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SNAP Food Challenge Blog – Teri Knight – Day 1

March 27, 2017

It’s Saturday, March 25th, 2017. I’m googling recipes and grocery lists to find out how to eat on $5 a day. I’m also pondering how I’ll navigate previous obligations to a luncheon, a dinner and a night out!

The Grocery List

Shopping took way longer than normal, as I checked prices, weighed produce, walked away from “treats”!

  • Bunch bananas
  • 3 cans of tuna in water
  • Bag of spinach Bunch of kale
  • Bag of carrots
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with various herbs
  • 1 bag dried white beans
  • 1 bag dried pinto beans
  • 1 loaf brown bread
  • 1 box store-brand oatmeal squares
  • 1 Sweet potato
  • Garlic
  • Milk
  • Package of fake crab meat

Total = $34.32

The Plan

My plan is to make a hearty kale soup, which I love. I already have the herbs and spices (not sure if that’s cheating!) I’ll freeze a bunch and have that much of the week. I’m not a huge meat eater, so this shouldn’t be too bad. Then again, I’ve got those other outings this week!

Day 1:

Made a Hearty white bean and kale stew. Soaked the beans – will save some. Used the sweet potato, carrots, kale and spinach, onions, garlic. Makes a great supper with a slice of toasted brown bread. Using herbs and condiments I already had – it’s delicious. Will freeze half of the batch.

Jeff bailed already! He visited friends, had a couple of beers and brats and that was that!

It’s evening, and I’m missing my snack of nuts and glass of wine. I’ll have a piece of brown bread with PB&J.