Breakfast:

Today for breakfast I had toast with cheese and an apple. Bread is always included in a hamper so toast is an excellent option for breakfast. Adding some other items to round out the breakfast helps you stay full longer. I added cheese that was in my hamper but eggs (hard boiled, scrambled, fried) could also be used to give more protein at breakfast if they were available or had been given in a hamper. Hard boiling eggs ahead of time means you don’t have to wake up and cook eggs on a busy morning, they are already ready to eat! Peanut butter is also delicious on toast and is often given out in hampers(although it was not in mine!).

Lunch:

For lunch today I quickly prepared a cold peanut noodle salad before coming to school. I  repurposed the ramen noodles given in my hamper and made them into a salad instead of the  regular broth and noodle soup. I was not given peanut butter in my hamper but did use a small amount that I had in my cupboard for this recipe, as peanut butter is commonly found in CFB  hampers. If you do not have peanut butter, it is easily omitted and the salad will still be  delicious. You can use any available vegetables in this recipe. I used spinach carrots and  peppers but feel free to switch it up!

Cold Peanut Noodle Salad (serves 1)

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1 package ramen noodles(any flavour)

3 tbsp water

1 tbsp peanut butter(any type)

Sliced vegetables, as many as you like

Hot chili sauce(optional)

Boil a small pot of water and add dry ramen once the water boils (save the seasoning packet for later!). Boil the noodles until they are soft and drain. Mix noodles with water, seasoning packet, peanut butter and hot sauce until well combined. Add veggies and toss. This salad can be served warm or cold. The other person in my household had leftover stuffed peppers(see blog post for day 1) but this recipe could easily be doubled to feed 2 people.

Afternoon Snack:

Again today I had greek yogurt and fruit (cantaloupe this time). With melons, I find it easiest to cut up the entire thing at once so it is more convenient to quickly grab the cut up pieces for a snack or breakfast. My roommate/partner had an apple and a granola bar for a snack.

Supper:

For supper, I prepared pasta. Canned or jarred pasta sauce can easily be dressed up using vegetables found in a hamper. Pasta sauce tastes great with all vegetables (I used red peppers and spinach) and would work with whatever veggies you find in your hamper.

Alongside the pasta, we had some salad using the lettuce from our hamper. Salad dressing was not in the hamper, but I had this from before. I would recommend that regular CFB clients try to get some salad dressing, either from the help yourself shelf or from the grocery store. The perishable portion of a hamper almost always includes one or more types of lettuce. Directing some of the possible money you have to buy food towards dressing can help you use the lettuce and make it more appetizing (as compared to plain lettuce). Look for salad dressings on sale and choose some that you think are yummy. Salad is a great light lunch, accompaniment to dinner, or even a healthy snack that can easily be made with a hamper!

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VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE OPTION

½ can/jar of tomato sauce

1 tbsp oil

1 cup vegetables (chopped or sliced)

Seasonings (onion, garlic, oregano, chili flakes) *optional if available

Cooked pasta (regular or gluten free)

Heat oil in a small sauce pan. Add vegetables and seasonings (if using). Cook over medium heat until the vegetables are soft. Add pasta sauce and stir. Simmer sauce on low heat for 15 minutes. Serve sauce over pasta. Sauce can simmer while the pasta is cooking (follow directions on the package) or leftover pasta can be used.

Night-time Snack

I got pretty hungry while studying so I had a snack of cereal before going to sleep. My hamper contained Cheerios but did not come with milk. Hampers can sometimes contain milk but usually do not. I picked up some milk after realizing that it would be difficult to use the cereal without it. I would recommend milk as another great basic item that can be used to supplement a CFB hamper. Milk can be used or cold cereal as a quick breakfast or snack or can be used to prepare the oats found in the hamper. A glass of milk pairs great with fruit or a granola bar for a snack and can even be used with your hamper fruit and yogurt to create a breakfast smoothie!

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