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Feed The Family For £4.74

Day 5 of Feed The Family and I’ve already saved £6.11 to spend on the remaining 3 days if I wish, it’s amazing how well you can eat by changing your shopping habits a little.

Breakfast was the same as each morning so far, Mr and Mini Gourmand had Shredded Wheat Summer Fruits cereal, I had Honey and Almond Special K, our breakfast worked out at £0.30.

Lunch was going to be Vegetable pasta but we were all a bit bored of it!  I went to Aubrey Allen to get some more of the delicious chicken legs and served them up with some of my balcony lettuce leaves.  Lunch cost £1.50

veg curry

Dinner was a vegetable curry served with boiled rice, I made enough of this to serve as lunch tomorrow to get the most out of the vegetables.  Dinner cost a very cheap £2.78

Snacks were some Tesco own brand Digestive biscuits with a cup of tea costing £0.16

I spent a total of £4.74 on food today which has been the most expensive so far, my tip for today is to cook in bulk so dishes can be served the next day.



Feed The Family For £3.21

I’m sorry that day 3-7 of my feed the family for £5 is a bit late, Grandma Gourmand came over to stay, Mini Gourmand went to Portugal with her other grandparents and I didn’t get time to write up my posts.  Although my feed the family posts are a little late I know the readers who were following them will be glad to see how I got on, they will also be glad to hear that I have pictures!!

Breakfast was the same as each morning so far, Mr and Mini Gourmand had Shredded Wheat Summer Fruits cereal, I had Honey and Almond Special K, our breakfast worked out at £0.30.

pasta

Lunch was Vegetable pasta, I had cooked up a huge bag of reduced peppers on the Tefal Optigrill to use over the next couple of days.  Today’s lunch consisted of some peppers, a vine tomato, cream cheese, dried herbs and dried pasta.  Each portion worked out at 20p each meaning Lunch for everyone was £0.60.

falafel

Dinner was Falafel with some of the Optigrill peppers, some courgettes gifted to us from a friends allotment, some baby sweetcorn left over from a reduced pack and some salad leaves from our balcony.  Dinner worked out at £2.15

Snacks were some Tesco own brand Digestive biscuits with a cup of tea costing £0.16

I spent a total of £3.21 on food today, my tip for today is to grow herbs or salad leaves at home even if you only have a small space like a windowsill.



Stir Fried Chicken

stir fried chicken

Sometimes the most simple of dishes can offer the most flavour, I’m a firm believer that if you purchase the best ingredients you can afford, you only need a small amount of added flavour to make a delicious meal.  I purchase my chicken supreme’s from Aubrey Allen butchers in Leamington Spa, I could probably get the same amount for over 1/2 the price of I purchased from a supermarket but since moving down here I decided to make a concious effort to but the best I could afford when purchasing meat so for this reason I’m happy to use the butcher.

As a family we love all sorts of vegetables and as I had some butternut squash left over in the fridge I decided it would probably work well in a stirfry so added some spring onions, peppers, broccoli, green beans, carrot (cut into strips with a vegetable peeler), mange tout, baby sweetcorn and pak choi to the pan with a few noodles and ended up with a delicious meal for 3.

stir fry



Peri-Peri Salmon

peri-peri salmon

Sometimes I find salmon incredibly boring, to jazz things up a little I decided to marinate some steaks in a peri-peri sauce which was made as follows:

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp chili flakes

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp garlic

¼ tsp ground coriander

¼ tsp english mustard

½ tsp fresh ground black pepper

½ tsp cumin

½ tsp oregano

1 tsp grated ginger

A good glug of olive oil

Mix all of the ingredients together and coat the salmon, leave in the fridge overnight so the salmon absorbs the flavour.  When ready cook in a hot pan.

I served this peri-peri salmon with actifry roasted veg and seasonal vegetables.



Riverford Vegetable Box

Today I received my very first Riverford Organic vegetable box, in the past I’ve been signed up to various other vegetable box schemes and the quality was just never good enough for my liking, I’m pleased to say that my first impressions of Riverford Organic are very good.

Although we are only a family of 3 I signed up to the large veg box costing £18.85 per week, this is around £10-£15 less than I usually spend on vegetables each week. I try to make sure we eat at least 4 different vegetables with each meal and the large box gives 12 different vegetables meaning the vegetables we eat can be varied.

This weeks box contained:

valor potatoes

white onions

red ramiro peppers

bunched onions

flat beans

asparagus

aubergine

portobello mushrooms

bunched turnips

Carrots

rocket

fennel

butternut squash

I’m really looking forward to menu planning for the week, tomorrow we will be having chicken and vegetable biryani, I aim to make at the very least a Vegetable lasagna, Mixed Vegetable Gratin to eat with lemon pepper chicken and a Vegetable Quiche.

You can sign up to Riverford Organic here www.riverford.co.uk

Do you currently sign up to any vegetable box schemes?