Enjoy variety and delicious, healthy meals by eating with the seasons. See a week of summer and winter menus below, plus a spring menu from the book Wildly Affordable Organic.
Use these menus to jump-start your own SNAP Challenge!
If you are taking one of the SNAP Challenges or Food Stamp Challenges, good for you! You'll get a taste of what it's like to live on a very limited budget, often just $5 a day per person.
Before you reach for the ramen, check out my menus for inspiration. You can eat fabulous food during your challenge if you eat with the seasons, cook from scratch, and don't waste anything. Eat organic but drop the meat. Chef Mario Batali tweeted to me "Good idea!"
A week of meals from the seasonal challenges
Twice a year, people taking the Cook for Good Challenge use the Twenty Minute a Day Starter Plan for a week and then cook everything from scratch for the next week. Here are the most current menus and prices. Starting in 2012, the Challenges will have two menu options. The classic menus use dairy and eggs as shown in Wildly Affordable Organic. The plant-strong menus are vegan, using no dairy or eggs.
- Summer 2012 plant-strong: 20 minutes a day
- Summer 2011 classic: 20 minutes a day || all from scratch
- Winter 2012 classic: 20 minutes a day || all from scratch
- Winter 2012 plant-strong: 20 minutes a day || all from scratch
Although food prices continue to rise, WAO's emphasis on fresh produce and real, unprocessed ingredients keeps the prices relatively low. The summer classic menu still averaged under $5 per person per day for the green plan in July 2011. The winter classic menu averaged $5.33 a day and the plant-strong menu averaged $5.22 for the green plans.
A week of fabulous food from Wildly Affordable Organic
This is one of the four month-long seasonal menus in the book. The prices show the thrifty and green costs for each meal. Also see a page from the shopping list for this menu.