We’re excited by the burst of interest we’ve received from Dorchester residents who are eager to participate in the upcoming $5 Meal Challenge! We hope you enjoy the good food and company of your neighbors while celebrating healthy eating on a budget.
Below are the guidelines for entering your dish into the competition portion of the event. Please review them carefully and contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The dish must be big enough to feed 2-4 people normal-sized portions. (The definition of “normal-sized” can vary from person to person, but think about serving this dish to your family or friends, and the amount you would give each person.)
The ingredients used in making the dish must not exceed $5.00.
- There are certain ingredients that can be used that do NOT count towards the monetary total. These include:
Dried herbs & spices
Crushed red pepper
Flour (as thickening agent only, not as main ingredient)
Sugar (granulated or brown)
- Food cannot be heated onsite. Please be prepared to serve at room temperature. Bringing hot (or cold) food in insulated bags is allowed.
- Judges will be looking for a variety of qualities in each dish, but the most weight will be given to the nutritional value of the dish and how well it follows these guidelines. Judges will also judge on the taste and appearance of each dish, and will award special prizes in categories including Most Kid-friendly Dish and Easiest Dish to Make in a Hurry.
- Participants are encouraged to bring copies of their recipes to give out at the event. These recipes will then be published on the DotCommCoop website, unless the participant requests otherwise. This is a fun way to share your kitchen knowledge with your neighbors, and to encourage healthy, home-cooked meals!
- Competition slots are limited to 20 participants, so sign up today to reserve your spot! Simply email email@example.com, or respond to this post in the comments with your name and contact information.
If you’re running low on ideas, check out Eating Well’s $5 Challenge article, complete with recipes (but be aware—they actually use recipes that are $5 per portion, so they can be more expensive than what you might be making. These are just a starting-off point, to get your creative juices flowing): http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/cheap_recipes_for_slow_food_usa_s_5_challenge_slow_food_for_the_price_of_fast_food