Throughout the summer I'm give my girls a challenge that they are actually quite excited about. Create a meal from items purchased at the dollar store for $5 or less. It has to feed at least two people and be as nutritious as possible. Spices, oil and salt & pepper are the only things excluded from the $5. Everything else they use has to be an item you could purchase at Dollar Tree. They both eagerly accepted.
My oldest took on Challenge #1 and selected items to make a breakfast. Hashbrowns, sausage, eggs and fruit. Total spent = $4.
She cooked the sausages first and drained the fat off into a dish using some of it to cook the hashbrowns in.
|With scrambled eggs|
She used a little more fat to cook the eggs. She only needed to use salt and pepper to season the hasbrowns and the eggs.
The fruit was served as a side dish and while it didn't look all that appetizing it was okay. Her recommendation for next time would be to select a canned fruit like peaches or pineapple.
However she didn't waste the frozen fruit and used it instead to make a smoothie which she pointed out could've been done with dollar store ingredients as well as they sell both milk and yogurt.
|With fried eggs|
The thought behind this is for me to help them prepare for any eventuality. I'm encouraging them to think outside the box a little bit and challenging them to make a meal with little money and fewer resources. Because you just never know. I think she did great!