Monday, March 1, 2010

The $25 Food Project: Day 6

I’m attempting to feed my 6-foot, 205-pound fiancé for one week for $25. This is our story.

First, hi there, folks from BoingBoing! Welcome to Cheap Healthy Good. Hope you like the food.

Second, it’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN, ladies and gentlemen. Day 6 has come and gone, and we’re in cruise control here at the compound. We even have an extra $0.16 left for tomorrow. To the layman, $0.16 sounds like a piddling. In terms of this experiment, we may as well have been handed a lobster. (Um, not really.)

The Husband-Elect, “feels I’ve eaten a lot in the last week. And if I was to keep up these kinds of meals at regular intervals, I would have to exercise to avoid gaining weight. Also, all this peanut butter makes me feel like Mr. Ed – like a horse being forced to look like he’s talking? You know what I mean? That’s what I’m saying.” Deep.

With that, today’s numbers!

DAY 5 TOTALS: 2620 calories, 85.1 g fat, 38.2 g fiber, $3.54

1 1/2 servings Gingersnap Oatmeal: 395 calories, 4.8 g fat, 6.8 g fiber, $0.63
1 banana: 121 calories, 0.4 g fat, 3.5 g fiber, $0.23
TOTALS: 516 calories, 5.2 g fat, 10.3 g fiber, $0.86
PREP TIME: 10 minutes

1/2 serving Easy Vegetarian Bean Chili: 122 calories, 3.3 g fat, 4.6 g fiber, $0.35
1 cup brown rice: 219 calories, 1.5 g fat, 3.5 g fiber, $0.15
1 orange: 62 calories, 0.1 g fat, 3.1 g fiber, $0.25
3 Snickerdoodles: 450 calories, 20.4 g fat, 1.5 g fiber, $0.30
TOTALS: 853 calories, 25.3 g fat, 12.7 g fiber, $1.05
PREP TIME: Made it while cooking breakfast

5-oz chicken breast: 156 calories, 1.7 g fat, 0 g fiber, $0.53
2 servings Traditional Mashed Potatoes (skim milk): 500 calories, 17.9 g fat, 7.4 g fiber, $0.35
5 ounces roasted carrots: 58 calories, 0.3 g fat, 4 g fiber $0.30
1/2 tablespoon olive oil: 60 calories, 6.7 g fat, 0 g fiber, $0.06
1 serving All Recipes Brown Gravy: 90 calories, 8.7 g fat, 0.1 g fiber, $0.06
TOTALS: 864 calories, 35.3 g fat, 11.5 g fiber, $1.30
PREP TIME: 50 minutes - by a long shot, the longest prep period this week

2 tablespoons peanut butter: 190 calories, 16 g fat, 2 g fiber, $0.13
1 piece Light Banana Bread: 197 calories, 3.3 g fat, ~1.7 g fiber, $0.20
TOTALS: 387 calories, 19.3 g fat, 3.7 g fiber, $0.33

  • Today marks the first time I’ve ever made gravy for a non-Thanksgiving occasion. It was way easier than I thought it would be, probably because there wasn’t a 16-pound bird competing for my attention.
  • I tried the banana bread/peanut butter combo today. Then I died, went to heaven, found it was lacking banana bread, and came back to Earth.
  • Up top is a picture of our Rancor. On Christmas, he wears a hat.

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CJ said...

I just had a thought for "if" there's a next time.

Your husband elect has been pining for nibbles and random snack. Could you incorporate a few, such as kettle popped popcorn, roasted chickpeas, rice crispy bites, frozen banana bites, etc. Cook chickpeas from scrtach and roast a few batches with different flavors. Just a thought.

Kris said...

CJ, roasted chickpeas are a great idea. I think that will definitely be dessert tonight. Thanks for the suggestion!

Anonymous said...

You might be saving money, but at 85 grams of fat for the day you're going to lose it on medical bills.

The American Heart Association recommends a TOTAL of no more than 60 grams of fat PER DAY for a full grown adult man.

Jeff S. said...

Tell the rancor I'm still pissed at him for spilling my beer the other night. We are THROUGH!

Anonymous said...

Nicely done. Now, do it again taking into account my kids' allergies to peanuts, nuts, and bananas... :(

Anonymous said...

I don't see anything about drinks. Are you just drinking water? No coffee? No tea? No wine? No nothing?

Anonymous said...

You should try PB and homemade gingersnaps (Barefoot Contessa has a great recipe). Almost as good as pb and banana!