BUDGETMAW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUDGETMAW BUDGETMAW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ September Food Stamp Challenge - September 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242341 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - gnawings on chicken bones - I'm guessing I got between one and two cups of meat <BR> <BR> Snack - 1 cup homemade bone broth <BR> <BR> Supper - 1/2 pound (raw weight) ground beef, 1/3 zucchini (300 grams), 1/2 (50 grams) red bell pepper, 1/2 tomato (200 grams) tomato, 50 grams onion - all cooked up together in the drippings from the hamburger <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's food - $2.45 <BR> <BR> Today's protein - 82 grams <BR> <BR> A few comments ... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:19:02 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242081 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - salad of 1 c chicken, 1 egg, 5 T mayo, a squirt of mustard, and 262 gr tomato <BR> <BR> Supper - 1/2 pound (raw weight) hamburger and some leftover veggies (51 gr onion, 1/4 (26 gr) red bell pepper, 1/4 (50 gr) tomato, 1/8 (100 gr) zucchini, sauteed in 1 T coconut oil) all fried up in the drippings from the hamburger <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $2.61 (still using the hamburger at $1.18 per pound, and Farmers Market veggies) <BR> <BR> Pr... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:04:00 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - Summary to date http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241372 Total cost of this week's food - $23.67 <BR> <BR> Average daily cost of this week's food - $3.38 <BR> <BR> Total cost of this month's food to date - $77.51 <BR> <BR> Average daily cost of food this month to date - $3.10 <BR> <BR> Friday's protein binge sure messed up my numbers for the week and month! The excess cost for day (over my target average of $3.00 per day) added 78 cents to the average daily cost and 22 cents to the average daily cost. Yikes! <BR> <BR> I'm still pretty pleased... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:29:36 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241367 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - 150 gr zucchini, 25 gr red bell pepper, 50 gr onion, 50 gr tomato, all sauteed in a tablespoon of coconut oil, then scrambled into 3 eggs plus some leftover scrambled eggs and sausage from yesterday <BR> <BR> Supper - skin from 10 pounds of chicken, and 125 gr of broccoli and 75 gr of carrots with 2 T chicken drippings <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's food - $3.18 <BR> <BR> Today's protein - 88 grams Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:18:57 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241229 Another protein binge day. I wonder if I'm not getting enough protein on a regular basis and so I feel this need to binge on protein periodically? Or on something else that I get - or think I'll get - from the meat? Don't know. At least I'm not binging on - or even interested in - carby stuff. <BR> <BR> Part of it, I know, is that I didn't feel like cooking yesterday, so didn't bother to fix veggies. And no veggies meant that I needed to fill in with more meat. Also didn't have inexpensive v... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:00:29 EST Food Stamp Challenge - September 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240374 Breakfast - a big mug of tea with 1 ounce cream and a couple of squirts of liquid splenda (it was a cold and dismal morning!) <BR> <BR> Lunch - taco salad (minus the chips) at a restaurant before playing bridge <BR> <BR> Supper - 5 eggs poached in 73 grams of heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoons of butter <BR> <BR> I've decided to count $1.50 of the cost of lunch towards my food budget and the rest as part of my social budget. $1.50 is my target maximum cost per meal. <BR> <BR> Total co... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:18:16 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239876 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - 5 eggs scrambled in 1 tablespoon coconut oil <BR> <BR> Supper - leftover pot roast <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's food - $2.10 <BR> <BR> Total protein for the day - 68 grams <BR> <BR> Not a great day for nutrition, but I just wasn't hungry. Well, not for what was available, anyway. It's chilly and drizzly and I would have liked some soup, but am out of broth. Nothing else sounded good and I didn't feel like cooking anything anyway. <BR> <BR> An ... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:27:19 EST TACO SEASONING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239327 TACO SEASONING <BR> (adapted from allrecipes.com) <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup chili powder <BR> 1 teaspoon garlic powder <BR> 1 teaspoon onion powder <BR> 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes <BR> 1 teaspoon dried oregano <BR> 2 teaspoons paprika <BR> 2 tablespoons ground cumin <BR> 4 teaspoons salt <BR> 4 teaspoons black pepper <BR> <BR> Mix it all up, then store it in an airtight container in a cool dark place. I usually store my herbs and spices in the freezer. It's supposed to make them last long... