Catch Up Friday, SNAP Challenge Edition

I missed posting yesterday because I’ve been busy.  My spiritual center has moved, and I’ve been over there yesterday and today unpacking and trying to get our Sunday School operations organized to be ready to teach our students by Sunday.

So here is the laser update:

Yesterday for lunch, I took the focaccia, split it in have, put a layer of tomato sauce, fresh basil leaves, and ricotta in the middle, then heated the whole thing up.  That was delish!  Normally I would have put more spices in the focaccia dough itself, but spices are expensive and so didn’t make my SNAP budget.  I double-decker focaccia slice was pretty great, I think–and so did my son.

For dinner, I cooked farro and added it with raw vegetables (onions, bell peppers, and celery) along with a vinegrette sauce.  I also roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and yellow and green summer squash to serve with that, along with some sautéed hot Italian sausage.  I know my pictures are bad, but the farro salad is at the top of the plate on the right-hand side, the roasted vegetables are on the left side of the bottom, and the sausage on the right side of the bottom of the plate.

For lunch today, we had cold leftover farro salad, with some of the other leftovers just mixed in, along with the feta cheese I forgot to add last night.

Dinner was my version of black beans and rice, served with cherry tomatoes and some blueberries and peaches.

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It was made of organic black beans and brown rice, cooked with lots of onions and garlic.  It probably wasn’t as spicy as I usually make, due to the lack of money for spices, but it was still pretty satisfying.  Both my son and my husband got seconds, so I take that as being a hit.

The cherry tomatoes from the Farmers Market were so good!  The first time I did the SNAP Challenge, I got cherry tomatoes from the grocery store because they were half the price, but they had no taste.  Of course, I know I’m spoiled–maybe they taste good to people who aren’t used to eating locally-raised food.  But this time, I decided I would buy tomatoes from the Farmers Market or not at all.

I don’t think that is true of all vegetables.  I bought the broccoli, cauliflower, and celery from the grocery store, and I don’t think they taste that different from the Farmers Market varieties, when they are available (I can’t get those at the Farmers Market this time of the year).  But things that make a difference–like tomatoes or strawberries–at least in terms of fresh items, if I can’t get them at the Farmers Market, I really don’t want to get them at all.

Tomorrow is our last day, but I still have ingredients to make a final last dish!  Tune in tomorrow to see what that is.


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