Ok. It’s finally time to start prepping for the fourth annual CLEANSE — a mind/body/spirit reflection during the ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. I can’t believe how fast our New Year is creeping up on us.
Arielle and I decided to add a new element for year 5776. Along with the regular food rules (listed below and here), we’re asking people to spend no more than the national average food stamp benefit – $4.10 daily – on food for the ten days of the cleanse. We expect that nourishing our bodies with a whole foods, vegan diet (reminder of rules below) will be nearly impossible on this budget. So, we’re be asking people to match the amount spent over the allotted budget in a charitable donation to the American Jewish World Service. We’ve built a donation page here.
Access to healthy food in America is a challenge that can be easy to ignore. It’s important to feed ourselves with nourishing foods, and we feel it’s important to remember how difficult it can be for others to do the same .We hope that this cleanse will not only spark reflection on our own personal health, but also on how we can contribute to the health of others. I think that this challenge will inspire gratitude for the current abundance of resources in our lives.
We know that this year will be more challenges than previous ones. Our blog, 10yamimclean, provides support and a forum for dialogue. On the blog, we’ll post recipes and resources that related to food justice — we encourage you to do the same. Shoot us an email with a reflection, recipe or question, and we’ll through it up on the blog (and give you credit unless you specify otherwise). When you send recipes, please include a cost breakdown or rough estimate of cost. An example of what this looks like is below.
$1.08 per serving
- 2 cups white beans, dried ($1.30)
- 4 cups kale, finely chopped (from garden)
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped (from garden)
- 2 red onions ($0.55)
- 3 cloves garlic ($0.25)
- 2 eggs ($0.40)
- 1/2 cup dry roasted unsalted peanuts, finely chopped ($2.00)
- 1 tsp paprika
- dash of cayenne pepper
- dash of chipotle seasoning
- fresh herbs on hand, chopped
- 1/2 cup cornmeal ($0.30)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tbs olive oil (0.17)
(+ roughly $1 for spices)
($1.30+$0.55+$0.25+$0.40+$2.00+$0.30+$0.17+$1 ) = $5.97.
I averaged this recipe for 5 1/2 servings… I eat a lot. It came down to $1.08 per serving. Not bad!
Place remaining cornmeal on a plate. Coat hands in olive oil and form 5-8 patties about 1/2 inch thick. Dredge both sides of the burgers in cornmeal. Transfer to non-stick or parchment covered baking sheet and bake until golden, about 25 minutes.
I (Shaina) just did my first cost-breakdown of a recipe. Ow, my brain!
It took a lot of time. It was boring. And tedious. I kept losing count.
Some people do this every day – every meal – every visit to the grocery store, pantry and kitchen shelve.
In asking you to calculate the cost of your food as you share recipes, we don’t want you to be overwhelmed or for you to be intimidated by the thought of this task. Rather, we want to encourage you to think about cost before consuming. It’s ok to post estimates. You can guess prices when you aren’t sure and round numbers as you wish. But also think.
Here’s a great resource on how to calculate recipe costs: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/07/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/
Vegan foods – no products derived from animals (no meat, eggs, dairy, honey, etc.)
Gluten-free foods – nothing made with wheat
Unprocessed foods – nothing packaged with more than three ingredients
Unsweetened foods – no added sugar, honey, agave, etc.
An exception to the above rules above is the inclusion of organic eggs and yogurt that is organic, plain, stabilizer- and additive-free. This is a personal choice.