SNAP and Whole Wheat Toast

broc soup with wwh toast

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

http://www.dailyfinance.com/photos/how-a-family-of-four-manages-to-live-well-on-just-14-000-per-year/

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!

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About judilyn

RV'er, foody, caregiver, knowledge seeker
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11 Responses to SNAP and Whole Wheat Toast

  1. looks good to me:) I love stories like this πŸ™‚ Cooking on a budget can be very challenging but very fun… it allows you to become creative and to be open to learning new things:) Of course I am not going to lie… I do like cooking when there is no budget too..LOL caviar anyone:)

    • judilyn says:

      I buy a lot of staples in bulk, even though there are only two of us. Makes things like beans, rice, split peas, etc. insignificant in cost per meal.

      • Bulk is an awesome way to do things:) The main thing is to store it properly:)

      • judilyn says:

        I’m lucky to live in a dry climate, and have lots of large, airtight containers, and many shelves! More of a problem in Florida, although I did it to some extent when I lived there.

      • Florida is great for many reasons… food storage is not one of them… but I have found that a vacume sealer or the refrigerator /freezer are my allies in the sunny south Florida warmth and humidity:)

      • judilyn says:

        Lived in Miami for 36 years. Prefer The West!!! I always had a freezer in Florida, but that didn’t help for keeping things from getting soggy. Didn’t have Lock & Lock containers then, but they probably would have helped. Vacuum sealers weren’t extant then, either. Been gone since 1985!

      • LOL πŸ™‚ I must say I am not a fan of the soggy:) Vacuum sealer has been on a first name bases with me:) everything goes soggy from the humidity really fast… but on the bright side it is wonderful for making bread πŸ™‚ and there is nothing like a day on the beach… and I love the heat:) another great thing about Florida the nice flat roads πŸ™‚ Another bright thing about FL I never have to worry about drying out my skin..LOL Despite all the downfalls of FL, I still love living here:)…ps I think in general there are better restaurants out West & lovely sunsets against the mountains & fantastic wine- wine here is too sweet for me:)

  2. Shirley Nordenberg says:

    I love Cream of Broccoli Soup Your meals always look so good ! AND taste good !! See you soon.

  3. Liz says:

    Ham and broccoli, and cheddar cheese made with homemade broth must taste lovely. It’s high time I made some broccoli soup. I always just steam mine. Have a wonderful week!

    • judilyn says:

      I steam a big batch of broccoli (or cauliflower – the next up soup!) for the vegetable for a dinner, and then use the “planned over” amount in the soup during the next few days. Saute a bit of onion, make a thin cream sauce with a combination of broth and milk, add the veggies. Got a few leftover potato bits (even mashed) or a straggly mushroom or two? Here’s where to put them. Sprinkle in some Cheddar (or put it on top), and serve.

      All done! Dill is great on the cauliflower variety.

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