I went through the cupboards, fridge and freezer. The freezer in the shed has some fish, a bag of peas and a bag of ice leftover from a party two years ago!! - not much use to me in this household! Undeterred, I worked out a menu, which would use every last scrap of food in the house and off I went with my shopping list. I spent £36.03. Now bearing in mind this is for 8 evening meals for six people, that's not bad! This also covers breakfasts and some lunches.
On the menu?
- Friday: home made pizzas (I already had everything for this except some peppers, which cost £1)
- Saturday: spaghetti in a 'creamy sauce' (I used the last of the mascarpone leftover from a meal earlier in the week, garlic, some frozen peas from the shed deepfreeze and a handful of rocket)
- Sunday: pancakes (I know, it was last Tuesday, but we were away and it saved cooking a roast AND was much cheaper!). I also baked some 'chewy cake' which I will post about later.
- Monday: roasted vegetable salad (amazing how roasting sad, slightly shrivelled root veg, can turn them into something delicious!)
- Tuesday: vegetable curry and rice (I'm using the second half of the Jamie Oliver curry sauce made the other week and frozen)
- Wednesday: black bean and lentil chilli and potato wedges
- Thursday: curried pea and potato croquettes with salad
- Friday: red lentil, chick pea and chilli soup and home made bread
- Saturday: chick pea curry and rice
I have some small change left over to pop out and buy salad stuff and any bits I run out of this week, so if I'm really careful, that should just tide me over! I like the challenge actually and have spent a long time researching cheap vegan meals I can adapt for March too. I guess the draw back with my tight budget is that I never seem to have the opportunity to stock pile. I know some of you have impressive stocks, but anything that I had is being used up.