Food Bloggers Against Hunger: Cheesy Egg Muffin Sandwich

This past summer, with the help from Nicole of The Giving Table, bloggers joined together and dedicated their posts to fight for slave-free tomatoes.  After posting a Gluten-Free Tomato Tart last July, we were asked to participate in the Food Bloggers Against Hunger event.  Of course, we couldn’t wait to participate!

Nearly 1 in 4 children in America lives in households that struggle to put food on the table.  Millions of Americans who participate in the nation’s food stamp program are limited to an average of $4 per person, per day to supplement their food budget.  As a result, they struggle with hunger at some point during the year.  Rates of food insecurity are substantially higher than the national average among households with incomes near or below the federal poverty line, and among households with children headed by a single parent.  In Washington D.C., 30.7% of children experience limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods at some point during the year.

For a little homework, we watched A Place at the Table.  It’s a documentary that examines hunger in America by focusing on 3 families which struggle to put food on the table for their children.  It discusses how U.S. government subsidies favor products that require processing (e.g., soy beans, wheat, and especially corn) over fresh fruits and vegetables that can be consumed with little or no processing.  As a result, the most affordable food is often calorically dense, processed food, lacking nutritional value.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s food stamp program, is at risk for severe cuts that would impact millions of families and children who rely on school meals and food stamps to survive.  A number of anti-hunger organizations: Share Our Strength, Bread for the World, Feeding America, The Food and Research Action Center- are asking supporters to spread the word.

Our nations policies need to change in order for this problem to be solved.  Here are a few ways you can help and participate:

1) Send a letter to Congress asking them to support anti-hunger legislation.  The more letters we send, the better.  Send this letter, it’ll take less than 30 seconds to fill out.

2) Go see A Place at the TableScreenings will be held in select cities through mid-June.  You can also view it on iTunes and Amazon.  Spread the word on what you have learned from the documentary.

3) Volunteer with Share Your Strength‘s Cooking Matters program.  The No Kid Hungry campaign educates and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets.

The documentary points out that many children and adults do not have access to low-cost, healthy breakfasts, and many go to school or work without eating anything.  With that in mind, Sam and I decided to post our favorite breakfast- it’s easy, fast, healthy, and low-cost.  Over 200 bloggers are participating in this event, check out what recipes others have posted.

I stopped by a local Safeway to pick up food for our breakfast, and to make sure we were on budget:

 Old Tyme English Muffins: $1.29 for 6; $0.22/English Muffin
 Lucerne Grade A Eggs: $2.49 for a dozen; $0.21/egg
 Lucerne Extra Sharp Cheddar: $4.39 for 16 oz; $0.27/ounce
 Green Onions: $1.39 for a bunch (approx. 8); $0.17/onion

Total Cost for one Cheesy Egg Muffin Sandwich: $0.87

 Total Calorie and Fat content per sandwich:
 Calories: 341*
 Fat: 17
*We used unsalted butter, but feel free to substitute with cooking spray.  We are assuming that everyone has one of these two items in their kitchen.

Cheesy Egg Muffin Sandwich

Cheesy Egg Muffin Sandwich
A Fifth Floor Kitchen blog
Servings: 2

2 English Muffins (preferably whole wheat)
2 eggs
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
1 tsp butter or cooking spray
1-2 green onions, chopped
2 oz cheddar cheese, sliced or shredded

The trick with making omelets is to use a smaller pan, so that the omelet has enough depth to allow for folding over.  An 8-inch, non-stick pan is perfect for this.

While cooking the eggs, toast 2 English muffins in a toaster.

Crack two eggs into a small bowl, add a pinch of salt and pepper and beat with a fork until well incorporated.  Coat the pan with butter or cooking spray, and put it over medium heat.  Once the pan is hot, pour in the scrambled egg mixture.  Sprinkle green onions on one half of the egg mixture, wait until it begins to firm up.  When the omelet is firmed up, and only slightly liquidy on top, add the cheese slices on top of the green onions.  With a rubber spatula, gently fold the omelet in half.  Turn the stove top off, wait for about a minute to allow the cheese to melt.  Then cut the omelet in half, and serve each half on an English Muffin.

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15 responses to “Food Bloggers Against Hunger: Cheesy Egg Muffin Sandwich

    • Thanks Em! Loved your post as well, it was very touching and personal. I don’t have children and cannot imagine what it would be like not to be able to provide all of the foods they need (and want). This is definitely a cause worth fighting for!

  1. Fantastic post and a very tasty looking breakfast sandwich! That’s definitely the kind of breakfast that will keep you going until lunch.

  2. Breakfast is so key, and this is one that is great at any time of day. A favorite for sure, for a critical cause.

  3. Tasty looking breakfast you have there, and a valuable post. Great work!

  4. This is a great way to send kids to school ready to achieve. Plus it looks pretty yummy :)

    Every time I think about eating on 4 dollars a day, I realize what a boost I have because I have such a well stocked pantry. It is truly an eye opening exercise. I think it would up the reality factor even more if we had to work the same number of hours, use public transportation to get to work and run all our errands and cook with limited equipment or without a kitchen.

    Yikes, digging your way from poverty is a daunting task…

    • Agree! It’s very difficult. We didn’t live near a grocery store before and we had to walk close to a mile, or take public transportation. Although we never had much of a budget, it was difficult for us to get all the stuff. So I cannot imagine when there are other obstacles in your way as well. Thanks for reading the post!

  5. Really nice post and a great way to bring awareness to hunger! Love your breakfast sandwich. Thanks for visiting my blog…it’s nice to meet you!

  6. Very nice idea for a nutritious and tasty breakfast. I wish we could make sure that all kids had such a breakfast every morning. Nice to meet you!

    • Thanks Simona for stopping by. I agree with you, I wish everyone had a chance to eat a breakfast like this, and start off the day right. I hope many read these blog posts and are able to take a stand and act!

  7. Showing us a breakfast was a good choice, Evi. I’m proud to have joined forces with you on April 8th. Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

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