May 02, 2016

Foodies Fight Hunger

By Emily Dingmann

While my days are spent working on the issue of hunger at MAZON, in my spare time I love creating recipes. I love taking the time to style and photograph these recipes – with the perfect light, of course. I love the process of writing and talking about food, and sharing it all on my food blog. And most of all, I love hearing from family, friends and strangers that incorporate my recipes into their meals. It’s an honor to be at anyone’s table. 

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Given my background in Nutrition, my focus isn’t on creating budget recipes, but recipes that are nutritious. There are meals when these two ideals can overlap, but most of the time, I have the luxury of not having to sacrifice nutrition in order to maintain a strict budget.    

When Whitney (Jew Hungry) reached out to MAZON about working together on a campaign among food bloggers to raise awareness about hunger in America, we were honored that she came to us as a resource. And we decided to join in. 

I created this recipe with a strict budget (using the SNAP allowance as a guideline which comes out to $5.60 per meal/ four servings) not to show you how ‘easy’ it is to cook on a budget, because I don’t think it is, but as a way to start a dialogue.

You know the statistics (1 in 7 Americans don’t have enough to eat – how many in your state?) and you know that we can end hunger in the United States, but we need the political will to make it a reality. 

How can you help?

Make these black beans and cheesy tortillas for your family or a few friends and talk about hunger in America. Bust some of the common myths surrounding hunger. Share a real story about someone who is struggling with hunger. And then do something. Educate others, share your message on social media, tell your Representatives that they need to invest and improve in federal nutrition programs. And support organizations who are working towards this reality of a United States without hunger. 

Black Beans & Cheesy Tortillas 
1 Tbsp oil
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 bunch cilantro, washed and chopped
2-15 oz cans black beans  (Do not rinse and drain! Pour off a little liquid, but save most of it.)
1 package corn tortillas
1/3 pound cheese, shredded

Heat large pan over medium heat. Add oil and onions and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add beans and liquid to pan and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer for 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until liquid has thickened. Stir in cilantro and remove from heat. 

While beans are cooking, turn on broiler and (carefully!) broil tortillas with shredded cheese sprinkled over the top. Remove from oven when cheese is melted (will just take a minute or two) and roll up to serve. 

4 servings / 20-25 total time

For the record, had I been making these with a focus on nutrition instead of budget, I would have incorporated more fresh produce (shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, sliced green onion) but I didn't have any extra money for vegetables. A common theme when it comes to cooking on a budget. 

Huge thanks to Whitney for organizing and all of the bloggers who have joined! Read other Foodies Fighting Hunger posts:

Jew Hungry
The Kosher Spoon
Foodie Crush
will frolic for food
Dessert for Two
Cooking in Heels
Let’s Eat Cake
Cake Over Steak
Hola Jalapeno
What Jew Wanna Eat
Kosher Like Me
Girl Versus Dough
Confident Cook, Hesitant Baker
The Bonjon Gourmet
Greens & Fries
A Jew's Bouche
Kosher by Gloria
Eats Pork Jew