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:49:49 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239323 Breakfast - 4 eggs scrambled in 2 T drippings (yes, I ate breakfast today!) <BR> <BR> Lunch - 2 cups broth (from cooking the pork the other day), the last 4 ounces (raw weight) of the pork, 1/2 cup (raw) chard (from my garden), 100 grams tomatoes (from my garden), 100 grams zucchini, 3 eggs <BR> <BR> Supper - PEPPER STUFF #6, with an ounce of cheddar and a four ounce tomato cut up into it <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $2.37 <BR> <BR> Total grams of protein - 91 <BR> <BR> I use... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:43:46 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238778 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - 4 eggs scrambled in 2 tablespoons drippings with leftovers from last night (hamburger, onion, zucchini, tomato) <BR> <BR> Supper - 12 oz (raw weight) leftover boneless country style pork ribs, 150 grams broccoli, 2 tablespoons drippings, 100 grams fresh tomato, 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's food - $2.63 <BR> <BR> Total protein for the day - 85 grams (I had to add some extra pork to get it up this high) Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:46:48 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238228 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - EASIER CHEESY EGGPLANT, 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 T mayo <BR> <BR> Supper - 8 oz hamburger, 50 gr onion, 200 gr tomato, 200 gr zucchini, 1 oz cheddar, less about 1/5 of the above because it was too much <BR> <BR> Snack (at bridge) - 4 oz cheddar cheese, about 4 pecans, 1 or 2 cashews <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's food, excluding the snacks at bridge - $2.11. <BR> <BR> Total protein today, including the snacks - 100 grams. <BR> <BR> I forgot that ther... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:49:26 EST EASIER CHEESY EGGPLANT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237943 Easier than what, you ask? Than cooking it the way the original recipe said to. The original recipe called for scooping the eggplant out of the shells, cooking the rest of it up, stuffing the mixture back into the shells, putting the stuffed shells into a baking dish and adding water (I guess to steam them), then adding strips of cheese to the tops when when done. Too much work for me. I convert most stuffed vegetable dishes to just gloppy mixtures by cutting up the vegetable "shells" and add... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:32:30 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - Summary to date http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237622 Eighteen days (I started on August 31), total costs of $53.84, average daily cost of $2.99. And that includes Mom's supper the other day. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:51:38 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237546 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - 200 grams zucchini and 50 grams onion sauteed in 2 tablespoons beef drippings, then scrambled into 4 eggs <BR> <BR> Supper - a pound (raw weight) of boneless country style pork ribs, 100 grams broccoli, 1 tablespoon butter, half a tomato, half a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar <BR> <BR> Total cost for the day - $2.75 <BR> <BR> Total grams of protein - 90 Sat, 17 Sep 2016 19:56:23 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237453 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE <BR> <BR> Supper - 1 pound (raw weight) boneless country style pork ribs, 100 grams broccoli, 1 tablespoon butter, half a tomato (about 3 ounces), half a teaspoon balsamic vinegar <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $3.23 <BR> <BR> I realized last night that I was really low on protein, and have been lately. I started with just 8 ounces raw weight of the ribs, but added another 8 ounces to get my protein u... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:26:08 EST Oops! Way low on protein! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237452 I checked my macronutrients last night, especially protein, and I've been way low. Don't know exactly - or even approximately! - what I need, but I'm sure I haven't been getting it. I've done Food Stamp Challenges several times, and I don't think I've ever been this low on protein. So I thought about it overnight and decided that there are two main reasons for the low protein. <BR> <BR> First, I've been focusing on getting summer veggie casseroles in the freezer, and most of the recipes cal... