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Week 2 recap

Monday, February 11, 2013

Here are my daily averages for the second week of this Food Stamp Challenge -

Calories - 1646
Fat - 120 grams (66 % of calories)
Protein - 102 grams
Total carbs - 47
Fiber - 17 grams
Net carbs - 30

Meat, eggs, cheese - 12 oz
Veggies - 13 oz

Cost of food eaten - 3.81

The numbers were skewed some because of the nuts I had for lunch on Saturday when I forgot to take my lunch. The extra cost of the nuts instead of a packed lunch raised the average cost of food this week by almost 40 cents.


Sunday, February 10

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Breakfast - 3 eggs fried in 2 T lard; tea w/splenda and gelatin
Lunch - Applebee's Sizzling N'awleans Platter (shrimp, chicken, sausage, jambalaya over sauteed veggies instead of rice). Because the purpose of this lunch was social, I'm counting most of it as entertainment and only $1.25 as food. $1.25 is a bit higher than the average cost of my lunches this week, except for the nuts yesterday that were a goof.
Supper - Spaghetti Squash, Broccoli and Turkey Alfredo
Evening tea - tea w/splenda and gelatin

Total cost of food eaten today (as adjust for lunch per above) - $3.21


Spaghetti Squash, Broccoli and Turkey Alfredo

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I made a casserole of spaghetti squash, broccoli, turkey, and alfredo sauce. It turned out ok, though would have been better if I'd made my own sauce instead of using Ragu Alfredo Sauce. But it was cheap, ok, filling, and fairly easy. And it didn't need anything else to go with it, though it could have used some more calories. Here's the recipe -


400 gr cooked spaghetti squash (about 2.5 cups)
10 oz frozen broccoli, cooked (either cut or chopped)
2 c cooked diced turkey or chicken
1 c Alfredo Sauce (Ragu Classic Alfredo has 2 carbs per 1/4 cup)
2 oz grated parmesan
2 oz pork rind crumbs

Combine the spaghetti squash, broccoli, turkey and sauce in a large bowl. Mix well; a fork will help incorporate the rest into the strands of spaghetti squash. Add the parmesan and half the pork rind crumbs and mix well. Pour into an 8" or 9" baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs over the top. Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes, or until bubbly. Makes 4 servings of about 1.5 cups each.

Cost per serving - $1.21
Calories - 410
Fat - 22 grams
Total carbs - 14
Fiber - 4 grams
Net carbs - 10 grams
Protein - 38 grams

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BUDGETMAW 2/11/2013 10:21AM

  I think it would have been good if the sauce were better. I tasted the Alfredo sauce just by itself and it had practically no flavor at all. Maybe paying more for a better brand would be better.

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MRSBAHR 2/10/2013 8:27PM

  That sounds pretty good! I had my first Spaghetti Squash a few days ago and was pleasantly surprised!

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Saturday, February 9

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Breakfast - MIM with coconut milk and liquid splenda; tea w/ gelatin and liquid splenda
Lunch - nuts (forgot to take my lunch)
Supper - Curried Beef with Squash, broccoli
Evening tea - tea w/gelatin, liquid splenda

Total cost of food eaten today - $6.67

Ouch! Forgetting to take my lunch wasn't very smart. I went to the local health food store and got some nuts and had them for lunch. They were good, but expensive. Oh well. At least I could afford to do it. And I didn't leave lunch on the counter! Though come to think of it, I have left the eggs I bought this morning at the Farmers Market in the car. In a cooler and with a couple of those blue ice packs and it was cool today, but they still better come in and into the fridge.


Low Carb Ketchup

Friday, February 08, 2013

I find that plain old fashioned tomato sauce usually makes an acceptable substitute for ketchup. And it's cheap and easy and doesn't have as many additives and junk as most low carb food does.


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