SNAP Challenge: Creamy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

$8.62 recipe / $1.08 per enchilada
Creamy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas - Budgetbytes.com

For the entire month of September, I’ll be participating in the SNAP Challenge and attempting to eat on $4.50 per day. Read more here.

**UPDATE: Well, I overlooked the fact that you can’t buy rotisserie chicken with SNAP benefits! You can, however, buy a fresh chicken and roast a home if you have time. There are links throughout the post on how to roast your own chicken, if needed.**

I’m back! I’ve completed the move to my new house, my internet is hooked up, and I can finally update week four of the SNAP Challenge. I was worried about not having time to cook before packing up my apartment, but I made it work. I was able to whip up these enchiladas in just a short amount of time and they helped keep me fed all week through the tough move. … [Read More]

SNAP Challenge: Week 3 Summary

SNAP Challenge Week 3 Receipts

It's funny how three days into this challenge I couldn't wait for it to be over, but now that I've completed three weeks I feel totally in the groove and like I could possibly do this long term... well... I could do this long term with a couple of liberties. Week three felt like I was just going through the motions of the challenge, ... [Read More]

SNAP Challenge: Vegetable Stir Fry with Noodles

$4.46 recipe / $0.74 serving
Vegetable Stir Fry with Noodles - BudgetBytes.com

For the entire month of September, I’ll be participating in the SNAP Challenge and attempting to eat on $4.50 per day. Read more here. Remember that head of purple cabbage from week one of the SNAP Challenge? Well, to my surprise, it still hadn't gone rotten. Sure, it was a little discolored on the open/cut surface, but I just sliced a ... [Read More]

SNAP Challenge: Penne Pasta with Sausage and Greens

$9.23 recipe / $1.32 serving
Penne Pasta with Sausage and Greens - BudgetBytes.com

This is one of my favorite "kitchen sink" recipes. It's a no brainer pasta and sauce dish with a little Italian sausage and whatever frozen greens I happen to have on hand. I sprinkled a little feta over top for an extra kick and that was all I needed to make a super tasty and filling dish that kept me running all week. I like simple! ... [Read More]

SNAP Challenge: Week 2 Summary

SNAP Challenge Week 2 Receipt

For the entire month of September, I’ll be participating in the SNAP Challenge and attempting to eat on $4.50 per day. Read more here. Oh what a difference a week can make! I can honestly say that I rarely felt hungry this week, although there may be a few reasons for that. I picked better recipes this week, recipes that kept me ... [Read More]

SNAP Challenge: Peanut Butter Hummus

$2.24 recipe / $0.45 serving
Peanut Butter Hummus - Budgetbytes.com

If you don't know already, I'm a hummus fanatic. I eat it on and in everything. I make several different flavors and I basically just can't get enough. For that reason, I thought it would be a good idea to use the second half of the chickpeas that I cooked in week one to make a batch of hummus. It's a great item to have in your fridge for ... [Read More]

SNAP Challenge: One Pot Chili Pasta

$9.71 recipe / $1.08 serving
One Pot Chili Pasta - Budgetbytes.com

After going through a week of hunger in week one of the SNAP Challenge, I knew I had to rethink my strategy. Luckily, the hunger allowed me to pinpoint certain ingredients that really keep me full and satisfied for a large part of the day. For me, that's pasta, beans, and cheese. I wanted to do a "one pot" dish because they're easy and I ... [Read More]

SNAP Challenge: Week 1 Summary

SNAP Challenge Week 1 Receipts

Wow, one week of the SNAP Challenge is over and I can't believe how many thoughts I've had so far. I could write a ten page paper on my feelings, experiences, and observations already... but I'll try to keep it short (yeah, right). I also want to thank everyone for their insightful comments and support while I take on this challenge. ... [Read More]

SNAP Challenge: Spinach Rice Breakfast Bowls

$0.64 each
Spinach Rice Breakfast Bowl - Budgetbytes.com

This is one of my favorite quick, savory breakfasts and I've made about a hundred versions of it. It's going to seem gross or weird to a lot of you, but I LOVE it. Plus, I got so many questions about it when I used a picture of a similar version for this soft boiled egg post, that I knew at least some people would be interested. :) ... [Read More]

SNAP Challenge: Soy Dijon Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes

$8.26 recipe / $1.19 serving
Soy Dijon Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes

For the entire month of September, I’ll be participating in the SNAP Challenge and attempting to eat on $4.50 per day. Read more here. Whew. I meant to post this days ago, but this week has been out of control! More about that when I do my SNAP Challenge week one summary on Monday. I loved the Soy Dijon Pork Tenderloin that I made ... [Read More]

SNAP Challenge: Seasoned Rice

$1.36 recipe / $0.22 serving
Seasoned Rice

For the entire month of September, I'll be participating in the SNAP Challenge and attempting to eat on $4.50 per day. Read more here. If there's one thing I knew right away, it was that I was going to have to bulk out my meals considerably with inexpensive beans and grains to stay under $4.50 per day. Instead of using plain old rice, ... [Read More]

Feeding America SNAP Challenge

Feeding America

I can't believe it's September already! I've been planning to take the SNAP Challenge for months now, and today, September 1st, is day one. What is the SNAP Challenge? The SNAP Challenge is a yearly event hosted by Feeding America to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity in America. Participants are challenged to eat on no ... [Read More]