Sunday, October 24, 2010

Shopping for the Texas Food Stamps Challenge

Tonight, I went shopping for groceries in anticipation of the Texas Food Stamp Challenge. The budget for the week is $20. Tonight's shopping came in at under $10. I held back so I could have extra money to adjust my meals. I bought the following:
  • Nescafe Clasico (instant coffee, gotta have coffee)
  • Moms Oats (cholesterol thing)
  • Parade Hot Sauce (anything that tastes bad can be improved with hot sauce)
  • Carrots (for snacking between meals)
  • Whitehall Specialties Jalapeno Cheese slices (cholesterol free)
  • Chicken bologna
  • Riceland Rice
  • Bimbo soft wheat bread
  • 2 lb bulk pinto beans
  • 2 garlic bulbs
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
The plan is:
  • Breakfast: Oatmeal and coffee
  • Lunch: Sandwich with rice or beans (alternating)
  • Dinner: Rice and beans, beans and rice (Dave Ramsey Diet)
  • Snacks: Carrot sticks
Tonight, I cooked some rice with cilantro for flavor. This gives me three bowls. It's a bit late for cooking beans, so I'll leave that for tomorrow evening. 

I considered buying potatoes. I could always pop one in the microwave or boil it. I also considered a can of mixed vegetables, milk, and cereal. I'm also thinking cabbage might serve well for soup with the carrots and garlic. Depending on cost, I might buy zucchini, yellow squash, or cucumbers for a nice soup with a bouillon cube. Or, I might throw in a ramen soup. I may need more rice. I really considered a pack of tortillas. 

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