When Leanne Brown moved to New York from Canada to earn a master’s degree in food studies at New York University, she couldn't help noticing the big problem of food insecurity: 46 million Americans have to survive on only $4 a day, the amount provided through SNAP (the US government’s food stamps program). In addition, millions more live under similar constraints—from students, to grads entering the job market, to young families, and even retirees.
Struck by these alarming numbers, she asked herself a critical question: How well can someone really eat on $4 a day? To determine the answer, she took to her kitchen, developing resourceful recipes made of whole, unprocessed foods that promote the joy of cooking and that show just how delicious and inspiring a cheap meal can be when cooked at home.
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These recipes are delicious when served as a side dish with any meal, or used in the recommended way... to top hot dogs! Check out the recipes below.