Did you know…
- One in five kids in America suffers from food insecurity meaning they live in households that lack the means to provide nutritious foods on a regular basis
- Food insecurity leads to lifelong consequences including poorer health, behavioral difficulties and weakened performance in school
- In Minnesota food insecurity has increased from 6.9% in 1998-2000 to 10.3% in 2008-2010
- You can help end childhood hunger
We double dippers have recently become involved in Share Our Strength, a national organization whose mission is to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.
We often forget to acknowledge how fortunate we are to not worry about where our next meal will come from or when. We are blessed to have the means to create and share delicious and nourishing food with you all and enjoy it with our friends and family. Since we are financial analysts at a food company, we are surrounded by all things related to food every day. It is easy to focus on those who will be consuming the food we produce and forget about those who will not.
So today we want to make a difference by using our Double Dipper network to spread the word that we all can do our part to end childhood hunger. We are joining Food Bloggers Against Hunger and donating this post to raise awareness about the new documentary from Participant Media, A Place at the Table, which “follows three families struggling with food insecurity and reveals the reality of hunger in America.”
So what can you do?
1. Use this link and take 30 seconds and send a letter to congress asking them to support anti-hunger legislation. The more letters the better!
2. We encourage you to watch the documentary in your city or on iTunes and Amazon. Or view the film’s trailer.
3. Spread the word to others about how they can join the fight to end childhood hunger in America!
Now to the recipes. We decided to put together a recipe round-up of budget friendly recipes from our archives. Not all of these recipes are exactly budget friendly, but all are nutritious, made with pantry staple ingredients, simple, and extremely tasty. Try them out. And as you enjoy the food we hope that you are grateful that you can afford delicious and nourishing food.
Happy double dipping.
Cumin and Chili Powder Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Carrots
Avocado Turkey Burgers
Tex-Mex Shredded Chicken Tacos
Rosemary Garlic Hummus
Oh the weather outside is frightful! (15 inches of snow!) But the cookies are so delightful. And since we’ve no place to go, bake the cookies, eat the cookies, let it snow! (and eat the cookies some more)
15 inches of snow means it’s time to turn on the oven and bake up some holiday cheer! We sang along with Bing Crosby and made these delightful loaded holiday apple oatmeal raisin cookies with toasted walnuts and sweetened with maple syrup. That is holiday cheer in the form of a cookie.
Norwegian Babushka agrees. She devoured a few…or was that us?
So as you are warm and cozy inside your home and avoiding shoveling your driveway, (because really, what is the point of shoveling if you have an amazing neighbor who will do it for you if you wait just long enough?) make some cookies for yourself…and to share with your kind neighbor.
Happy snow. Happy double dipping!
Makes 13 cookies
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ rolled oats
- ¾ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¾ tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- ½ tsp. ginger
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
- ¼ cup apple sauce (or 1 medium apple)*
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ½ cup maple syrup
*We made our own apple sauce. See below for method.
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Peel and chop apple, and sprinkle with cinnamon. In a medium sauce pan over low heat, simmer apple slices until soft. Place in food processor (or blender) and process until smooth, leaving some chunks.
- In a large bowl combine dry ingredients.
- In a medium bowl combine wet ingredients.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
- Using a spoon (or your hands), form dough into 13 round balls and place on baking sheet.
- Bake in oven for 14-15 minutes.
- Serve with holiday spirit and enjoy!
For 12 years in a row our extended family has shared Thanksgiving at our cabin, Loon Lodge. Our family has grown in numbers and size to the point where we have been forced to “borrow” our next-door neighbors’ cabin in order to provide more beds and space. But no one has outgrown the uncles’ sarcasm and humor, the constant noise of 25 people in one house that causes everyone to yell to be heard, or the smell of juicy turkey and sweet apple pie that only come with this day. We have so much to be thankful for. We are thankful for…
…our family. This year we all wrote down one thing we are thankful for and hung it on the birch tree in the living room. It turned into our “thankful tree.”
…crazy family shenanigans which are likely to turn into long standing traditions. This year our uncle brought a piñata. It was a “hit.”
…hobo bonfires. Our family keeps it classy.
…turkey with all the fixings. The balsamic glazed brussles sprouts and cinnamon roasted sweet potato cubes were our contribution. Our favorite side was Grandma Patty’s stuffing…so buttery, fluffy, and comforting.
…still being designated to the “kids’ table.” Although this year we upgraded the title to “young adults’ table.”
…pumpkin pie with homemade crust of course. Grandma went all out and added some Thanksgiving flare to her pies…a cut-out Turkey and maple leaf made from pie crust.
…Aunt Heidi’s famous apple pie. We wait ALL YEAR for this pie! The flaky, buttery crust is really indescribable. The gooey, soft apples loaded with cinnamon and sugar are the perfect end to the Thanksgiving meal.
…reveling in the excitement of the first snow of the season, and watching our youngest cousin eat it up…literally.
Happy Thanksgiving! Happy double dipping!