What if you had only $1.50 a day to buy breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Could you do it? Well, thousands of people across the US, UK, and Canada are taking on this 5-day challenge starting April 28-May 2  to experience what it’s like for the 1.2 billion people currently living in extreme poverty. The goal is to raise money, educate and bring awareness to this global issue.

Live Below The Line is an awareness and fundraising campaign that aims to bring attention to extreme poverty through education. They connect individuals to the most effective organizations dedicated to ending extreme poverty.

To learn more about this project and how you can donate,  participate and make a difference in fighting extreme hunger, visit Live Below The Line website.


I was asked to share a recipe for those participating in the Live Below the Line $1.50 a day challenge. I knew immediately that I’d post one of my grandmother’s favorite childhood meals, cheesy roasted potatoes, and sausage.  Her mom made this often to feed her family of 10 on an extremely limited budget.

Not only is this dish easy, quick, cheap, and very filling but it is flavorful as well.  It uses only 4 basic ingredients, potatoes, onion, sausage, and cheese which are very versatile. They can all be used to create many other meals which is necessary when you are trying to create a menu on such a small amount of money.

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Cheesy roasted potatoes and sausage can be eaten for breakfast (tastes great in a flour tortilla or in an omelet), lunch, or dinner.  We’re a family of 4 (although our 10-month old doesn’t eat much) this meal could serve 4 generously.

cheesy roasted potatoes and sausage

 Cheesy Roasted Potatoes and Sausage  (serves 4-5 )

Tips for getting food for less= FARMERS MARKET.

I’m not sure if grocery stores will discount produce on the spot if they are bruised but the Farmers Market in my area always does. Normally this produce will be thrown away anyway so they will sell them pretty cheap to those willing to pay. Bruised apples are great for apple sauce. My potatoes were slightly chipped and the peel from my onion had seen better days so I got them super cheap which made this meal possible for only $2.33 combined with a coupon and store sales of the kielbasa (I only used half of it) and factoring in my price for the cheese, olive oil, and spices that I already had at home.

Cheesy roasted potatoes and sausage recipe

Get the Recipe: Live Below The Line Recipe:

4.50 from 12 ratings
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 1 small sweet yellow onion
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Italian seasoning
  • 8 oz smoked sausage, I used turkey kielbasa
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese, I used a mixture of sharp and smoked


  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Line a large baking sheet with greased foil. Set aside
  • Dice potatoes into small cubes
  • Dice onion into small pieces
  • Place potatoes and onion in a large bowl and toss lightly with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle and toss generously with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle and toss generously with Italian seasoning.
  • Spread potatoes mixture evenly in a single layer on prepared pan.
  • Dice smoked sausage into cubes and sprinkle over potatoes.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes is tender.
  • Immediately top with cheese and return to oven and bake until cheese is melted.
  • Enjoy!
Author: Divas Can Cook
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