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Food Stamp Diet: Post # 3 

Day 2
Breakfast: Cornmeal mush with honey, one half apple and butter
Lunch: Chicken drumsticks, leftover couscous, roasted beets with oil and vinegar
Dinner: One half chicken breast, mashed potatoes, coleslaw* with carrots
Snacks: Orange, raisins

Breakfast: I went running at 6:15, and was ravenous when I got back. Decided to put my "snack" raisins into my cornmeal mush. The mush itself was a little bit bitter -- would have been better with stone ground cornmeal, but I couldn't afford that. I have lots of leftover mush. My husband asked why I don't call it polenta, but I like calling it mush. It sounds so...cozy? I feel like a character in Little House on the Prairie when I eat it.

Lunch: If mush is what the characters in LHOTP ate, they must have been hungry all the time. I wanted to eat lunch at 10:30, but managed to hold off until 11:15. I had a little extra chicken (I hadn't finished my full serving the night before), so that was great. Also, I'd forgotten to put the oil and vinegar on the beets, so I ate them with a sprinkle of sea salt, which I didn't mind at all. I felt completely satisfied after lunch. I snacked on an orange at 6 p.m.

Dinner: I was hungry at dinner time, but not unusually so. And between the yummy mashed potatoes, coleslaw and leftover chicken, had a perfect amount of food.

The two things I'm missing are fresh fruit (besides apples and bananas) and mesclun salads. On the other hand, I'm feeling great about my intake of whole grains. And most of the time, I don't feel calorie deprived.

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Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

Former contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the first Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a... more


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