$25 Food Challenge – Part 1 of 4 l Jeri’s Corner – Fitness and Food

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The topic of conversation with a friend was about the increasing cost of produce.  I agree 100%.  Heck…a bag of my favorite apples, Honey Crisps, cost me $1.99 a pound.  I was so desperate for the sweet taste of the fruit I bought some, I guess we all have our threshold for what we will pay for an item.  I got over the initial shock of paying $7.00 for 6 apples.  Or, the handful of vegetables that should have been $13.00 or less and the cost was $21.  I say ridiculous.

This friend also mentioned that their income was low and with other things going on it was hard to get by and easier to frequent a fast food place and buy from the $1 menu.  I thought I would take this opportunity to change this attitude by saying something like, “I don’t think that’s a wise option because of all the salt and fat that can be found in fast foods.  Most importantly, that’s just not good for you or your body”.  The challenge, ” Tell me what I can eat for $25 dollars a week and do this for one month”.  A challenge I welcomed because I love to be creative in the kitchen.

There was 1 stipulation… since I love to cook, I have most spices and seasonings in my cabinet.  I would not be purchasing new spices.  I do not have to worry about breakfast, just lunch and dinner.

Shirataki Veggie Stir Fry

Shirataki Veggie Stir Fry

First Up: Vegetable Stir Fry (Quick, Easy and Healthy)

  • 1 package Shirataki Noodles
  • 1 of each slice thin: Red, Yellow, Green pepper
  • Shredded Carrots – smallest bag
  • 2 Green Onions sliced
  • 1 stalk of Celery chopped(can double as a snack with peanut butter)
  • Bean Sprouts – smallest bag
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce or Teriyaki (already have)
  • 1 can Water Chestnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


Rinse, pat dry and saute noodles, medium heat, in 1/4 cup of Soy/Teriyaki sauce and remove from pan at 10 minutes, set aside.  Add 1/2 cup of Soy/Teriyaki sauce to pan and add green peppers, two fist full of shredded carrots, 1/2 bag of sprouts and celery.  Steam over medium heat covered until veggies begin to soften.  Add water chestnuts, garlic, green onions and Shirataki noodles, stir all together, cover and steam for another five minutes. All done.  If you want to spice it up a bit, add some red pepper before eating.

Total cost of ingredients was just shy of $20.00 dollars.  To add a different twist, you could buy some skinless chicken tenders and cook on top of the stove in Soy/Teriyaki sauce and combine with veggies.  I also purchased a family pack of low sodium turkey breast lunch meat just in case I ran out of the stir fry mid week.  I also purchased fruit that was on sale.

Not bad for my first selection.  I am going to keep my savings in a jar to be used later for whatever I decide.


Get to know your local produce stores and farmer markets.  Get use to planning your meals so when you check your weekly sale flyers you can make a list of sale items.  If you don’t receive flyers…go on a field trip and take a look at what they have and mentally note prices for some of your favorites.  Don’t rule out the ethnic produce stores.  Sometimes you can find produce cheaper than your big box grocery store.

See you next week!


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