Open Arms of Minnesota

KEVIN: SNAP Challenge Menu

Having just eaten a delicious lunch, from the Open Arms’ kitchen, now might not be the best time to look at the menu for next week’s SNAP Challenge, but here goes. With some careful shopping, primarily at Aldi, but perhaps with visits to Cub and a dollar store, I will purchase $27.65 worth of groceries to live on for one week. Here’s what the menu looks like:

Day One

Breakfast: 1 cup Raisin Bran, ¾ cup of skim milk and a cup of coffee

Lunch: Peanut butter & banana sandwich, a sliced carrot and a glass of water

Dinner: Chicken & pasta (one cup spaghetti with three drumsticks and ½ cup Del Monte spaghetti sauce), one cup of milk…and water

Snack: One six-ounce serving of yogurt…and water

Day Two

Breakfast: One or two eggs, two slices of toast with peanut butter and coffee

Lunch: Leftover chicken & pasta (one cup spaghetti with two drumsticks and ½ cup sauce), a sliced carrot…and water.

Dinner: Grilled cheese sandwich (wheat bread at Aldi for .99 a loaf), a can of tomato soup, one cup of milk…and water

Snack: Banana…and water

Day Three

Breakfast: One cup Raisin Bran, ¾ cup of milk and coffee

Lunch: Peanut butter & banana sandwich, ½ can of pears…and water

Dinner: Spaghetti with ground turkey (one cup spaghetti and ¾ cup sauce), two steamed carrots, one cup of milk…and water

Snack: My second six-ounce yogurt…and water

Day Four

Breakfast: One or two eggs, two slices of toast with peanut butter and coffee

Lunch: Leftover Spaghetti (one cup spaghetti with ¾ cup sauce), ½ can of pears…and water

Dinner: Macaroni & cheese, two chicken drumsticks, ½ cup frozen vegetables, one cup of milk…and water

Snack: One sliced carrot…and water

Day Five

Breakfast: One cup Raisin Bran, ¾ cup of milk and coffee

Lunch: Leftover macaroni & cheese, one or two sliced carrots…and water

Dinner: Grilled cheese sandwich, a can of vegetable soup, one cup of milk…and water

Snack: My second banana…and water

Day Six

Breakfast: One cup Raisin Bran, ¾ cup of milk and coffee

Lunch: Peanut butter & banana sandwich, a sliced carrot…and water

Dinner: Brown rice and black bean casserole (one – one-and-a-half cups), one cup of milk…and water

Snack: My third, and final, six-ounce yogurt…and water

Day Seven

Breakfast: 3-4 slices of French toast with the leftover pear juice substituting for syrup, one veggie omelet and coffee

Lunch: Leftover brown rice and black bean casserole…and water

Dinner: Two drumsticks, one cup brown rice, 2 steamed carrots, one cup of milk…and water

Snack: My third, and final, banana…and water

Next Day – Thanksgiving

Eat whatever I want and be very thankful.

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