Last night I read a story that some CongressCritters were going to try to live on $4.50 per person, per day in food purchases – which is apparently the amount allowed for single SNAP (food stamp) users. Could you do this? My “budget” for food for each of the two of us is $6.00 a day, so I would have to cut back 25% in order to stay within those guidelines.
I read a story
this morning about a lady and her husband and two children (who appear to be about six and maybe nine) who eat well on $200. a month. She claims to not having been a cook, but when the opportunity came along to save, save, save for a down payment on a house, she checked some books out of the library, and learned to cook! It’s a very interesting story in a lot of respects. Take a look, if you have the time.
We eat spectacularly well; I would probably just have to cut back here and there to effect this SNAP budget for us. DH likes steak, so I make that fairly often – but could cut back to a different cut of beef, and use the Crock-Pot more often.
I love whole wheat bread and toast – shown here with a generous amount of sunflower seeds in it. A mixture of regular whole wheat flour and “white” whole wheat flour makes a lovely loaf in the bread machine with very little effort. One slice is very filling, and has a wonderful texture and taste.
The picture at the top of this page is our lunch today – a typical one for us. Out of the picture is a big bucket of homemade salsa, DH’s bowl of soup (about twice the size of mine, and he went back for a refill), and a bowl of about 15 tortilla chips. The soup is Cream of Broccoli, made with half an onion, bits of leftover red pepper, tomatoes, ham, and broccoli; homemade chicken broth (the consistency of very thick Jell-O), Cheddar cheese, milk, a bit of curry paste, and flour were “new” ingredients. There was about a quart of soup leftover, which will be plenty for another meal. We ate all of the veggies, so I’ll have to start over on them!