I’ve had a productive day today – getting the weekly shopping in from Tesco, making both bread rolls and crusty bread, and making five portions of carrot, lentil and ginger soup for lunches (recipe at the bottom of post).
Sun 5th – hot & spicy chicken wings with yoghurt, corn on the cob, salad and crusty bread*
Mon 6th – South Indian dhal with spicy cabbage stir-fry and chapattis
Tues 7th – mushroom & pea pasta with salad
Wed 8th – chilli con carne on baked potatoes with salad
Thurs 9th – Nigerian red kidney bean stew with rice and veg
Fri 10th – steak for Dave with peppercorn sauce, trout for me, both with salad and chips
Sat 11th – penne arrabiata with roasted vegetables and garlic bread
* You might notice this was also on last week’s mealplan – we were treated to a meal out by my dad on Saturday so ended up leaving the chicken wings until tonight.
Spending (£101.91 / £185)
We were really good this week and the only thing I bought in between the big shops was the milk – everything else came from my Tesco shop today.
Fruit & veg £12.22 Baking potatoes 2.5kg £2.18 Green cabbage 80p E'day Value grapes 500g £1.45 E'day Value mixed peppers 4pk £1.41 Corn on the cob 2pk £1.70 E'day Value mushrooms 350g 75p Bananas x6 84p Ginger 45g 9p Courgette 3pk £1 Mixed salad leaves x2 £2 Meat & fish £3.87 E'day Value ham 400g £1.65 Sirloin steak 185g £2.22 Dairy & eggs £1.74 E'day value natural yoghurt 45p Whole milk 4pnts £1.29 General £8.71 E'day Value bran flakes 89p E'day Value kidney beans x2 42p E'day Value chopped tomatoes 31p E'day Value passata 29p E'day Value vegetable stock cubes 15p Maldon sea salt £1.65 Turmeric powder 100g 99p Tabasco £1.19 E'day value frozen sweetcorn 98p Paprika 39g 95p Walkers crisps x6 89p Household £5.32 E'day Value washing up liquid 33p Springforce kitchen rolls 4pk £1.99 Radox bath salts £1 Imperial leather shower gel x2 £2
Carrot, Lentil and Ginger Soup (serves five)
- 4 carrots (about 300g), grated in a food processor or by hand 27p (Morrisons 65p /720g)
- 2 small onions, grated as above 6p (Morrisons 49p / 1kg, 17 in bag)
- 20g fresh ginger, finely grated 4p (Tesco 9p / 45g)
- 125g red split lentils 22p (Asda £3.49 / 2kg)
- Vegetable or chicken stock, to cover generously (I used homemade chicken stock from the freezer which I count as free – even decent stock cubes are only pennies each though)
- 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil 3p
As noted above, I grate the carrot and onion in a food processor, but you can do it by hand if you haven’t got one.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and gently fry the onion and carrot over a low heat for a few minutes. Add the ginger and cook for another minute. Add the lentils and stock, season and simmer for around 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding more water if it’s getting too thick.
An extremely low 13p per portion. Serve with bread (homemade brown bread 10p for two slices).