Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Week 2- of Menus for A "Food Stamp" Challenge

If you are newly joining in on the menus, I really encourage you to read 4 Weeks of Meals on a Food Stamp Budget first, as it will help all of this to make more sense, and answer a lot of questions you may have.  Enjoy!

Week 2
Day 1
L- Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich + Raw Veggies
S- Popcorn with Butter and a little Salt
D- Lasagna (from freezer left-overs) + Steamed Broccoli

Day 2
B- Baked Oatmeal (left-overs)
L- Salmon dip, Crackers + Raw Veggies
S- Nuts and Dried Fruit

Day 3
B- Baked Oatmeal (left-overs)
L- Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches + Raw Veggies
S- Ezekiel Raisin Bread with Coconut Oil
D- Chicken with Quinoa (cook all chicken, then freeze ½ the chicken, about 1 lb. for the Alfredo- and freeze the left-over chicken broth, use 1 1/2 of sweet peppers) + Salad

Day 4
B- Mango Oatmeal (made same as week 1, day 1 blueberry, but mango instead)
L- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches + Raw Veggies
S- Popcorn with Butter and a little Salt
D- Sausage w/ Peppers and Fusilli Noodles (use half the bag), (slice sausage, 1 1/2 of sweet peppers, and medium onion- cook in a little oil until onions are soft, pour half bottle of Italian salad dressing over it, serve warm over noodles) + Salad
*Soak 2 bags of pinto beans in a large pot, to make refried beans tomorrow.

Day 5
B- Scrambled Eggs and Ezekiel Raisin Bread Toast w/ Coconut Oil
L- Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches + Raw Veggies
S- Vanilla Yogurt with Fruit
D- Refried Bean Tacos (make double beans, recipe on bag), Guacamole and Spanish Rice

Day 6
B- Blueberry Pancakes (make triple the recipe) w/ Applesauce or Yogurt
L- Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich + Raw Veggies
S- Popcorn with Butter and a little Salt
D- 7 Layer Dip (use left-over refried beans, and rice if any left, cheese, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, salsa) and Chips
*Defrost chicken to use in Alfredo.

Day 7
B- Pancakes (left-overs)
L-Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich + Raw Veggies
S- Nuts and Dried Fruit
D- Chicken Alfredo (use the extra chicken from quinoa meal, add cooked chicken to 1 jar of sauce then heat it up, serve over noodles) + Peas + Salad

Fresh Fruit Choices:  ($17.50 per week to spend)
1- 3lb. bag of Cutie Oranges (about 24 small oranges- eaten 2 at a time)- Target  $6.59 -$0.55 per serving
1- 3lb. bag of Organic Apples (about 9 apples)- Target  $5.49  -$0.61 per serving 
1- 2 lb. bag of Organic Pears (about 7 pears)- Trader Joe's  $2.49  -$0.36 per serving
7 Bananas- Target or Trader Joe's  $0.57lb.  about $0.19 per serving
Organic Strawberries 1 lb.- TJ’s or Target  $3.49  about $0.69 per serving
Organic Grapes 1 lb.- TJ's or Target  $2.99   about $0.38 per serving

*If there is extra avocado or peppers they make a great add on to lunch.
*To cook the frozen vegetables you can either put them straight into a pot with water, then heat on the stove top, or add a steam basket into the pot for more even cooking.  Just make sure you add water up to the bottom of the basket, or you may end up burning the bottom of your pan, like I've done a few times.  :P
*A popcorn machine is a great investment.  They cost about $20 at Target.  They don't need any oil, making it healthier than pan popping, and are much safer to eat than microwaved popcorn which has been linked to Alzheimer's disease.
*We like to lightly toast the Ezekiel bread.  We just like the taste that way.

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