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:22:04 EST ITALIAN HAMBURGER AND ZUCCHINI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237015 I made a batch of this to freeze. Got to take advantage of the cheap, plentiful and local zucchini! This is all headed to the freezer. <BR> <BR> I sort of goofed, though. I used one pound of hamburger to make four servings, and it only came out to 14 grams of protein per serving! I guess that's right, but it seems awfully low. I'll need to add some cheese or something to it when I eat it. <BR> <BR> I used a pound of fresh tomatoes, just because I have them and they need to be used up. It w... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:42:42 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236559 Back on track today. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - 4 eggs scrambled into 100 grams of zucchini sauteed in a tablespoon of beef drippings. <BR> <BR> Snack - the last of the blackberries <BR> <BR> Supper - 150 grams of leftover pot roast, 200 grams of zucchini sauteed in 2 tablespoons of beef drippings. <BR> <BR> I also had 100 grams of tomato with a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, but I oversalted them and they were yucky so I tossed them. I did include the cost, though... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:15:58 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236274 I didn't post yesterday because, well, you know how it goes - if I don't write it down it didn't happen, right? Actually, I did fine until supper, and then basically binged. On good stuff, mind you, but I still ate too much and well after I was satisfied. Oh well. These things happen. I really think that part of it was knowing how cheap the hamburger was (I'm pricing it at $1.18 a pound, because that was the price on two trips to Winco this month). <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's what I ate Wednes... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:23:27 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235503 Mom came over for supper tonight, which is always something of a challenge because we eat so differently. Not only does she eat carby stuff, but she doesn't eat the veggies I eat. I couldn't decide what to serve, until I remembered that Winco had chuck roast on sale for $2.98 a pound when I was there a few days ago. So I went back there today to get a roast, and couldn't find any at that price. They had chuck steaks for $2.98. but no roasts. So I asked if they had any, and the manager brought... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 01:16:23 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234808 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch (late - almost 2:00) - 3 eggs scrambled in drippings, and one hard-boiled egg with mayo (I discovered that the first egg I tried to break was hard-boiled, so couldn't scramble it) <BR> <BR> Snack - a few blackberries <BR> <BR> Supper - ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND ZUCCHINI, buttered broccoli <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's food - $2.25. It was plenty to satisfy me, but no enough nutritionally (just barely over 1000 calories, and I prefer around 1600). But I di... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:23:55 EST ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND ZUCCHINI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234801 Was this ever good! I don't usually pay $3.00 a pound for meat, but because the sausage has so much flavor, a little bit goes a long way. I had planned to double the zucchini, but it wouldn't fit in my skillet, so I didn't. <BR> <BR> ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND ZUCCHINI <BR> (Adapted from The Hoosier Cookbook) <BR> <BR> 1 lb Italian sausage <BR> 100 gr onion, chopped <BR> 250 gr tomatoes, chopped <BR> 450 gr zucchini, coarsely grated <BR> 1 t lemon juice (optional) <BR> 1/2 t salt <BR> 1/2 t bla... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:18:26 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234226 Breakfast - tea with 2 T heavy whipping cream, 1 packet splenda, and 1 T MCT oil (I consider the MCT oil as a supplement and not food so haven't included the cost) <BR> <BR> Lunch - 230 grams leftover pork roast <BR> <BR> Snack - about 1/4 cup blackberries <BR> <BR> Supper - PEPPER STUFFING #6, 1 tomato (8 oz), 1 t balsamic vinegar <BR> (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-d<BR>etail.asp?recipe=3138592) <BR> <BR> Total cost for the day's food - $3.06 Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:44:55 EST PEPPER STUFF #6 - recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234221 Which is very much like PEPPER STUFF #5, except I increased the veggies. And I used Cajon seasoning instead of taco seasoning, because that's what I had on hand, but you can vary the seasoning without changing the recipe. <BR> <BR> PEPPER STUFF #6 <BR> <BR> 1 lb ground beef <BR> 100 gr onion, chopped <BR> 1 big zucchini, not peeled, coarsely grated (675 grams trimmed) <BR> 1 green (or red or orange or yellow) pepper, chopped (100 grams trimmed) <BR> 2 T Cajun seasoning (or taco or Italian ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:37:17 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - summary to date http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233892 My total cost of food for the week was $18.40, and my average daily cost of food for the week was $2.63. Well below my goal of no more than $3.00 average daily cost of food. <BR> <BR> My total cost of food for the month to date (eleven days, since I actually started on August 31) was $30.38. My average daily cost of food for the month to date is $2.76. Again, well below my goal of no more than $3.00 average cost of food for the month. