We enjoyed the challenge so much, we thought we'd have another go!
We have been asked if we were hungrier than normal, the answer is no. We eat our evening meal at 5pm so are usually ready for a small snack of some kind by 8pm, which is the latest time I try to eat. Sometimes it was toast, a jam sandwich, thawed frozen fruit or yoghurt and jam.
The chicken and vegetable soup, made enough for 3 days, plus one batch has gone into the freezer. That was handy as we almost ran out of vegetables by the Thursday but luckily the meals had been planned to not need any-more.
This time, I am also shopping from my cupboard/freezer and reflecting the price to try and stay within the limit. Leeks though will be eaten from my garden as they need eating. I had enough money this week to buy some apples, pears and bananas, which will really be enjoyed!
Food left from the first week of challenge:
Tinned tomatoes x 2, tinned beans x 1, 1/2 the cheese, 1/2 the pasta, a few eggs. Menu for this second week will be:
Breakfasts: Porridge x 5, Mini shredded wheat x 1, toast x 1.
Lunches: Soups x 4, Tinned tomatoes on toast, leftover courgette fritters and beans, toasted cheese sandwich.
Evening Meals: Pork stew x 2 (1 frozen for another week), vegetable chilli x 2, mushroom stroganoff, courgette fritters and coleslaw and potato wedges, fish cakes, chips and peas x 1, toast.
Herewith my on-line shopping list. Black reflects the on-line price at the time of creating the menu, red denotes how much over that price the item was on shopping day and green under the price!
Whole oats .75 p 24p
Long grain rice .40 p
Pasta to refill stores .20 p
2 x 4l milk 1.78 p
Single box Shredded Wheat 1.49p 20p
1 tin red kidney beans .23p - coming out of my cupboard
Potatoes 1.59p 9p but 1/2kg less
Swede .59p .30p
Leeks .89 - from garden
Pumpkin .89p .20p
Courgettes x 6 1.78p
Frozen Peas .89p From freezer
Fish cakes pack of 4 .75p From freezer
Sunflower spread .69p
Crème fraiche .79p
Bananas .78p 10p
Pears 1.07p .08p
Apples .95p .03p
An extra bit of shopping was done separately for our top up of toiletries/tea etc. It came to £17.00 which is not part of the challenge as that is for food only.