Hunger Challenge Day 4 and Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins for Taste & Create

April 24, 2009 · 16 comments

in Breakfast, Hunger Challenge, Hunger Challenge 2009, Muffins/Cupcakes, Seattle Events

Well, its the first time that I am blogging so continuously and I think I am running out of things to write. So, getting right to my menu for the Day 4 of Hunger Challenge. Yesterday, we did go a little away from our original menu plan. I did not make the stir-fry noodles for lunch, instead had the leftovers from the day before’s dinner and AJ had a sandwich from work. Our total for Day 4 was $13.44 , a little over the daily budget , but we are already well under the weekly budget, so it is ok :).Plus, we have enough leftovers from yesterday’s dinner to be had for tonite’s dinner. So far, we have spent $38.26 out of our budget of $60 for the week and I have more than 20$ to spend for today!! Here is what our menu for yesterday looks like and what it cost us.
Breakfast : Toast and egg for me, cereal and milk for AJ, coffee for me and Orange juice for AJ : $1.26
Lunch : Leftover from Day 3’s dinner for me ( $0) and a sandwich for AJ ($3.80) : $3.80
Evening Coffee: $0.20
Dinner : Multi Grain Spaghettini with Spinach and Garlic Cream Sauce ( with Chicken for AJ) , Beet and Red Onion Salad, Herb Roasted Potatoes : $8.18

Spaghettini with Spinach and Garlic Cream Sauce
Spaghettini – 1 pack
Garlic – 4 cloves
Spinach – 2 cups
Milk – 1 cup
Eggs – 2
Parmesan – 4 tbsp
olive oil – 1 tbsp
Chicken Breast – 1
Beet and Red Onion Salad Beet – 1
Lemon – 1/2
Red Onion – 1/2

Herb Roasted Potatoes
Potatoes- 2
Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
Italian Seasoning – 2 tbsp

Dinner Total





So, here is what our dinner table looked like :
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I will soon put up the recipe and pictures for the Spaghettini with Chicken and Garlic Cream Sauce in So I Married a Meat-a-holic…
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins for Taste & Create
I know, I know…it is not fair to blog about Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins in the same post as of Hunger Challenge. But this is something that I have committed a month ago and today is the last day for this. Taste & Create is this wonderful event where, if you register for the month, you are paired with another blogger and each of you have to try out atleast one recipe from each other’s blogs and blog about it.
This is my first time here and I was paired with Marthe of Culinary Delights. And since today was the last day and I was participating in the hunger challenge as well, I could not find anything which i could make with ingredients I already have for the Hunger Challenge and which was within the budget. I liked the honey banana muffins and the cinnamon sugar donut muffins from Marthe’s blog. I decided to make this lovely Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins, blog about it today and have them for breakfast tomorrow!!! Believe me, it took all and more of my will power to not pop one of these into my mouth!! :)
2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup yoghurt
2/3 cup brown sugar
6 tbsp butter
2 tsp Irish Cream Liqueur
For the topping : 3 tbsp butter, 4 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon powder
Preheat oven to 400 F and line the muffin tray with paper cups. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and keep aside. In a separate bowl, mix in the eggs, yoghurt, brown sugar, butter and the liqueur. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and give it just a couple of stirs. Do not overmix the batter. Fill the muffin cups and bake till completely done.
Meanwhile prepare the topping, but melting the butter and mixing in the sugar and cinnamon to it. Take the muffins out of the oven and dip the top of each muffin into the topping and keep on a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!! :)

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Indhu April 24, 2009 at 5:01 pm

lovely spread… I like how you make everyday’s interesting inspite of the budget restrictions!
and I am waiting eagerly for the sphagettini recipe…


2 Ramya Vijaykumar April 24, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Beets and onion salad looks great and so are the muffins… Hope you are okay now, after the migraine…


3 5 Star Foodie April 24, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Cinnamon sugar donut muffins sound really good!


4 April 24, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment so I could find yours! I had not heard of the hunger challenge, and while I was reading about it on your blog I heard on more about it on the TV – I had no idea that King Country only allowed $7 per day! I think this is a brilliant idea – if for no other reason that to build a little empathy for those who go without…and to make those of us who have food think twice about how fortunate we are. I’m going to give this a try – and thanks again for posting about it!
xo, Nan


5 Poornima Nair April 24, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Hey you just proved that we could have a great meal even on a limited budget…all the dishes look yumm…
the muffins are fabulous…just wanna pop one into my mouth…


6 Priya April 25, 2009 at 2:24 am

Thats fabulous to see loads of delicious dishes with limited budget..way to go..Then coming to muffins makes me hungry! i love cinnamon flavour in anything!


7 lissie April 25, 2009 at 4:17 am

awesome donut muffins…simple and delicious!


8 Arch April 25, 2009 at 5:21 am

Neat muffins, just made some from Vaishali’s blog..Its great that you have taken up this challenge..if we are conscious about how much we spend on every meal, i am sure we can do with much less and it wont seem like a big deal…Good going


9 Gita's Kitchen April 25, 2009 at 6:31 am

Thats a delicious platter on a limited budget, love it :) The muffins look yummy too!


10 Madhumathi April 25, 2009 at 11:09 am

Yummy dishes..The muffins are real cute!


11 alice April 26, 2009 at 1:30 am

Nice Job.. Bravo!!! Your muffins look awesome I think I’m going to sign up for taste and create. Just curious.. what did you eat today?? :) I had no eggs and milk!


12 Lavi April 26, 2009 at 7:12 am

all the dishes looks fabulous! Enjoy the Challenge!


13 Suparna April 26, 2009 at 10:48 am

Hi Manju,
It’s going great! you’ve adapted to the challenge well. Each of Ur dishes look healthy. yummy looking muffins :)


14 Rush April 26, 2009 at 2:03 pm

fab…inexpenssive and delicay!!!
are u a real chef?


15 Smitha April 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Can someone help me close my mouth??? I’m awe struck at effort u put into these posts. CHeers gurl!
U do it to perfection


16 Chef E April 30, 2009 at 2:08 am

Wow…and I laughed when I saw “I married a meat-a-holic…I married the opposite…but now I am on track…love the cause and what you are doing :)


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