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:37:46 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233888 Breakfast - none - IF (sure helps the budget!) <BR> <BR> Lunch - salad of 1 can tuna, 2 eggs, 3 T mayo, and two small tomatoes <BR> <BR> Snack - a few blackberries <BR> <BR> Supper - Fried Pork and Cabbage (2 T coconut oil, 230 grams of leftover roast pork, 200 grams of cabbage, 100 grams of onion, 100 grams of carrot) <BR> <BR> Total cost for the day - $3.36. And 31 cents of that was about 8 blackberries! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:33:57 EST Scoring at the Farmers Market http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233541 I did well at the Farmers Market today. Which is actually sort of odd, because in my experience Farmers Markets are not usually a cheap place to shop. <BR> <BR> I got a pint of beautiful blackberries for $2.50. Definitely not cheap, but they looked (and are!) oh so good. <BR> <BR> I got 10 pounds of organic tomatoes for $1.00 a pound! They were on sale for $2.00 a pound, or $1.00 if you bought at least 10 pounds, so of course I got 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> I got two great big yellow zucchini... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:55:45 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233055 Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - I finished up the KALE AND VEGGIE EGG DROP SOUP, but added an extra egg to it to increase both the nutrition and the calories <BR> <BR> Supper - 8 ounces (raw weight) ground beef, cooked, with a serving of RATATOUILLE. <BR> <BR> Total cost for the day's food - $2.59. <BR> <BR> I'm stuffed, and have been all day, but my calories are less than 1300 for the day. I need to get in more calories. I'd lose more weight that way. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 20:07:47 EST Low Budget and Low Nutrition? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232856 It just occurred to me that while I'm doing great with my Food Stamp Budget from a budget perspective, I've been low on the nutrition side of things. Which is ok for me, because I take supplements, but not ok for someone who really is on food stamps and can't afford supplements. One of the problems with eating real food instead of processed food is that processed foods are often "enriched" and real foods aren't. If I were drinking milk (Vitamin D) and eating cereals and bread (usually enriche... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 11:57:30 EST RATATOUILLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232507 There are at least a gazillion recipes for Ratatouille. Here's how I made mine today. It's a combination of a couple of recipes. <BR> <BR> RATATOUILLE <BR> <BR> 2 T olive oil <BR> 1 large onion, chopped <BR> 3 cloves garlic <BR> 1 T Italian seasoning <BR> 1 eggplant, in 1/2" dice <BR> 2 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut in 1/2' pieces <BR> 1 pepper, in 1/2" dice <BR> 2 large tomatoes, chopped <BR> 4 oz grated parmesan <BR> 6 oz shredded mozzarella <BR> <BR> Put 1 T of olive oil in a l... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 21:17:10 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232500 Menu - <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - KALE AND VEGGIE EGG DROP SOUP <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230079 </link> <BR> <BR> Supper - 222 g leftover roast pork, RATATOUILLE <BR> <BR> Total cost for the day - $2.62 <BR> <BR> I thought my calories, carbs and cost would all be high today. They're not. None of them are, though the carbs are a bit higher than some people like. 1315 calories, 91 g fat, 91 g protein, 31 g ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 21:00:03 EST Zucchini leaves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232497 Did you know you can cook zucchini leaves (and pumpkin leaves and other squash leaves, too)? They're a bit tough, but if you cut them into thin strips and saute them in olive oil (bacon grease would probably be better!) with some onion, they're not bad. And they're basically free. Most zucchini plants can spare a few leaves with no problem. