Homemade Mango Frozen Yoghurt for under $2 – Hunger Challenge Day 3

April 22, 2009 · 24 comments

in Hunger Challenge, Hunger Challenge 2009, Seattle Events

End of Day 3 and successfully completed one more day of the Hunger Challenge with our total coming to just $6.79 ( $24.82 for the three days!!). Even though it was not a sunny day today it was a good day for me, especially with the migraine gone :) I am proud of myself and AJ to have gone by three days of this hunger challenge overcoming all our cravings. But doing this challenge has gotten me thinking a lot and I have learnt to appreciate good food at a totally different level altogether. I was thinking, since I am doing this for only one week, I am able to come up with simple, basic and healthy recipes and stick to it as well. Will I be able to do it if i had to do it for, God knows, how long ?? I may still stick to the budget because I have no other choice, but will I be able to make good, healthy, well-balanced food with a variety , for my family for ever??!! Again, I maybe, but I owe it a lot to many things in my day-to-day life which i necessarily don’t consider a luxury – my laptop, the internet connection, car and more important time. I can always look up for the specials in the grocery store online and look up for recipes with those ingredients, online too or worst, I can always go to the library and spend some time browsing through the magazines or better borrow a book and head back home. But someone who is trying to do more than one job a day to keep the family afloat – will they have the time and money to all this? or will they even have an inclination towards putting in this much effort. An easier option will definitely be to buy something that can be microwaved or worse, junk food – not being judgmental here.

I don’t even know whether this is a feasible plan at all – for I don’t know how food banks work ( maybe i should volunteer one of these days to understand better) – someone, anyone working with the food bank or someone at the UWKC ( I dont know which will be the appropriate body to do this) can maybe make a small booklet, nothing fancy, just a simple printout of some healthy well-balanced and more importantly easy to make recipes, maybe with the ingredients regularly available at food banks and distribute them to people who visit there. Not all of them who take this will actually use this, but im sure there is some percentage of people out there, if given the resources will use them for good for their family. Its just some random thought that came to my mind. Yeah, I know , its a lot easier to say and write about things than actually implementing them. But hey, i think its a good idea!!

Anyway, now that Day 3 is over, not only did we manage to stick to our budget, we even managed to make a little treat for ourselves. I had a mango that was almost getting bad and i thought i should definitely not throw it away. Throwing away something is not what I will be doing if i were living on a budget. I had some yoghurt in the refrigerator as well. So i just used less than one cup of yoghurt along with the one mango and 3 tbsp sugar to make a frozen mango yoghurt.

Frozen Mango Yoghurt

Yoghurt – 1 cup
Ripe Mango – 1
Sugar – 3 tbsp

Chop the mango into small pieces and keep aside. Beat the yoghurt well with a hand mixer and mix in half the mangoes and sugar and beat well again. Keep in the freezer for about half an hour or so and take it out, beat well and freeze again. Just before you serve, take it out again. If it is too frozen beat it a little, or else, just mix in the remaining mango pieces and serve!!! There you go, your mango frozen yoghurt for two people is ready for just $1.69.


Other than that here is what we had for the day:

Breakfast : Toast and egg for me, cereal and milk for AJ, coffee for me and Orange juice for him : $1.26

Lunch : Leftover from yesterday’s dinner : $2.10

Evening Coffee : $0.20

Dinner : Rice, Lentil curry, Potato and Peas stir fry : $1.58 (wow, that’s a pretty cheap dinner for the two of us!!)

Dessert : Mango Frozen Yoghurt : $1.65

And, here is the breakup of prices :

Bread – 2
Egg – 1
Coffee – 1
Cereal – 1 cup
Milk – 1/2 cup
Orange Juice – 1 cup
Kidney Bean Curry
Rice – 1 cup
Lentil Curry
Yellow split lentils – 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Green Chillies – 2
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Oil – 1 tsp
Potato and Peas Stir-fry
Potato – 2
Green Peas – 1/2 can
Red Chilli Powder – 2 tsp
Oil – 2 tsp
Mango Yoghurt
Evening Coffee







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Update: Check out my recipe featured in the UWKC blog for the Hunger Challenge Recipe of the Day!! :)

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Priya April 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Frozen mango dessert looks delicious and tempting one…Hope ur migraine is better now! Take Care..


