Category Archives: Capital Area Food Bank

Easy and Healthy Baked Chicken Tenders with Sweet Potato Fries

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Austin Food Bloggers Hunger Awareness Blog Project

2011 Project Part 2

This is a great affordable recipe that’s healthy, fun for the kids to get involved with, and will satisfy! ¬†See other posts from fellow AFBA participating in this project!

Makes: 6-8 Tenders and enough fries for 4

Prep: 15 min

Cook Time: 45 min

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken breasts, sliced long ways into 3-4 slices per breast
  • 1 C. Panko bread crumbs, or regular breadcrumbs
  • 2 TBS flour
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Pam spray
  • 1 Large sweet potato, sliced into fries
  • 1 TBS olive oil or canola oil for fries, or you can use the Pam you used for the tenders.
  • Salt and pepper to taste for fries, you can also do a pinch or dry herbs if you would like but it’s not mandatory ūüôā
  • Ranch or Ketchup to dip tenders in if desired
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut up fries, drizzle with oil and bake for 40 min or until done to your liking.
  3. Gather 3 bowls (one for flour, one for egg, and one for panko or breadcrumbs) place each ingredient into a separate bowl in that order put the salt and pepper into the flour and mix well.
  4. Cut up chicken in strips 3-4 per breast, longways
  5. Take one tender at a time and dredge in flour, then egg, than panko or breadcrumb, repeat until done with all the tenders. (This is the fun part for kids).
  6. For a crispy brown texture, heat large skillet on med high and spray pan and tenders on each side with pam and cook for 3 min on each side.  Then transfer to a baking dish and cook for 20 min or until done.
  7. If you don’t want to put on the skillet first you can just spray with Pam and then Bake for 25-30 min.
Serve with your choice of dipping sauce!

Did You Know That Hunger Is Problem All Around Central Texas?

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Here’s a little change of pace from my typical recipe post, don’t worry there is still a easy, healthy, and affordable recipe at the end ūüôā I’d like to share something I’m involved with right now.

I recently was accepted into the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance, a tight knit group that’s mission is to work together with our peers to set a standard of transparency and fairness in food blogging. We will also support each other and our community through classes, social events, and philanthropy. ¬†With that being said I’m not only super excited to be a part of this group but eager to tell you about our first philanthropy project with the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. ¬†We were asked to blog,¬†share our thoughts, and write about the face of hunger so here it goes.

If you haven’t heard of SNAP it’s the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-AKA “food stamps”. ¬†The minimum one can receive is $16 per month and the average household in need receives around $275. ¬†Some obvious¬†disadvantages: I found it to be very unfair that if you are a convicted felon for a drug offense after 1996 you are completely ineligible for ANY benefits but you could be a convicted rapist or child molester and still qualify for benefits… Hmmm something is not quite right about that. ¬†Also if you live in Texas be prepared to encounter the daunting task of filling out a short novel just to see if you may qualify (oh and if you don’t, don’t expect to hear back from them). ¬†Not only is the paperwork ridiculously time consuming but I bet that there are some that are eligible for benefits (but are not applying) due to the pain of applying or not knowing how to properly apply. ¬†I went online and started filling out the paperwork to see what it consisted of, 6 min later and I ¬†had given up…

An Interesting Fact:¬†Did you know that 248,544 are income eligible, but don‚Äôt receive (they aren’t applying) SNAP thus reducing economic activity… Central Texas misses out on $630,000,000 through lost economic activity.

Naturally, as gas and food prices rise more and more individuals and families are effected.

FROM SOMEONE THAT HAS BEEN THROUGH IT:

I interviewed a former SNAP client to get some uncensored opinions and asked these 5 questions:

1. ¬†Q: Did the long process of applying dissuade you from ever applying or renewing your application? ¬†A: “Yes, all the paperwork was a pain. ”

2. Q: Did it help you and your family enough to make a difference? A: “It did help out a lot, what sucked is I had to lie & say I was seperated so I can get anything at all… then I find out theres couples or singles w/out kids, but no jobs who got a lot more than I did w/3 kids. =/”

3.Q:¬†Have you ever been embarrassed or felt you were judged at the store when checking out? A: “Wasn’t too much embarrassed but did feel judged about it.”

4. Q: Was it easy for you to get help when needed? A: “Not really, too much paperwork & waiting. A lot of the info they ask for doesn’t seem necessary to me. Like I said I know people who are single w/no kids who don’t have a job & that qualifies them for emergency foodstamps. crazy huh.”

5. Q: Did you ever sacrifice feeding yourself or your family to pay another bill like rent or electricity? ¬†A: “Yes we have had to sacrifice the feeding for bills… we would eat though…. go over to a family members house or something.”

This is a real problem, if you know someone that is in need of these benefits, let them know about the CAFB and SNAP! ¬†If you don’t, you can make a DONATION or VOLUNTEER at your local food bank, any little bit helps!

Here’s a quick and easy recipe high in protein and nutrients that will make your dollar stretch and leave you satisfied!

Zesty Tuna Salad on Crackers or Bread

Serves: 4 for sandwiches, or several for snacks with crackers, can be refrigerated for 2 days.

Prep Time: 5-10 min

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz can of Tuna in water or oil, the large can(I used the tuna in water).
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 TBS plain greek yogurt or mayo
  • 1 TBS mustard
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zest
  • 1 handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:
  • Drain tuna and empty contents into a medium bowl.
  • Chop produce and empty into bowl.
  • Add yogurt or mayo, lemon juice/zest, and mustard and stir mixture until mixed throughly.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Enjoy on bread or crackers!

THE FACTS:

  • About 48,000 different people receive emergency food assistance from CAFB in any given week.
  • CAFB serves nearly 300,000 people each year.
  • 41 percent of CAFB clients¬†are¬†children.
  • 95 percent of CAFB partner agencies say they could no longer serve their clients if the Food Bank shut down tomorrow.
  • More than a third of CAFB’s older clients go for extended periods without food.
  • 1 in 5 families served by CAFB experience the physical pain of hunger.
  • Almost half of CAFB clients have at least one working adult at home.
  • Almost half of the families CAFB serves have to choose between buying food and paying utilities.
  • 82 percent of CAFB clients are not homeless.

Source:  Hunger in America 2010: Central Texas Report

According to Feeding America’s preliminary data, 442,263 (17.8%) Central Texans are estimated to be food insecure.