Having decided to take the food stamp challenge in my own way, I went to the store and purchased these items posted on my food blog Recipe Junkie for brevitys sake.
I spent 133.86 and still have left $66.14 for the rest of the month. The expensive purchases were meat, cheese and milk. A couple of chickens, some pork steaks, hamburger, london broil. The idea is to buy things that are on sale, in bulk quanties that you will be able to use for more than just one meal, use leftovers and use the freezer for something other than prepackaged pizza and junk food.
What do you notice about my shopping list? NO junk food. NO fast food. NO pre prepared meals.
Preparation and storage of the food
I bought a lot of meat at one time so to keep it from spoiling you need to separate the portions into meal sizes and freeze for use during the month.
1. De Bone the chicken breasts from the two birds. Freeze two halves of the breasts separately. Cut off the legs and thighs and freeze. Keep the backs and wings for later this week.
2. Separate the hamburger into 2 portions of about 1 pound each and one portion 2 pounds. Freeze the one pound portions.
3. Cut off about 1 pound of the London Broil and freeze the rest.
4. Freeze the pork steaks for later in the month.
Dinner Day One
Stir fried chicken with vegetables over rice.
One whole chicken breast.
Two spears of celery
Half of one onion
One and a half carrot
Half of one head of broccoli
Half of the red pepper.
One and half cups of rice.
This made enough for a large portion for each of us and we have left over stir fry and rice. Way less than $3.00 per person for this meal!!
The stir fry will be a lunch in a couple of days served over cooked ramen noodles. The rice could be used as rice pudding for dessert or as a breakfast dish.
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon brown sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 cup cooked rice
Combine rice, milk, brown sugar and cinnamon in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy, about 10 minutes. Spoon into serving bowl, let cool 3 minutes. Top with fresh fruit
Makes 1 large serving.
Use berries, sliced banana, peaches, chopped apples, raisins ...... Whatever you have handy