2 Sig April 23, 2009 at 12:12 am

Hey, you beat me to it today :) I think what you have here is a great idea, to create a booklet of budget-friendly recipes to distribute to people. And I so agree with you, I could do this only because I had the time and resources to do all the research. I can’t imagine living like this everyday!


3 Poornima Nair April 23, 2009 at 12:16 am

The yogurt looks delicious…one of my favorite flavors…


4 Alice April 23, 2009 at 12:16 am

I’m glad to hear your migraine is gone. I can’t believe you made mango frozen yogurt!! You are amazing. I think your idea of simple recipes using food bank items is really good too.


5 Parita April 23, 2009 at 1:01 am

Mango frozen yogurt looks delicious, oh i know migraine can really hurt, hope you’ll feel better in coming days :)


6 Happy cook April 23, 2009 at 2:55 am

Wow just under 7$
Love the frozen mangoo dessert.


7 Ramya Vijaykumar April 23, 2009 at 2:56 am

Nice to hear you okay now… the frozen yogurt looks yummy with the chunks of mango delectable…


8 Ashwini April 23, 2009 at 4:18 am

Mango dessert looks awesome.


9 Vishali April 23, 2009 at 5:03 am

mmhh thats looks yum and very easy to make too. hope u are feeling better now.


10 Suparna April 23, 2009 at 5:28 am

Hi Manju,
That’s deep thinking:) actually the seriousness of the cause u’ve taken up is def.making u look at things in a different angle, it makes one learn more I guess.In turn reading ur posts during this challenge I’m getting to learn and understand so many things.I really appreciate ur effort and spirit Manju. Keep going!
The frozen mango yogurt looks fab!


11 Madhumathi April 23, 2009 at 5:42 am

Mango dessert looks gorgeous!!


12 Gita's Kitchen April 23, 2009 at 6:24 am

Great going :) The frozen yogurt looks absolutely delicious :)


13 burpandslurp April 23, 2009 at 6:50 am

wow! how coincidental! I just made frozen mango cream cake! mine cost a LOT to make, though.


14 5 Star Foodie April 23, 2009 at 7:12 am

I love mangos – this sounds excellent!


15 Indhu April 23, 2009 at 8:45 am

glad to know that your migraine is better! love the frozen yoghurt :)


16 Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." April 23, 2009 at 10:59 am

I visited your blog before but find it hard to read the white font on black background :), sorry. But by looking at the photos, looks like you are doing well.


17 Erica April 23, 2009 at 10:59 am

What a great recipe! Would you mind if I featured it (along with the photo) on the United Way blog as the Recipe of the day?

Erica @ UWKC


18 Superchef April 23, 2009 at 11:42 am

thanks everyone!

Nurit – i will try to change the font, maybe that will make it easier for you to read. Sorry about that :)

Erica – sure, pls go ahead! :)


19 Pavithra April 23, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Looking lovely… good clicks ..


20 Smitha April 23, 2009 at 2:24 pm

That yogurt looks so yummmm. Great idea for summer.


21 FoodyGuru (Srimathi) April 23, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Frozen yogurt idea is very healthy and nice.I will make this with my daughter for sure.She would be very excited.


22 AnuSriram April 24, 2009 at 6:46 am

Frozen mango yogurt looks delicious! Gr8 going.. with your challenge!


23 bee April 24, 2009 at 6:54 am

check this out for ideas on cooking cheap and healthy.



24 Varsha Vipins April 24, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Thats a great idea Manju..n that mango Yougurt is just yum..!


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