inserted into the centre of tortilla comes out clean, about 5 min. Serve warm or at room temperature with ketchup, if desired.

Nutrition (per serving)
289 calories, 12 g protein, 28 g carbs, 15 g fat, 3 g fibre, 692 mg sodium.

 

Dinner

Spicy Thai tuna rice bowl
Prep 5 min
Total 40 min
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup parboiled rice
  • 2 celery stalks with leaves
  • 85 g can spicy Thai chili tuna
  • 1/2 tsp salt

 Instructions

  • COOK rice following package directions. Scrape rice onto a baking sheet to cool quickly. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  • THINLY slice celery diagonally. Reserve celery leaves. Stir celery slices into rice along with tuna and salt. Shred celery leaves and sprinkle on rice for garnish.

Nutrition (per serving)
218 calories, 8 g protein, 41 g carbs, 2 g fat, 2 g fibre, 426 g sodium.