Lesson 663 – UB SNAP Challenge – Day 5

SNAP Challenge Day Five

This is the day where I planned poorly. I have a part-time contract and I went on-site thinking it would be a short visit. I’ll eat when I get home, I thought, so I didn’t even have breakfast. Turns out it was a long visit, and because I couldn’t buy lunch, I ended up getting home at around 4:30 not having eaten anything for the entire day. My mistake, but it happens – sometimes you are not near your food.

Breakfast –


  • Poached egg on toast
  • Cup of tea


  • 1 egg
  • Pepper (on hand)
  • 1 slice of toast
  • Tea bag

Lunch –

Ironically, one of my meals is similar to one of the ones that Mayor Cory Booker ate on his snap challenge and while he moaned that he had to eat lettuce and beans for breakfast (what??!!!), I get to sing that I had an incredibly tasty salad dish, with chips and a piece of fruit.

Really, this was so tasty that I was thinking it could have been served in a restaurant (and people would have paid a lot of money for it.)

Note: I was going to have a cold salad for this meal but it was a dreary day and the previous days’ of sautéing the greens worked out so well, I decided to throw the chopped escarole into the frypan. Very glad I did. Keep this in mind especially if your greens have started to wilt in the fridge.

This is on a 12 inch plate, that's a lot of food.

This is on a 12 inch plate, that’s a lot of food.

  • Hot bean, onion, and salami salad

Sauté slice of onion diced in butter, when translucent add 1/3 can of beans, 2 slices of salami cut up into small pieces, and the rest of the escarole chopped up into small pieces. Cook until warmed.

  • Tortilla chips
  • Tangerine



  • 2 slices of salami
  • Rest of escarole
  • Slice of onion
  • Butter
  • 1/3 cup of beans
  • 8 Tortilla chips
  • Tangerine

To drink –water.

Afternoon snack

  • 11 Vanilla cookies (1 serving)
  • Cup of tea

Dinner –

Dinner was prepared in a rush. Although it was tasty, it could have been better if I were able to let it simmer for about 20 minutes and if I had added just a bit of chili spice (which I didn’t have.) Because I had gotten the no-salt added diced tomatoes I did find myself adding a little bit of salt to this dish.

Note to self – save money to buy chili spice in a future grocery trip.


  • Easy chicken chili

Saute cut up green beans with onion in butter when soft add, rest of diced tomatoes included juice with 2/3 cup frozen vegetables, 1/2 chicken thigh. Cook until heated and serve (see note about simmering for future)

  • Tortilla chips


  • Rest of diced tomatoes and juice
  • 2/3 cup frozen vegetables
  • ½ chicken thigh cut up
  • Slice onion
  • Rest of fresh beans
  • Butter for sautéing
  • Salt
  • 8 tortilla chips

Evening snack

2 raw carrots.


Filed under Life Lessons, New Hampshire, SNAP

7 responses to “Lesson 663 – UB SNAP Challenge – Day 5

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  2. There are a few problems with the challenge, and you’ve probably figured them out for yourself. First, the benefits are paid on a monthly basis, not weekly. So setting this challenge up for just a week adds a layer of difficulty. For example, it would be hard to fit a large bag of flour into the week’s budget. But over a month, flour can be used to reduce your cost. You could make your own vanilla wafers at home for less than the price of the store bought ones, for example.

    Second, the benefit is supposed to be a supplement. I think other bloggers have commented here about that.

    Third, the challenge is based on an average of all benefit recipients. So the figure includes low benefits that are allowed for people who only need a small amount of help. I believe the minimum is just $19 a week.

    Also, I believe that Mr. Booker is vegetarian, so why is he complaining about what he had for breakfast?

  3. I also missed some meals due to my schedule when I did it last year so the challenge became more of a realization that my eating habits are not the best in the world. If you take a look at my #snapchallenge, please note that some may complain the challenge was not pure since I did use food I had previously purchased since I regularly purchase them and knew the price I paid.

    The limiting funds do force one to come up with interesting recipes such as my Thai Curried Peanut Pork with Noodles that used the orange juice I purchased for breakfast time. Your pasta dish looks delicious and has the recommendation of a teenager so it must taste great too.

    Also ran into a similar problem as you regarding the butter, I ended up with 3 extra sticks as well as coffee, peanut butter, and eggs left over. I’m thinking of asking a nutritionist to go over my diet and see how badly I did. I didn’t really think the plan through before I started.

    Good luck on your remaining days! http://heidishungry.blogspot.com/search/label/food%20stamp%20challenge

    • Wendy Thomas

      I’ve heard of so many ingenious SNAP recipes, at the very least, a SNAP cookbook should come out of this.

      Thanks for your comment, I’ll check out your challenge.


      • Clarissa

        That’s an incredible idea. I’d love to have a copy or contribute.

      • Rich Kolb

        I’ve seen books for meals for under $1 a serving, and some for $10 for a meal to serve 4. I would think that would cover people who can only eat on what assistance they get, and although the assistance is supposed to be a supplement we all know that there are people out there who have nothing to supplement it with.

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