Eat on 30 Project – Day 3 {Teriyaki Stir Fry Veggies w/Steamed Rice}


Eat on $30 Project – Day 3 {Tuesday}

Dear bestest readers on the planet,

I realize this is a LOT of posting this week, but it’s for a very good cause. I’m participating in the Eat on $30 challenge to bring awareness to hunger issues. We’re on Day 3 & we’re almost half way through. You can check out my introductory post here to get caught up if you’re just tuning in, and in conjunction this week I am having a GIVEAWAY. Have you entered yet? Well you should. It’s sponsored by Macy’s Come Together Program & you can enter here. All you have to do is leave a comment. Easy Peasy! We’re giving away TWO GIFT CARDS to Macy’s! Run, click now & of course come back to finish reading. LOL

The first two days of the challenge were definitely Challenging to me because of monkey wrenches in my schedule. Today was a day with no monkey wrenches (very rare indeed) but don’t get too excited we have more hurdles coming up at the end of the week : ) I have found during this week I have to PLAN, PLAN, & more PLAN & then hope that the plan follows through. It is very time consuming to be restricted to such a budget. You have to be conscious of EVERY single penny. This has made me very aware at how important indeed every penny is. It made me think about how growing even the smallest portion of items, herbs for example would be oh so helpful in supplementing your food budget.

I realize that everybody doesn’t have a ginormous yard. I am blessed with a yard but we also have a gazillion deer & I believe they’d eat anything I put out SO I do grow herbs but in pots on my deck. This year I also grew my own tomatoes (again in pots) & I had a good little crop goin’. Next summer I plan to add many more veggie pots to my deck crop. Even if you don’t have a deck you could put a small herb plant in your windowsill. Fresh herbs will do amazing things to your dishes. They’re practically magical.

A couple of notes today. Again, I shoved Hubs out the door this morning to enjoy his FREE (albeit not as tasty as our home coffee) coffee at work instead of having a cup at home. SAVINGS. He also took leftovers to work for lunch which were already accounted for so again SAVINGS. I was lucky enough to have gotten a free loaf of bread so SAVINGS & I even used the packets of Soy Sauce leftover from takeout (you know you have some lyin around, we all do LOL) in my dinner dish SAVINGS! I’ve also been drinking a whole lotta water this week, I feel like I might actually float away but it’s good for me & well ya know it’s comin’ the budget! All these add up to big savings. I might even be able to enjoy a little dessert later this week. Ah, dare to dream ; )


Coffee w/cream & sugar $.25
Hubs coffee gratis @ wk
4 pancakes/syrup $.57
1 Banana $.11
1 Cup Chocolate Milk $.25
Breakfast Total $1.18

Lunch: Miss Priss School Lunch $2.00
Middle Man School Lunch $1.85
Hubs Leftovers gratis
1/2 PB&J Sammie $.25 (bread was free)
Tuna Sammie $.35 (bread was free)
Lunch Total: $4.45

Snacks: 1 bag Popcorn $.21
Apple w/tbsp Peanut Butter $.35
Cupcakes 4 $.44
1/2 can of Pringles $.50
Snack Total: $1.50

Dinner: 4 tbsp Soy Sauce gratis (used leftover take out packets)
2 tbsp Brown Sugar $.05
1 Garlic Clove $.05
Ginger Powder $.05
1 Red Bell Pepper $.75
1 Orange Bell Pepper $.75
1/2 onion $.15
3 Carrots $.54
1 stalk of Broccoli $.79
1/2 c Mushrooms $.35
2 cups Rice $1.00
2 cups of sweet tea $.20
salt & olive oil gratis
Dinner Total: $4.68

GRAND TOTAL FOR DAY: $11.81Β  (ah, yes, UNDER BUDGET! I am so relieved I have a little breathing room in the budget-well for the moment at leastΒ )


What you’ll need:
1 Red Bell Pepper – Cut into thin Slices
1 Orange Bell Pepper – Cut into thin Slices
1/2 Onion – sliced
3 Carrots – Peeled & cut into about 2″ sections
1 Stalk Of Broccoli
1/2 cup Mushrooms – Sliced
2 Cups Rice
Olive Oil
4 tbsp Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Garlic Clove – Minced
1 tsp Ginger Powder

What to do:
In a wok add a few turns of oil. Add in your Carrots & cook over medium heat for a few mins. Add in your Onions, Bell Peppers & cook a few additional minutes. Add in the broccoli & mushrooms & cook until fork tender. WHILE veggies are cooking, into a small bowl combine your soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic & ginger powder. Mix well. When vegetables are finished. Pour the sauce over veggies, toss well & cook for a minute or two to allow sauce to heat through. Steam your rice according to package directions. Serve Veggies over rice.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    Oh, yes, I am definitely (over) hydrating as well. As to the leftovers for lunch, my husband keeps forgetting them. So, it was leftovers for dinner…

    • 1.1

      That reminds me I’m thirsty, I need another glass of water ; ) I’m going to be enjoying my Pasta alla Norma leftovers tomorrow (well that is unless hubs steals them from me)

  2. 2

    congrats!! nothing like feeding a family of what…4? for under $12 for the day.

  3. 3

    Kudos to all of you doing the Eat on 30 project. I’ve been following your updates on FB. It taken a lot of planning & calculating. Bet you’ll be glad to get back to your true love – Italiano! P.S. join my FB TopMomBlog Fan Club – I do some cooking and other blogging too.

    • 3.1

      Ciao Priscilla! Thanks for following along. YES, as a matter of fact we had Pasta alla Norma tonight so I’m thinking the rest of the week I’m back to my food love : ) We just happened upon that fab deal on Pork so it was a natural. Will be making homemade pizza as well & perhaps some Polenta..mmmh

  4. 4

    Beautiful dish. Love how you presented it.

  5. 5
    Gina /

    Yes one can never plan enough when you are on such a strict budget! Stir fry’s are definately a good way to go! Also a great way to incorporate veggies!! I buy the big bag of frozen stir fry veggies at a wholesale club (much less expensive) and use them to make various dishes, the more veggies I can sneak in the better..Are you not cooking any Italian dishes during this adventure? Being Italian, I find we cook very frugally (?). I remeber back in the day my grandmother would tell me I could only have one potato and egg sandwich because we were on an “austerity budget” I think it was just beacuse I was fat LOL, but my little Sicilian grandma could sure stretch a dollar πŸ™‚

    • 5.1

      Ciao Gina! Of course I am! You know I can’t go an entire week without eating Italian ; ) Today’s post will be Pasta alla Norma & the rest of the week will feature more Italian dee-liciousness (maybe some pizza, & then polenta with a fab mushroom sauce so stay tuned!) Great idea on the big frozen bag of veggies! Brava!

  6. 6

    Woohoo! Under budget!!! I would have had to serve meat or fish with that stir fry dish for my family… but a pound of chicken would have still kept your day under budget, so that’s fantastic!

    • 6.1

      Ah, thanks a bunch Christine! I thought about adding some chicken but I needed to save it for a Pesto Chicken dish later this week! Stay tuned πŸ˜‰

  7. 7

    Yum–now I am hungry! I love Asian flavors, so this looks like something I would make even without the $30 challenge! Well done, as usual. πŸ™‚

    • 7.1

      Thanks Betty! It was a nice change. I was ready to be done with the Pork (not that I didn’t love it, but 4 meals was a LOT πŸ˜‰

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    Beth /

    I love your blog and I love the $30 a day meals! These are much more in my budget since this economy is so CRAZY!


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