Table of Contents:

9/24/15 – Day 24

9/23/15 – Day 23

9/22/15 – Day 22

9/22/15 – Day 22

9/21/15 – Day 21

9/20/15 – Day 20

9/19/15 – Day 19

9/18/15 – Day 18

9/17/15 – Day 17

9/16/15 – Day 16

9/15/15 – Day 15

9/14/15 – Day 14

9/13/15 – Day 13

9/12/15 – Day 12

9/11/15 – Day 11

9/10/15 – Day 10

9/9/15 – Day 9

9/8/15 – Day 8

9/7/15 – Day 7

9/6/15 – Day 6

9/5/15 – Day 5

9/4/15 – Day 4

9/3/15 – Day 3


Day 2 – 9/2/15

Thoughts on Portion Control & ONE WEIRD TRICK that will Revive Your Rice

“OMG, are you starving?” is the most common question I get when I tell people about the $50/mo challenge, coupled with concerned looks and dropped jaws as a physiological response.

No, I wouldn’t say that I’m starving, and I only get a little hungry as I go through the day right before my meals. But I can’t really ever say that I’m full.

I’ve always been overly indulgent when it comes to food. My solo Seamless orders always came with at least 4 pairs of chopsticks. Sometimes, I get two entrees at a restaurant. Once a bag of Cheetos are opened, there is no saving some for next time. So, it is proving difficult now to practice such strict portion control. It’s difficult, but I do it. If I overindulge today, it could only mean a hungrier weekend ahead. So I measure carefully, 2 cups of rice + 1 drumstick + 5 pieces of potato.

It sort of feels like when you are at a potluck, and you grab a light first plate because you want everyone to have a chance to eat, but you plan to go back for a heaping plate of seconds and even thirds as soon as everyone’s done with their first round…but in my case, I only get the first plate.

It could be worse though. While I’m eating my delicious, home-cooked, healthy meal, there are people who are picking through their freezer, making the choice to feed their children or feed themselves. 

On a brighter note, I learned a cool trick to revive refrigerated rice! It won’t be as good as fresh or even frozen rice, but it’s something. See the steps below:

  1. Sprinkle water on the rice with your fingers. 2) Cover the rice with a wet paper towel. 3) Microwave for 1 minute.

And it’s almost as good as new again!

Daily Meals/Costs:

Chawanmushi with rice – $0.50

Braise Cabbage with rice– $0.28

Banana – $0.19

Chicken, potatoes, onions with rice ~$0.60

Total: $1.57

If you think what we are doing is interesting, impactful, or maybe kind of insane, please consider donating to our efforts here. 100% of the proceeds will go towards Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, a non-profit that works to eliminate food waste and redirect food waste into solving urban hunger.

Donation Total: $30

Foodily yours,

East Coast