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Fresh-Start Challenge Week 2, Day 7 -- Stoup! And congratulations!

Yaaaay! You've made it to the last day of the Fresh-Start Challenge! Today, you get to have a free lunch: Stoup. If you'd rather, have Black Bean Chili for lunch and make Stoup for dinner. Use the last of your split peas in the Stoup plus any vegetables that need to be used up while they are still edible. See below for the day's menu.

stew soup or stoup in the freezer

What's Next?

  • Celebrate! If you followed the shopping list and didn't make an extra pizza last week, then you should have the makings for a pizza ready for tomorrow. Enjoy it yourself or have friends over for a potluck. Notice how the flavor of the crust gets better after a week in the fridge.
  • Enjoy your savings! If you kept track of your costs during the Challenge, consider donating what you saved to your favorite group or to one of the ones mentioned at the bottom of the main Challenge page (the Community Food Security Coalition, KIVA, The American Red Cross, and the Natural Resources Defense Fund). 
  • Take a survey and maybe win a book! Please take a brief survey to share your experience taking the Challenge and letting me know how to make the next ones better. As a thank you for your time and participation, I'll select responses at random to win one of two books: Pizza on the Grill by Elizabeth Karmel and Bob Blumer or Vegan Family Meals by Ann Gentry (your choice).


breakfast toasted Good Whisk Bread, peanut butter, tea
lunch Stoup with split peas, Good Whisk Bread, banana
snack walnuts and raisins, apple
dinner Black Bean Chili, Corn Bread, steamed greens (kale or collards), Sweet Sixteen Oatmeal-Raisin Bars (Plant-Strong) or Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies (Classic)


Thanks again for taking the Fresh-Start Challenge. You've made a difference!

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