Eating Well on $3 Per Day: Day 12


2 eggs over easy, 3 oz. of Polish sausage, toast with butter. Calories 315


Chicken soup with 2 pieces of toast with butter (which did not make it into the photo) Calories 550.


This dish is made with 2 oz. noodles, 2/3 cup frozen peas, 1/2 of a 5 oz. can on tuna, 1/2 an onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt and salt and pepper. Steamed broccoli with butter on the side. Calories 405.

Eating Well on $3 Per Day: Day 11


1 cup oatmeal, an orange, tea. Calories 360.


Chicken, garlic and butter with noodles. Calories 390.


Tuna sandwich made with 1/2 of 5 oz. can of tuna, 1 tablespoon plain yogurt, 1 rib celery. I also ate corn chips with meal, but they did not make it into the photo. Calories 375.

Eating Well On $3 Per Day: Day 10



French Toast made with 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon butter, 2 pieces bread and topped with a tablespoon blackberry preserves, side of orange. Calories 510.




Chicken soup made with 4 oz. noodles, 1 cup beans, meat of one huge chicken thigh, 2 stalks celery, 1 carrot, 3 cloves garlic, one onion, and all the fat that cooked off the baking chicken thighs a couple days ago. It made so much, I divided it into three servings with 350 calories each.


2 stalks celery, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 oz. corn chips, an orange. Yeah, today is heavy on oranges. Yum! Calories 400.


Eating Well On $3 Per Day: Day 9


Toast with 2 tablespoons peanut butter and sliced banana, tea. This was day 9 for the bananas, and this one was a little mushy. calories 440


PB & J and an orange. And yes, the day is a little heavy on the PB. The sacrifices we make to meet our goals. {stage directions: she throws her arm over her face.}


2 oz. spaghetti, 2.2 oz. of dark meat from one of the thighs (these must have come from huge chickens–the thigh meat, off the bone weighed 4.3-4.6 oz. per each!) 1 clove garlic, handful of shredded spinach. Calories 390. A little low on the calories today, but went over 1500 yesterday, so it balances out.

Eating Well on $3 Per Day: Day 8


Toast with 2 tablespoons peanut butter and sliced banana, tea: calories 440


Chili-second serving of what I made the other day. Added in a piece of toast with butter. Calories 535


This plate of nachos is 2 servings. I shared with my son. You see here 2 oz. of blue corn chips, 1 cup white beans mashed with 1/2 can of diced tomatoes, 2 oz. shredded cheddar cheese, a handful of spinach shredded and a couple spoonfuls of plain yogurt on top. Each serving was 540 calories.


Eating Well on $3.00 Per Day: Day 6


Toast with 2 tablespoons peanut butter and sliced banana, tea (’cause a girl’s gotta have caffeine) calories 440


Second serving of the veggies, peanut butter and noodle stir-fry. Calories 500.


Chili-made with 1/3 of the marinar sauce and then added 1 cup of cooked white beans and 1/2 can of diced tomatoes and the rest of the chili spice packet, that did not get put on the baked chicken. Added in a piece of toast with butter. Calories 535

Eating Well on $3 Per Day: Day 5:


1 cup of oatmeal, tea and a banana. Calories 400


Peanut butter and blackberry preserve sandwich with 1 oz. blue corn chips. Calories 430.


2 oz. spaghetti, 1/3 of marinara sauce, 1 oz. shredded cheddar cheese, 2 carrots steamed with 0.5 tablespoon of butter and salt and pepper. Calories 435. See below for more information about marinara sauce.

Marinara sauce was made with 28 oz. crushed tomatoes, 6 oz. tomato paste, 4 oz. ground turkey, 4 cloves garlic, one monster onion. This sauce was divided into thirds. One third for spaghetti (as is), one third with additions to make chili, one third (minus the turkey) frozen for later.


Eating Well on $3.00 Per Day: Day 4


2 eggs scrambled in 1 tablespoon butter, tea, 4 oz. of Polish turkey sausage. Calories 395.


Lunch: meatloaf sandwich with left over meatloaf, spinach and a banana. Calories 575.



Chicken drumstick sprinkled with chili seasoning from the spice packette, 2 oz. of noodles mixed with 0.5 tablespoon butter and about 3 oz. of fresh spinach stemmed, and sautéed with 1 clove garlic and 0.5 tablespoons butter. Calories 455.

Eating Well on $3 Per Day: Day 3


Toast with 2 tablespoons peanut butter and sliced banana, tea (’cause a girl’s gotta have caffeine) calories 440



Lunch: Bean soup. Calories 380.



Dinner: meatloaf made with 4 oz ground turkey, 0.5 cup oatmeal and 1 egg. Also on plate spaghetti 2 oz. with 1 tablespoon butter and salt and pepper and 1/4 head of broccoli, steamed. Calories 600.

The meatloaf got a little overdone, as I was distracted while it was cooking, but it is still edible. Remember: no food thrown away.