Groceries are expensive and feeding a family can be difficult. Thankfully, in Louisiana, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides monthly benefits that help eligible low-income households buy the food they need for good health. According to nationwide stats, in 2019, Louisiana had roughly 500,000 SNAP/TANF households. That’s a lot of families that need additional help with groceries! In addition to budget friendly recipes, SNAP households must portion out their food budget. For a lot of families, meal planning and SNAP benefits are essential to get through the month. Stay tuned for an easy budget-friendly recipe at the end of this post!
The vast majority of Americans – 96%* – now own a cellphone of some kind. Since we’re all on the go, the new and helpful LifeInCheck™ EBT app just launched in Louisiana. It is ready to help SNAP and TANF households manage their accounts from their mobile devices. To register, get started with 3 easy steps!
Search & download LifeInCheck™ EBT from the App Store.
What you need to register:
- Date of Birth
- EBT Card Number
- Social Security Number
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- Select security question
Create a password & select a PIN (unless you already have one).
It’s very convenient that you can now you can get your SNAP / cash balances, view next available benefit date, and view recent transactions – right from your phone. Forgot your pin or even worse did you loose your card? You can update your pin and request a replacement card with a few easy steps. Make sure you download the new LifeInCheck™ EBT app so you can take advantage of all these benefits!
Personally, there was a period of my childhood, where I was in a single parent household and food assistance was a lifesaver. It allowed my parent to get the necessary food items we needed as a family. Again, it only counted for a portion of our food budget but it was very beneficial for the time being. Now as a parent, I can see how important this food assistance was. It was truly a lifesaver!
Even with food assistance, budget-friendly recipes are definitely in order. So, I’m so happy to share a recipe my whole family doesn’t mind eating often. It’s actually a kid favorite too. Chicken Fried Rice uses only a few ingredients, which is great for budgeting.To save on food costs, always look at what you have on hand. You probably have half of the ingredients for this recipe.
Chicken Fried Rice
This super easy recipe is a favorite for the entire family. It's cheap to make and fills up the whole crew. Whip this up for dinner and the family will be begging for more!
- 1 pound chicken breast tenders
- 3 Eggs
- 1/3 cup chopped green onions
- 1 tbsp garlic
- 1/2 cup soy sauce use to taste after recipe is done
- 1 cup matchstick carrots
- 4 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 6 cups cooked rice leftover rice is good too
Cook 3 cups of rice in a rice cooker or use 6 cups of leftover rice. Let rice cool in fridge until ready to use.
Using a large skillet, add 2 tbsp of sesame oil to pot and warm on medium hight heat. Season chicken tenders lightly with salt and pepper. Cook chicken tenders until brown.
Once cooked through and browned on each side, remove chicken and shred or shop into bite size pieces.
Add 1 tablespoon of butter to skillet. Add carrots and cook until withered or until veggies are soft. Set aside carrots with chicken.
Scramble eggs. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to skillet, and cook eggs well.
Add everything back into skillet and add rice to chicken/carrot mix.
Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, soy sauce, and green onions. Sprinkle salt and pepper into rice.
Stir constantly until rice is completely brown and all ingredients are fully mixed.
Season with soy sauce, salt and pepper to your own desired taste.
Use leftover rice or minute rice to speed up the process. They will work fine with this recipe.
For extra vegetables, use an onion/pea/carrot mix for a quick but nutritious option.
Tired of chicken? Swap the chicken out for shrimp in the recipe. Done!
Rice dishes always go a long way budget-wise and this one is no different. This recipe can be made for under $10 and can feed up to 6 people. That’s under $2 per person. Talk about budgeting! As a family of four, we normally have leftovers, which the kids love. I definitely love having leftovers for lunch too!
Thanks to SNAP benefits, over 500,000 Louisiana households are able to not go hungry this month. Even if you are not on SNAP or TANF, groceries are more expensive than ever. Budget friendly recipes, like Chicken Fried Rice, are great for not only portioning out food assistance benefits but helping families all over, get dinner on the table.