“…the problem of hunger is very much invisible in this country and, in fact, hidden in the bodies of those who are obese”
Today food bloggers are uniting to fight against hunger. This is an issue that’s especially pressing in Kentucky where nearly one in four children live in poverty. With more than one in three Kentucky children also overweight or obese, there’s a paradoxical link between lack of regular access to adequate food and increased risk of obesity. Or as Gina Bigler
Children living in poverty are suffering from obesity and malnutrition at the same time. Children are getting calories but not nutrition. Inexpensive foods are full of empty calories that do nothing to nourish young bodies and brains. Poverty looks like a tired, overweight, hungry child…Poverty looks like pain.
Cooking is a necessary skill for creating inexpensive yet nourishing meals but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Here is a simple plan that doesn’t require much in the way of time, effort or money. I find it especially convenient for busy nights when my family needs to eat and run.
In the morning, I’ll wash a bag of lentils and put them in the crockpot with six cups of water and garlic. If you don’t have a crockpot or don’t have time to prep in the morning, you can also make this on the stovetop. To boost the nutrition, I’ll add a bag of frozen soup vegetables. After the crockpot works its magic for a few hours, I’ll season the lentils with salt, spices and herbs to taste. Then I’ll slice up some cabbage for a simple salad. Dessert is sliced pears sprinkled with cinnamon and cooked until soft. This can be done in the microwave or in the toaster oven.
We eat lentils for dinner about once a week and my oldest will often take some in a thermos for her lunch. To avoid getting in a rut, I’ll switch up the seasonings:
Greek (oregano, thyme, basil, marjoram, garlic, onion)
Italian (basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, thyme)
Mexican (chili powder, cumin, garlic)
This is a delicious high fiber meal which is low in added sugar and salt. Why not make it dinner and a movie?
I hope you will take your place to help end hunger in America now. SNAP is under threat in Congress and millions of kids could lose access to the food they need every day. Please take 30 seconds to ask Congress to support anti-hunger legislation