Somehow, given my excitement to start the challenge, I innocently thought that today would be easy, but it ended up being quite the contrary. I skipped breakfast at first, thinking that by limiting my food the most earlier in the week it would provide me with a surplus at the end, but I ended up feeling fatigued and had to consume more calories midday to stay alert.
11:30 am – Ramen noodles with a poached egg (25 cents). Filling and satisfying at the time, but by 1:00 I was feeling lightheaded and famished.
12pm – I used one green tea bag (5 cents), but refilled it with hot water several times throughout the day.
1:30 pm – I tried to squash my hunger with a small snack – 1 ounce of Cookie Crisp cereal pieces (25 cents).
3pm – The lightheadedness turned into full dizzyness and I broke down and ate a packet of oatmeal (17 cents), 2 carrot pieces, and a few raisins (16 cents), and felt much better.
7:30pm – Tara got held up at work and had to miss our dinner meal together, so I made our “Live Below Lentil Stew” recipe (44 cents per serving) and portioned it out in containers for the rest of the week. Although lacking in spices, the stew is pretty tasty (and was definitely the most hearty dish of the day. If your budget allows for spices I recommend: salt, pepper, chili powder, tumeric, and curry powder (added after cooking for maximum flavor and cost effectiveness).
Today’s Total: $1.32.
Live Below Lentil Stew
- 2 1lb. packages of lentils
- 1 jar marinara sauce
- 1 bag frozen cauliflower
- 1 bag frozen green beans
Defrost frozen veggies and bring 16 cups of water to a boil. Turn down the the heat to a simmer and add lentils. Stir, and cook with a lid slightly at an angle for 15 – 20 minutes, or until tender. Add veggies and marinara sauce to lentils and simmer for another 15 minutes. Serve warm.
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