Food Stamp Challenge: Week 2 Dinner

We are a week and a half into our challenge and I am not sure that Stella is going to make it.  I have really seen a change in her moods, energy level and color of her face.  I keep thinking she is getting sick because she looks so pale.  We are eating less, with no snacks and smaller portions and yes I am hungry -but I am not sure if all of it is truly hunger or if it is the fact that I know I don’t have as much food as I want at my reach.  Stella’s moods seem to be mellower and more melancholy – when I ask her what is wrong she can’t explain why she feels so low, she just does – which now is turning into tears.  I am getting lots of hugs and I love you’s from her – which is wonderful, but not the norm – now don’t get me wrong I get lots of hugs from her – but now she needs to hug me more.  She also seems more tired.

I will not take this challenge so far that it effects her for the long haul, but I think this week might be different.  She is getting her lunch at school and because of that I was able to buy fruit for her afternoon snacks along with having a hard boil egg for snacking on when she needs it.  Because we had food left over from last week – I was able to buy more this week to add to what we have.  She is very happy that our dinners this week will not be just raviolis or burritos, but we now have 4 choices: raviolis, burritos, fish and soup! She requested her favorite – Mac & Cheese Fish and asked if she could have 2 fillets instead of 1 for dinner – and she can.  I bought a package of flounder for $5.00 and their are 8 fillets.  She was so excited to have this for dinner last night!

This is a recipe that I have posted previously – it is wonderful and pretty easy to make.

Food challenge week 2 dinner smiles

Mac & Cheese Fish

4 flounder fillets $2.99
2 Tbl lemon juice
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese $1.80
1/4 cup butter, melted $0.65
3 Tbl mayonnaise (I used an organic, full fat mayonnaise)
1 tsp dried thyme (I crushed it in my hand before adding)
1/4 tsp salt

Total cost: $3.22 per serving

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2 Responses to Food Stamp Challenge: Week 2 Dinner

  1. Candace says:

    High nutrition in this meal! Regarding being hungry and not having snacks: Maybe make a few more loaves of that bread so Stella can have toast when she gets home from school. : )

  2. Jo says:

    🙂 She looks happy!

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