I’ve decided to do something a little different. I am feeling the pains of trying to start something without a clear enough focus/format to actually maintain it on an ongoing basis. I spent a lovely afternoon in Oakland today, hanging out with Kate of Blue Chair Jams, Kate Payne “The Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking”, Sean Timberlake of Punk Domestics and some other creative folks. There was a lovely spread of teas, sandwiches, baked goodies to enjoy while chatting. Something that Kate Payne said really struck me when she was talking about her book. She mentioned having to learn to eat well off food stamps for a time and that got me thinking (oh no!). So I started doing a little online research and found that for a family of three that meets the minimum income requirements (ie no net income after allowable deductions), the maximum they would receive in Food Stamps would be $526 a month. Now I think I am pretty close to that goal of $132 a week but I am really going to try and stick to that only. Seems to me if I want to advocate that anyone can have a healthy and interesting diet with just a little work and planning then I better model that behavior and stick to the same budget. So I’m going to start spending like I’m on Food Stamps and share what I learn. So get ready. It’s going to take a few weeks to get real as I do have things in my pantry that I will be using until I need to replace them.
These are my staples:
Along with that I have a good selection of spices and supplement our diet with fruit and vegetables from our garden. I enjoy the lifestyle but I understand that for many people they have no idea where to begin and have extremely limited resources. I’ll try to let you know what works (or doesn’t and then maybe you will feel you can give it a shot. I will try to be more descriptive of the menu on a daily basis and discuss the time and equipment it needs and the amounts to make.
Lunch: Tuna Sandwiches
Dinner: BBQ Chicken, Portobello mushrooms, corn and baked beans
Breakfast: Fruit and yogurt
Lunch: Lentil Salad
Dinner:Stirfried broccoli and tofu
Breakfast: Cowboy Egg
Lunch: Lentil Salad
Breakfast: Pancakes or French Toast
Lunch: Tuna Sandwich
Dinner: Chicken or cheese enchiladas with rice and beans