Slow Cooker 5 Spice Chicken

$9.39 recipe / $0.94 per piece
Slow Cooker 5 Spice Chicken

Ooooh wow, my house smells like a spice market! While working on a freelance project this week, I came across this Five Spice Chicken cooked in a rice cooker, and it looked so good that I decided that I had to try it out myself, except in a slow cooker because I don't yet own a rice cooker. ... [Read More]

SNAP Challenge: Final Thoughts

SNAP

I want to do a final wrap up of my experience with the SNAP Challenge to record my overall thoughts and impressions. I learned so much, not only from doing the challenge myself, but from reading the comments, thoughts, and experiences that all of you have shared along the way. I want to thank all of you for your kindness and support ... [Read More]

Pumpkin Spice Granola

$4.50 recipe / $0.64 serving
Pumpkin Spice Granola - BudgetBytes.com

Pumpkin season! YAYAYAY! (October is my favorite month.) Now that the SNAP Challenge is over and I'm all settled in my new place, I couldn't wait to start cooking in my new kitchen. While packing I noticed that I had a couple cans of solid pack pumpkin purée hiding in the back of my pantry, so I decided to use some of that up ... [Read More]

SNAP Challenge: Week 4 Summary

SNAP Challenge Week 4 Receipts

Last week was one of the most chaotic/stressful/exciting/exhausting weeks of my life and it was also the final week of my SNAP challenge. Going into the week I really wasn't sure I'd be able to manage grocery shopping and cooking while trying to execute my move into the new house. I wanted so badly to say, "Screw it!" and eat take out all ... [Read More]

How To: Slow Cooker Chicken Broth

Chicken Broth Ingredients in Slow Cooker

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. For week 4 of the SNAP Challenge, I purchased a rotisserie chicken from which I planned to make a few different meals. Rotisserie chickens are probably one of the most awesome "convenience" items ... [Read More]

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 ... [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]