When it comes to sandwiches, almost anything goes. And your options for frugal lunches is quite expansive. You have all the “salads”: tuna, egg, chicken. Probably more. You have lunchmeat, from bottom of the barrel bologna to the fanciest $20/pound roast beef. Then you have the endless options with peanut butter.
Peanut butter is a frugal food star because it is still pretty cheap per ounce, yet packs a big protein and caloric punch per tablespoon.
Peanut butter is great on its own. Or with jelly. Or with some nutella (brand or store brand ‘chocolate hazelnut spread’). Or mixed with some plain Greek yogurt. But this combo is my favorite: peanut butter and banana. If you have honey too, drizzle a little on for a full-blow “Elvis” sandwich.
- 2 slices bread (or a tortilla)
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 banana, sliced
Step 1: Spread on the peanut butter.
Step 2: Slice the banana about 1/2 inch thick. One banana can make two sandwiches, or you can put two layers of slices on.
This breakfast, lunch, or snack is quick to make, portable, and costs only $0.38 per sandwich!
**UPDATE: The SNAP Challenge is complete, with many lessons learned! All SNAP Meal Recipes listed below: