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Tuesday, February 26

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Breakfast - MIM, tea with splenda and gelatin
Lunch - Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche
Supper - meatloaf, Roasted Cinnamon Delicata
Snack - tea with splenda and cream

Total cost of food eaten - $4.02

I splurged at school last night and had tea with cream and splenda. I take my own tea bags (I drink decaf tea and few places have it) so they only charge me for the cup (39 cents with tax) even though I use their Splenda and cream. It makes me a bit uncomfortable, getting the cream and splenda without paying for it, but that's the way they price it.


Monday, February 25

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Food Stamp Challenge is over, but I thought I'd continue to post my menus, at least for now. I'm sort of curious to see how much my "normal" food costs.

Breakfast - turkey broth (from the carcass from last night), eggs, gelatin
Lunch - I gnawed the bones that had been cooking all night in the crockpot for broth and still had quite a bit of meat left on them, and had some romaine with herb vinaigrette
Supper - meatloaf, Cinnamon Roasted Delicata
Evening tea - tea with splenda and gelatin

total cost of food eaten today - $3.40


Cinnamon Roasted Delicata

Monday, February 25, 2013

Delicata squash is lower carb winter squash. The ones I have seen at the Farmers Market are about a pound each. They are sweet, cook more quickly than other winter squash, have a thinner peel that cuts easily, and the peel is eaten, too. Which makes it much easier to use than most winter squash. One pound of squash has 158 calories and about 33 net carbs.

Tonight I cut a squash in half legnthwise and scooped out the seeds (which of course I'm saving to bake and eat like pumpkin seeds). Then I cut it up into about 1" pieces, tossed them in 2 tablespoons of melted lard (coconut oil or butter would work, too), and then tossed with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Baked it at 400 for about 20 minutes or until soft. It was very good, with all the sweetness coming from the squash itself. I ate half of it tonight, which is more carbs than I usually have from a veggie, but that was about all the carbs for the day.

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EXOTEC 2/26/2013 12:46AM

    Delicata is hands-down my very favorite squash! Seems like you can only get it for a limited window of time, unfortunately. That may be best though, since if we're eating seasonally correct foods, and that's the right time for Delicata...well...

I also do the cinnamon thing. I don't cube it up, though; I just slice it in half lengthwise, put a goodly portion of butter in the scooped-out cavity, and sprinkle it with Splenda blend and cinnamon. I bake mine under foil with a little water in the pan for about 30 minutes and then take the foil off and finish cooking til it's tender. I can make a whole meal out of half a Delicata! I've also used pie spice, which is tasty on any winter squash.

Yum. Now I've got to go on a safari for Delicata! I wonder...maybe I could cube it up like you do and freeze the cubes. Or mash the baked meat and freeze that? I just want it out of season, glutton that I am! LOL

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LIVERIGHTNOW 2/25/2013 8:00PM

    that sounds yummy. Haven't seen Delicata since I moved up here. There is a Farmer's Market about 45 minutes away...might try there but not sure they are open this time of year. Tuesday is their day, maybe I'll go for a drive tomorrow. Thanks MAW

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Here's a recipe for meatloaf. It's not real cheap, but it's reasonably priced. And good. And low carb. And easy.

(adapted from Low Carb Comfort Food Cookbook)

2/3 c heavy cream
1-1/2 lb lean ground beef
1 T dried parsley
1/2 c finely minced onion
1 t salt, or to taste
Pepper to taste
1 oz Parmesan cheese
1 egg

Preheat oven to 325.

Combine all ingredients, mixing lightly. Do not overmix. Put in oaf pan. Bake for about 1 hour or until done.

Total cost, using ground chuck at $2.77 per lb = $5.36, or $1.34 per serving for 4 servings.

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NANCYPAT1 2/25/2013 7:50PM

    Thank you for posting the recipe - it sounds delicious

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Well, my 30 day Food Stamp Challenge is over. I overspent a little - $103.13 for the month and I was shooting for under $100, but there were some expensive veggies that I had on hand when the Challenge started that had to be eaten even though they raised the cost of my food. So I'm satisfied. This last week, when all the old veggies were gone, I averaged $3.06 per day.

For the month, I averaged the following daily nutrition -

Calories - 1726
Fat - 130 grams (68%)
Total carbs - 40 grams
Fiber - 14 grams
Net carbs - 26 grams
Protein - 106 grams

And I lost 8 pounds this month.

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BUDGETMAW 2/25/2013 7:31AM

  Honestly, Birgit? I buy my eggs and most of my beef and pork and almost all of my summer veggies at the Farmers Market, though I priced them at the regular stores for this challenge. The rest of my food (and almost everything as I priced it for this challenge) comes from Sam's, Walmart, Kroger (a major chain that's owned by the same people that own Fred Meyers and another big chain that I can't remember), and Marsh (a large mid-Western chain). And a few things from the local health food store/co-op. Mostly Walmart, except for when Marsh or Kroger has a really really good sale, or a very few things (like Juanita's Mexican Style Hominy) that Walmart doesn't carry.

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WOUBBIE 2/25/2013 12:02AM

    That is completely awesome, Maw!

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/24/2013 11:52PM

    Amazing! Great job! Both on the budgeting and on the weight loss. I guess my grocery bill shows me that I am really a picky eater. Fortunately more and more of our food comes from our garden, veggies, fruit and eggs.
Just curious, where do you shop? emoticon emoticon

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