Hi guys! Thanks for all your comments on the £1 a day (£7 for the week) challenge.
I just want to make it 100% clear that I am only doing this challenge for 1 week. I've had a lot of awesome suggestions about gathering food or using £28 for the whole month to get a better selection of foods, but this is strictly a single week challenge!
Having said that, there have been a lot of tasty suggestions for cheap recipes and ways to eat for less. Frugal in Derbyshire commented yesterday with a recipe for lentil burgers made with red lentils, carrots, onion and oats and gillibob linked me to a website where you can feed a family of four for £100 a month, which looks like a really handy resource for anyone looking to keep their food costs down!
I have been eating some seriously cheap meals so far this week from my £6.98 shopping trip.
Breakfasts have been porridge made with UHT milk and water. Total cost = 13p.
Lunches have been lentil soup (21p a portion because I used a small and more expensive pack of lentils) with two slices of bread "buttered" with baking fat. Total cost = 26p.
I made two portions of stew out of potatoes, carrots, onion and a parsnip. Cost per portion = 24p. Eaten with a slice of bread, making the total meal cost 26p.
I've also made a sort of vegetable ragout out of red kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, carrots, onion and stock, which cost 37p a portion. I had it with rice, bringing the total cost to 40p.
Tomorrow for dinner I'm pretty excited to try making those lentil burgers!
All the meals listed above are very filling. It's amazing how cheaply you can make something that will keep you going all day!
Here are a few more cheap meals I've made in the past:
Rhubarb crumble (vegan)
Chocolate cake (vegan)
Just out of interest, how much do you spend on food each week?