The 2-5-40 Challenge: Summer Rolls and Vegetable Chicken Noodles

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This is the final post of the series. For the rest of the series go to this link (2-5-40 Challenge)

Although I set out a plan for the week, I felt like breaking it one day. I didn’t want to make anything from the menu, instead, I improvised.

It takes some time for one to start allowing oneself to ditch the book and follow the instinct. It doesn’t always work that way. They say, while cooking you can follow your taste and instinct, but while baking, ALWAYS FOLLOW THE RECIPE. I got to understand & get convinced by that each time I messed up a recipe because I skipped or replaced or decreased/increased the amount of a certain ingredient. Continue reading

The 2-5-40 Challenge: Tuna Egg Salad with Tomato Bruschetta

Salads for lunch? Who said you can’t do that?
I would only take salads as lunch if they have something more than just veggies. I love vegetables but come on. They’re fillers.
When you’re on a diet, you’re asked to eat a lot of vegetables and start your meals with salads not only to increase your fibers intake but to fill you up that you wouldn’t eat a lot more afterwards.

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Dietitians. You ain’t taking my main course away. I’m gonna have my salad and I’m gonna eat the main dish too.
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The 2-5-40 challenge: omelette, salad and white bean spread

No I haven’t been ignoring my blog. How can you ignore your baby?

It is just that I have started a new day job 3 weeks ago and it is draining me out. I’m getting back home with barely any energy left and no intent to go back behind the screen again. I work in graphic design and my new job is in books design. Back to the challenge, this is the 3rd recipe and 2 more to go.

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Cooking on a budget requires a little more effort. You shall not buy ready-made and frozen food since it is so out of the daily budget, and health wise, home cooking is way better. And tastier. 

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The 2-5-40 Challenge: Moroccan Couscous Chicken

For part one of the challenge, click here.

Moroccan Couscous with Chicken

After deciding upon the dishes for the 5 days at the beginning of the challenge, preparing the ingredients was easy. All I had to do was write down all the required ingredients, circle the ingredients I don’t have at home and walk down the aisles of the supermarket and collect my groceries.
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The 2-5-40 Challenge: Potato Salad and Tuna Salad Boats

Mike has given me a challenge. The challenge came from 2 necessities: one: we were on a tight budget, two, I needed a motive to give me a good start on the blog and create/make recipes.
The challenge came from our daily needs adapting to the month’s limitations. We’re both on vacation, we both have to depend on ourselves, I have a new food blog that I have create material for, aaaand we’ve spent (some) money in the past days that we had to consider giving this month’s limit a good place and use.

The challenge was, as the title hints, to create meals for 2 persons over 5 days for 40$.

Potato Salad and Tuna Salad Boats

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