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Food Stamp Challenge with a twist
Welcome to my experiment. My name is Vicki Berg and I am the Director of Finance and Administration at Second Harvest and a recent resident in St. Joseph. My plan is to participate in this challenge with a twist: I will eat dairy and gluten-free this week
I know this is a diet used by people with Autism Spectrum, ADD and ADHD. I want to show that while it is difficult to manage on $28 a week, with some planning it can be done, although not organic as the research recommends and most recipes call for. I will share my version of some of my favorite recipes (along with the link to those recipes).
Although I do not officially start my challenge until Sunday, I am a planner and wanted to get a head start so I did my shopping early and have been planning my meals for the week. Although I like to cook one day a week and make my lunches for at least an entire week in one or two days, I will be cooking nightly. With careful planning and many microwavable containers, I can make lunches for two weeks in a very short time.
I usually eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast, a larger lunch and a couple of handfuls of chips for dinner. Not the best for healthy nutrition but it works with my schedule.
My shopping trip for the week includes boneless, skinless chicken breast, rice, veggies (fresh and frozen), rice cereal, Fritos, almond milk and candy (I have a sweet tooth). As the week progresses, I will post my cooking adventures and share recipes and websites for healthy eating alternatives.
Just to give you a start, my favorite recipe sites are www.thepioneerwoman.com and www.foodnetwork.com. I will post not only the original recipe but also my version. The biggest substitutes will be rice in place of pasta (no not rice pasta – too expensive and I over cook it every time) and almond milk for dairy products. I am fortunate to have a well-stocked spice cabinet that I turn to frequently as I cook. As the week progresses, I will also talk about other foods and spices for eating dairy and gluten-free.
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