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Tuesday, February 12

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I have to start consulting my calendar before I pull food out of the freezer! I got out a pork shoulder steak on Monday to have on Tuesday, forgetting that I leave for class Tuesday evening before 5 and don't get back until after 9. And tonight I'll be leaving for the food bank about 5 and won't get back until probably 7 or so. Neither is particularly condusive to spending close to an hour cooking a pork shoulder steak. So I guess I'll fix it for lunch today, instead. Not a big deal, but it's happened several times now that I've gotten something out of the freezer without checking my calendar. And I'm even worse about it when I'm planning my menus.

Anyway, yesterday I ate -

Breakfast - MIM with coconut milk and splenda
Lunch - soup - bone broth, eggs, gelatin, tomatoes, cauliflower, spinach, lard
Snack - tea with splenda
Supper - Spaghetti Squash, Broccoli and Turkey Alfredo
Evening tea - tea with splenda and gelatin

Total cost of food eaten - $3.02

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GLC2009 2/13/2013 1:58PM

    you obviously have much cheaper shopping in your area that we have here.
do you have a crock pot? that can be good to throw the meat in on busy days. emoticon

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    I have been there with taking the food out an then not eating it because of this or that. So goes life!

Wow, all day for $3.00. Sometimes I have to go to a lunch that costs what a week would be worth. Such a waste!

Make today a great day!

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Monday, February 11

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Another somewhat different day today. It started with going out to breakfast with some of the women I volunteered with at the homeless shelter. I had a Veggie Bennie, which is Eggs Benedict with fresh spinach and fresh tomatoes instead of ham or Canadian bacon. And of course no English muffin for me! So it was two eggs on a layer of lightly cooked spinach and tomatoes, with two very thin slices of cheese, and a bowl of hollandaise sauce. Very good and very rich, especially since I didn't skimp at all on the hollandaise sauce. I bet there was at least a cup of the sauce. Which, by the way, is easy to make and not very expensive and would really add some elegance or class or pizzaz or something to an other wise cheap meal. I'll have to work on that. I also had lots of tea (made from tea leaves and not tea bags!) with splenda and half and half. A very good low carb breakfast in good company.

Most "official" Food Stamp Challenges say you have to include the cost of eating out, but since mine is an unofficial challenge and I get to make my own rules, I'm saying that if the purpose of eating out is mainly social (as this was), then I'll only count the average cost of the meal (breakfast, lunch, or supper) and consider that the rest of the cost comes out of a different budget category. If the main purpose of eating out was the food (like when I forgot to take my lunch last week), then I'll include the whole cost. So although the breakfast actually came to $13, I'm only including 50 cents, though I am including the pre-breakfast I had at 5:30 before going to the shelter. My challenge, my rules!

The other thing that was different was that I had twice as much supper as I would usually have. I saw some people at breakfast who got pancakes that were literally the size of the dinner plate they were served on, and they looked really good. I kept thinking about them and decided that I would have pancakes for supper. I got two or three bags of almond meal at Christmas and was going to use that, but I couldn't find it. I'm sure it's in one of my freezers but I don't know which one or where. But I did find some coconut flour I had forgotten about and was going to use that instead. But then I realized that I was looking forward to binging on the pancakes with oodles of butter (in my mind I was thinking of a whole stick - or more!) and that while the pancakes were fine, the thoughts and feelings that were going along with them were not. So instead I finished up the Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stew, which definitely did need to be used up, but was really 2 servings. The two servings satisfied me which I don't think 1 serving would have. So there's an extra 95 cents from the extra serving.

Monday's food -

Pre-breakfast - MIM with lard and splenda
Breakfast - (eating out) - Veggie Bennie, tea w/splenda and half and half
Lunch - soup - bone broth, frozen spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs
Supper - 2 servings of Pumpkin, Cabbage and Chicken Stew
Evening tea - tea w/splenda and gelatin

Total cost of food eaten - $4.20

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DIET_FRIEND 2/12/2013 2:01PM

    All sounds yummy! I was interested in your recipe for pancakes. I've never tried almond or coconut flour. Hope you cook with them soon.

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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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