Slow Food, the nonprofit dedicated to extolling the virtues of eating good food, is trying very hard to prove that they're not just for rich, elitist foodies, after all. The group is launching a "$5 Challenge" next week in the attempt to prove that even the common man can live the Slow Food way.

The challenge, as the name implies, is to make a Slow Food-style meal for $5 or less. “Slow food shouldn’t have to cost more than fast food. It’s time we take back the ‘Value Meal,’” said Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA. The group says the challenge is "a response to the First Lady’s "challenge to the nation to end the childhood obesity epidemic in a generation." But we thought being fat could be healthy, too! Bummer.

If you're so inclined, Slow Food has declared September 17 the day of the Challenge, and encourages everyone in the country (or just those with something to prove) to cook for themselves, sign up for a potluck, or go to a local foods event. Forbes has some under-$5 recipe ideas to get those wheels turning (think: lots of beans). On September 18, you may return to your regularly scheduled programming of $4.99 Double Downs.