With little left in the house I did my first shopping with my budget in mind. I ran out before breakfast.
I learned something about bacon, it is not standard. Packages that appear to be the same size vary from 12 to 16 ounces, and that can make a big difference. I bought a pound and counted 16 nice slices in that pound making it affordable.
I refused to compromise on eggs. Because chickens do eat their own waste when they are in crowded conditions I wanted free range, organic from a farm I know gives them space. Fortunately I found them on sale for 2.39 a dozen so I bought two dozen.
1/4 pomegranate .50
Small pot of coffee .25
2 eggs .20
1 slice of bacon .19
1 slice dry rye toast .10
I got an e mail from a reader informing me that food stamps are meant to be a supplement NOT the only source of food.
Agreed; that is what they are meant to be. Unfortunately for many they ARE the only source of food other than the food bank as their income does not allow additional purchases.
And while I have only consumed 420 calories I have had almost half the protein I need for the day and more than half of the B12.
I did a second shopping at Costco and bought much less than I had anticipated. I did not want to blow much of my months budget on large quantities and found myself standing in the aisle calculating amounts/servings/additional ingredients needed and bypassing much of what I had thought I would purchase.
My first find was a big jar of olives at a great price. The second was tea bags that would bring my iced tea cost to .03 for a big glass.
I rejoiced when I found some grass fed Halal stew meat at a great price. The quantity was reasonable and I can easily use it all. I had someone ask me what Halal meant and she seemed offended at the explanation and called me a Muslim lover as she wheeled away.
Yes ma'am I am absolutely a Muslim lover. I've even been known to love a few Christians and Jews.
For lunch I am enjoying a split pea soup that I made using, onion, carrot, half a pound of split peas and water. I finished it with some seasoning and 2 smoked Keilbasa. 8 cups at .23 a serving.
I had two cups of this at lunch along with the other half of the can of tuna without all the extras like bread and tomatoes and it came to .65.
2 cups soup .46
Tuna Salad .65
Lunch total 1.11
Right now I am just over 800 calories and my B6 and B12 are covered as well as my protein.
I spent much of the day planning and shopping and as often happens when I focus too much on food. I lose my appetite. At dinner time I did not want anything I had planned so I ate 1/4 of a fennel bulb.
I suffer from low blood sugar and sodium so skipping meals is not an option so I finally went into the kitchen and make a quick pasta. It had similar flavor to a puttanesca but lacked the capers, to make up for it I doubled up on the garlic.
With one can of tomatoes and a can of anchovies some olives and garlic I made enough sauce for 4 servings bringing the sauce to .65.
Pasta (two ounces) .16
Iced Tea .03
Day total 3.49 leaving me .40 to carry over into today.
I did not do a great job of covering my vitamins such as C and the day was 1,485 calories, about half what I need.
I am a chef with a nutrition background. Can you just imagine how difficult this is for a busy Mother to deal with?