#SNAPChallenge and Dinner Party really don’t go well together. Well, this isn’t a dinner party, it is just dinner with three friends. I am still following the Challenge though…mostly.
For dinner I am serving a recipe from Outside Magazine that I’ve cooked before – Thai Chicken Noodle Soup. The recipe requires things that I mostly had on hand – or purchased with my SNAP Challenge dollars. With the Challenge you can use spices and condiments you have already, so for this soup the only thing I needed to purchase was rice noodles (which I got earlier this week), bean spouts, jalapenos, green onion and cilantro.
You may remember that I had $3.25 left over from my Tuesday shopping trip. I had to visit three stores as the local Jewel didn’t have jalapenos and neither did my second stop. I spent $2.64 including tax at Jewel and $0.31 for two jalapenos at a local grocery store. I still have $0.30 to spend this week.
We all know hosting dinner requires more than an entree soup, right? Well, MS is making dessert for us. I usually never ask guests to bring anything other than a bottle of wine, tonight I asked another guest to bring some blue cheese. I am serving as an appetizer a holiday gift from one of my vendors (a beef tenderloin). Yes – I know this is against the rules of the Challenge. Unfortunately tonight’s dinner couldn’t be rescheduled, so I needed to bend the rules. I am also bending another rule – I needed more chicken for dinner for the group. I didn’t buy more chicken, I am using chicken I had in the freezer already – again another cheat on the Challenge.