Thanks for all your versions of the SNAP meals. They all look great and delicious.
I realize there are many ways someone may want to "improve" on this (fresh produce, organic, variety, etc) but the purpose of this is to show how easily we can cover the most important issues, which is making this program, and the basic foods in it, simple, easy, affordable, and nutritious.
I have experimented some more with the concept and here is my updated "guidelines"
1- 28 oz Can No Salt Added Tomatoes
1- 16 oz Bag Frozen Mixed Veggies (any type)
1- 4 oz Frozen Green Leafy Vegetables (collard, turnip, mustard, etc)
1- Around 200-250 Calories of a Starch (Brown rice, Yam, Potato, WW Pasta, etc)
1- tsp ground flax (if desired)
1- Seasoning (to your preference)
This makes one meal of about 600-650 calories. Add in a couple pieces of fruit during the day or as a dessert if desired. You can repeat the process 2-3x a day for a simple meal plan of around 1300-1950 calories.
This will surpass every single RDA/DRI for every nutrient. The only ones that may occasionally look slightly low (85-95%) will be Zinc, Selenium and Vit E, all of which will not be issues and have been covered in this forum.
As some of you have mentioned, this is a large volume of food. But, what better problem to have then to have SO MUCH food to eat and enjoy!
250 Calories Of Starch options
~1.5 Medium Potatoes
~1.5 Cups (Cooked) Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
~ 1.25 Cups (Cooked) Brown Rice
I just made it again for lunch with potatoes, collards and a mix of California style frozen veggies.