The end of the SNAP Challenge is in sight – and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited. I’ll be sharing my final thoughts with you on Monday, I have learned a LOT!


coffee at work

Breakfast: was really exciting today! Last night, after my trip to the Korean market, I made an egg frittata to eat for breakfast. I used a bit of onion, 1 zucchini and 4 eggs, which was two breakfasts. It tasted wonderful after peanut butter sandwiches the last few days and definitely helped me feel more satisfied.

frittata + toast

Lunch: leftovers! I’m usually not a huge fan of leftovers and we rarely have leftovers (maybe we do eat more than 3/4 of the sauce?) but this meal was satisfying once again. I actually felt like I had way too much sauce, and I immediately worried that I took too much and didn’t leave Richie enough.

pasta + bison sauce from night before + carrots



Dinner: was a bit rough. Kale was on the menu, along with sweet potato with the leftover bison burgers. I was really proud of my wholesome meal! Then I got home later than expected, needed to prep my next breakfast and lunch, do a load of laundry, etc. It was totally the kind of night when take-out would have been perfect (and greatly appreciated) or at least, an easy dinner of rotisserie chicken with salad bar veggies. But, that isn’t an option so I got to prepping the kale and once I had 3/4 of it in the pan, I looked down at the cutting board and noticed tons of little grey bugs. So the kale was out and it was almost 8pm so I made mac & cheese instead of the sweet potato.   Dinner ended up being kind of a fail.

3 oz bison + lettuce + carrots + mac & cheese

I’m eating a nectarine (so good!) and heading to bed. Happy weekend friends!

Nutrition Stats: About 1,800 calories, 65 grams of fat, 190 grams carbohydrates, 20 grams of fiber, 84 grams of protein. 

PS. I totally had a glass of wine.

16 Comments (Reply )

  1. Faith @ For the Health of It
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    What a bummer with the kale! At least it’s looking like you’re learning how to do the best with what you have – that’s a lesson that I think we all can use!


  2. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    sorry to hear about the bugs in the kale. what a bummer. you’re almost done!


  3. luv what you do
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    I’m happy to hear that you didn’t skimp on the wine : ) I’m very impressed with your determination! I’m not sure that I would survive one day. I could definitely use a fresh look at my grocery budget though, and this is a great way to do that!


    • Emily
      Jul 13, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

      Yes, I think I will probably be thinking about some grocery expenses twice going forward.


  4. theresa @ aspoonfulofsunshine
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    yay for no more PB sandwiches!! They are a great staple food, but I totally understand how they can get boring! Also I can’t believe you snagged that bison for only $0.99, what a deal!


    • Emily
      Jul 13, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

      We totally lucked out – 8 servings for $2!


  5. lynn @ the actor's diet
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    i’ve been seriously craving saltines from watching you do this!


  6. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    You definitely deserved the wine! Although I must say that breakfast and lunch both looked pretty great.


    • Emily
      Jul 13, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

      They were tasty! Zucchini frittata is on the menu next week (after the challenge)!


  7. Kristin
    Jul 14, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    I totally had the same thing happen to me a few weeks ago with kale. I can stand a few little bugs to wash off knowing that at least it was alive fairly recently, but the grey bugs were too much.

    You’re almost there! :)


    • Emily
      Jul 14, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

      I know! I did wash the kale, but apparently not well enough. Bugs ok. Tons of little grey bugs? Couldn’t do it!


      • Kristin
        Jul 14, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

        I know. Totally gross. I looked it up when it first happened and apparently they are called aphids and affect kale, broccoli, cabbage,etc. I kept washing it hoping it was just a few but not the case! Now I check it while I’m at the store. Also, I called my Whole Foods to ask about it and they let me throw it away and come get another one, so you should give the produce dept. a call!


  8. Alysha @Shesontherun
    Jul 14, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Well as long as the wine was 2-buck Chuck :)


  9. holly
    Jul 15, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    sooo…i am totally interested in doing this for a week…

    if for nothing else than to show the ridiculous thoughts that we have about food in our society, as if it’s really feasible to eat like this. hmmmm….my wheels are turning…

    p.s. i think it’s amazing that you are doing this and such an eye-opener for people who don’t understand really how the system works. bravo my dear!!


  10. Sarah Ohm
    Jul 15, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    Wow! I just came across your blog and I’m loving it…. so nice to see some healthy recipes I can try myself! You can check out my blog at, if you enjoy feel free to follow by clicking ‘join this site’ directly on my blog! Thanks so much! Happy blogging!


  11. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    I HATE finding surprise bugs in my greens! Yuck! I think you’ve been doing a great job with the challenge. It’s amazing how easy it is to blow cash on food, isn’t it? This challenge is definitely eye opening.


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