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 20:51:02 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 5, 6 and 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231963 Looks like I missed a couple of days. <BR> <BR> Monday, September 5 - <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - 4 eggs scrambled in 2 T chicken fat with PEPPER STUFFING #5 <BR> <BR> Snack - 1 cup bone broth (free) <BR> <BR> Supper - at Mom's house. I'm figuring on $1.50, which is my target cost for suppers. <BR> <BR> Total cost, including the supper at $1.50, $2.38 <BR> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, September 6 - <BR> <BR> Breakfast - bone broth (free) with one egg <BR> <BR> Lunch - 2 ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 21:37:25 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230222 Today turned out to be cheaper than I expected. Lunch was soup made from pork broth (from boiling up some ribs last week), kale (from my garden), tomatoes I'd frozen last summer, onion, and eggs. Plus some salt, pepper and turmeric. Total cost for lunch - 41 cents. <BR> <BR> Supper was the skin from a package of chicken thighs. I pulled the skin off the thighs and spread it out on a cooling rack inside a baking sheet, then baked it at 400 until the skin was really crisp and crunchy. Deliciou... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 21:44:53 EST KALE AND VEGGIE EGG DROP SOUP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230079 I just posted a generic recipe for VEGGIE EGG DROP SOUP at <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230075 </link> <BR> <BR> Today I made KALE AND VEGGIE EGG DROP SOUP. Here's my recipe, more or less. <BR> <BR> KALE AND VEGGIE EGG DROP SOUP <BR> <BR> 3 c pork broth (from cooking pork ribs last week) <BR> 3 c water (because the broth was pretty strong - I don't usually add water) <BR> 110 gr chopped kale (from my garden) <BR> 100 gr chopped tomatoes <B... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 15:00:11 EST VEGGIE EGG DROP SOUP RECIPE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230075 Which isn't really a recipe. It's more guidelines for dumping. <BR> <BR> VEGGIE EGG DROP SOUP <BR> <BR> broth, whatever kind you have, preferably home made bone broth <BR> veggies, whatever kind you feel like - onion, kale/spinach/chard, tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, whatever <BR> seasoning of choice - salt, pepper, turmeric (it's good for you), Italian seasoning, whatever, or none <BR> eggs <BR> <BR> Heat the broth with the veggies and seasonings and simmer until the veggies ar... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 14:54:03 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229786 Not a good day. Russell (my dog) and I went for an extra long (for us) walk this morning and didn't get back until after 11. Then I was sore and tired and didn't feel like cooking lunch, so just scrambled some eggs with some leftover Pepper Stuffing, Which was fine. Went over to Mom's this afternoon and didn't get back until about 5, and didn't feel like fixing supper, so just had some leftover country style pork ribs (from the pork shoulder roast), and then had some more. And then ran the le... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 02:15:34 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229149 Lazy "cooking" today. Really lazy. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - salad of 1/6 head lettuce, 1 tomato, 4 hard boiled eggs, 3 T mayo <BR> <BR> Supper - 1 c green beans, 234 oz roasted pork shoulder <BR> <BR> Total cost of day's food - about $2.59 Fri, 2 Sep 2016 19:56:45 EST FRIED PORK AND CABBAGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228595 This is something I eat a lot of, whether I'm trying to save money or not. Pork is often the cheapest meat available, even cheaper than chicken, when both are on sale. And it's my favorite, too. Cabbage is often on sale for 39 or 49 cents a pound, and it keeps really well, so I stock up. Carrots are usually 99 cents for two pounds, or 45 cents a pound, but seldom go on sale. And onions are available fairly often for 39 cents a pound, and they keep well too. <BR> <BR> I used some boneless c... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 20:19:09 EST September Food Stamp Challenge, September 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228586 Rats! I somehow didn't include the cost of the eggs in yesterday's lunch in the cost of yesterday's food. But I underestimated the size of the jar of coconut oil, so I'm pretty sure I overestimated the cost of the coconut oil. Don't know that they'll cancel out, but it should at least help. <BR> <BR> Today's menu - <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - eggs scrambled in coconut oil with PEPPER STUFFING #5, cucumber in sour cream <BR> <BR> Supper - FRIED PORK AND CABBAGE <BR> ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 20:02:29 EST TACO VEGGIE STUFF #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227968 It's #3 because I already have two recipes for Taco Veggie Stuff in my SP recipes. <BR> <BR> TACO VEGGIE STUFF #3 <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=3134185 </link> <BR> <BR> 1 lb ground beef <BR> 50 gr chopped onion <BR> 1 zucchini, coarsely grated (about 1 pound) <BR> 1 eggplant, peeled and coarsely grated (about 1 pound) <BR> 3 T taco seasoning <BR> <BR> Start browning the hamburger, to release some of the grease. Then add the veggies and the seasoning. C... