Getting back to the basics, creatively

Back to Basics

It seems most Challengers are finding basic foods to be the cheapest and most versatile. Foods like Beans, bread, spaghetti, and peanut butter to name a few. We can't help but notice the lack of meat being bought for this week. Just something to ruminate on...(Pun intended).  I survived my first day! Luckily, I was pretty busy with errands, chores & homework/studying, so it wasn't as difficult as I thought. I'm pretty sure I am going to attempt the same menu today. I'm trying to save my huge batch of spaghetti for later on in the week, but we'll see how that goes.

Flashback: growing up as kid, my parents were working 24/7, so to be honest, I am kind of used to eating soups, pbj's, and oatmeal. They used to call me "Tin-y" because I was so "thin/skinny." I would come home from school and make myself a pbj or ham sandwich. As a child, you don't realize that there are so many people out there who eat like this because they have no other choice. It's an eye-opener & it feels great to be doing this. I think more people should be aware and learn that "wasting" food is literally such a waste! My dad always taught us to finish all the food on our plate, and I am teaching my kids the same lesson. :)

                                  -Submitted by: CalFresh Challenger


I decided to go grocery shopping yesterday so that I would be prepared for today, since I could not use any of the foods that I had at home. I went ahead and bought a loaf of bread($1.00), a carton of eggs($1.99) and a some turkey deli meat($1.99). So for breakfast I made myself some french toast. I used two pieces of bread and one egg. For lunch I made myself some egg drop soup. All I used was some boiled water, chicken flavor bouillon, some ginger, soy sauce and one egg. For dinner I had a turkey sandwich with some egg drop soup that I had left over from lunch. I found a tomato in my garden, so I cut some up and put it in my sandwich. Today since I was home all day it was harder than I thought. I am used to grabbing snacks throughout the day. Hopefully tomorrow that I am at work it will be easier. I don't tend to snack as much at work as I do at home. I still have some eggs, bread and turkey meat. I will see what I can buy tomorrow for about $4.00 to add to what I had left over today. I will have to be creative with my meals. Will see how day two goes.

-Submitted by: CalFresh Challenger