I also wasn't thrilled with the red beans and rice, but figured it was a better option than instant mashed potatoes or frozen potatoes with lots of hydrogenated oils.. Also, the spaghetti sauce has sugar in it. So this is not 100% "perfect", but it's a hell of a lot better than Ramen Noodles and Mac and Cheese, which so many people think they need to eat if they don't have much money.
This is what I got
As I said before, I'm bummed I didn't get any oatmeal or brown rice. I also wanted to get some sunflower seeds and sauerkraut to make seed cheese, but it is what it is.
The pantry items I am allowing myself are:
I will also probably use some fresh parsley I have on hand for garnish purposes for photography.. because I am anal like that.
I am going to Portsmouth for one day this week to see my son, and then on Friday evening, we are going to NJ for The Boyfriend's Grandmothers' birthday. So Friday Evening and all day Saturday I will be not eating at home, but I will resume once I get back. I plan on eating this food for 7 days, and feeding The Boyfriend around 1 meal per day from it.
For those of you who want to lecture me on GMOS, food from China or this or that horrific ingredient I'm consuming.. SAVE YOUR BREATH. Instead, why don't you take on a $25 Dollar Store Challenge of your own and show the world how much better YOU can do it! If I had gone to Market Basket, I would have bought lots of fresh produce, but Market Basked is 8 miles from home and the Dollar Store is a walkable store for many people in the neighborhood it serves.
.. and if you would never dream of such a thing, then maybe stop and watch A PLACE AT THE TABLE (available on Netflix) and educate yourself about the DESPERATE situation so many Americans go through on a daily basis. Check your privilege at the door and practice empathy. Seriously.