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 thin 1/4 inch off the front, peeled off a couple outer leaves, and it was as good as new! Not wanting to let my precious vegetable to go to waste, I made that purple cabbage into a colorful, delicious, and super easy stir fry with noodles. … [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]

African Peanut Stew (vegan)

$5.64 recipe / $0.94 serving
African Peanut Stew (vegan) - Budgetbytes.com

Let me just tell you how excited I am about this recipe... African Peanut Stew is something I've wanted to make for years and just never got around to it. I ran across yet another recipe for it the other day and decided to finally go for it. I was in the mood and I didn't have plans to cook anything else, so why not? As I was cooking ... [Read More]

Top 10 Recipes for College Students

Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese

It's that time again! Time to settle in for the semester and really hit the books... But don't let food take the back burner. You need to keep yourself nourished and full of energy to make it through those classes, study sessions, and probably a part-time job, too. I know it's easier to just stop and grab some fast food, or how when ... [Read More]