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:36:29 EST PEPPER STUFF #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227964 It's #5 because I've made several versions of it. It's leftover from last summer. This batch used taco seasoning, but I've also made it with Moroccan seasoning, Greek seasoning and Italian seasoning. <BR> <BR> PEPPER STUFF #5 <BR> <link>https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci<BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=2964775 </link> <BR> <BR> 1 lb ground beef <BR> 50 grams chopped onion <BR> 50 grams chopped green bell pepper <BR> 1 lb coarsely grated zucchini <BR> 2 T taco seasoning <BR> <BR> Brown meat ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:28:15 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - August 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227959 OK, so it's not really September yet, but I need to cost out some of what I ate today anyway, so went ahead and started. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none - IF <BR> Lunch - 4 eggs scrambled in coconut oil with half a serving of PEPPER STUFF #5 (leftover from last summer), salad of 1 small tomato (47 gr after coring), 1/3 English cucumber, 25 gr sour cream <BR> Supper - Taco-ish Salad - 1 serving TACO VEGGIE STUFF #2, lettuce (about 1/8 head), 30 gr cheddar, 50 gr sour cream <BR> <BR> Total cost - ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:20:15 EST Avoiding food waste http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227914 Not wasting food is a good way to save money and the environment! Check out SP's article at http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrit<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=2144 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:40:33 EST September Food Stamp Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227844 I made a SNAP (no pun intended) decision today to do a Food Stamp Challenge for September. I haven't done one since I moved to Idaho and it's about time. <BR> <BR> My challenge is a bit different than the "official" ones. For one thing, I'll do it for the whole month, not just for a few day. And I won't be locking my cupboards and only eating what I "buy" with my Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits. I have too much food that needs to be used up. Instead, I will be costing out my meals and using that... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:58:23 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175436 Today I am thankful that I was able to get into the dentist's on almost a moment's notice, and that he was able to fix my tooth with just a filling instead of a crown or implant like I was afraid he'd have to do. (I lost a chunk of tooth last night.) <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that Claude (17-year old Congolese refugee who died last week) had a nice funeral and a great turnout for it. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that my knees don't hurt nearly as much or as often as they did a couple ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 22:41:36 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170257 Today I am thankful for sunshine and a light breeze and perfect temp. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for food that is health-giving and affordable and available and abundant. For water that is the same. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for health and health care and health insurance. Wed, 25 May 2016 16:31:32 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169780 Today I am thankful for Dr. Atkins and the others who promoted a low carb lifestyle so many years ago. They were definitely ahead of their time! And all the folks who have continued to do research, a lot of which supports those early low carbers. And my friend Valerie, a pharmacist, who told me she'd tried to prove how bad it was for a nurse who was doing Atkins, but couldn't. I would never have started without that. <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that bindweed comes up so easily. I got a lot... Tue, 24 May 2016 22:34:38 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169182 Today I'm thankful that the big black clouds that blew in suddenly about 7:00 this evening blew back out again just as quickly, and Russell and I were able to get our evening walk in. <BR> <BR> Today I'm thankful that Sherry was able to get Mom and me in to get our hair done this afternoon, with practically no notice. Shampoo for Mom, haircut (long overdue) for me. And I'm thankful it turned out pretty good, too! <BR> <BR> Today I'm thankful that plans for a family get together in July are ... Tue, 24 May 2016 00:03:40 EST Gratitude Journal - Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168171 Today I am thankful for sunshine! The rain was great, but I love how bright it is outside now, and how brilliantly green the trees are. And not having to water! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful that my knees are feeling so much better and that Russell and I took a longer than usual walk. He's hoping for at least one more today! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for my SP friends. Thank you. Sun, 22 May 2016 13:31:41 EST