So on Thanksgiving I opined that it is not expensive to eat healthy foods. I've been issued a challenge. I have an $18/ week food budget for the middle two weeks in November. $18 being the rough midpoint from what you would receive from a food bank, and what Social Services factors in for your food budget if you were receiving welfare.
There are a few rules:
1. I have to stay away from wheat which makes it a bit tricky. Not only because I gain weight but because that's too much of a crutch.
2. I can't accept food from someone because they know I"m doing the challenge. I can eat food that is ordered for a work function, or birthday cake, for example - but not handouts.
3. I am not allowed to use anything in my fridge or pantry except olive oil, salt and pepper.
4. I am not allowed to travel any more than 30 minutes out of my way to shop for food but I can shop as often as I need to until I spend my $18. I am at Woodbine/Danforth and work downtown .
My initial thoughts were to:
- adopt a vegetarian diet for the two weeks
- buy dried beans, lentils and brown rice from the Bulk Barn (mostly because I don't have to buy a predetermined amount. )
- ditto for spices
- stay away from the large grocery stores (their produce markups are insane!)
- try one cuisine for a few days, then make a soup with the leftovers. ex. black bean, tomato, garlic, onion, cilantro, rice
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can stretch my dollars? perhaps a suggestion on a high nutritional impact/inexpensive produce options?
any help would be appreciated!