Thursday, 29 October 2015

#ExpressYourShelf Challenge - Day 3, 4 and 5

Hello readers!  It's time for an update on my #ExpressYourShelf Blogger Challenge in conjunction with Tesco, Love Food Hate Waste and Hubbub

It's going well and I'm pleased to report, at the end of day 5, my total spend is £33.08.  With enough food for the end of the week, it looks like we're coming in on budget! 

Day 3 

We caved and went to do a food shop tonight.   The cupboard were getting bare and we had very few options left.  But good news, the yellow sticker struck again! 
I should probably start with breakfast - fruit and fibre cereal with milk and a bit of a cup of tea.  Nothing out of the ordinary there.

Lunch, I cheated and bought a sandwich meal deal as I was running between clients and needed to eat on the move.  £3.25 out of the day’s budget.  Sorry.

For dinner, back to the yellow sticker story!  We had a rake around the cheap sections in the fridges and yes… they came up with the goods.  A finest pasta bake at half price, some winter root vegetables and a cheese and garlic tear and share.  Two of us fed with a hearty dinner, for around £3.00 per head.  Not bad going.  
Here's to yellow stickers!

Usually I am a scratch cook, but given we’ve just got back from holiday and didn’t get home until 8pm, we cheated and had an oven dinner.

So now we’ve done a “big shop” (did anyone else’s mum call it that?!) I’m planning not to buy anything else for the rest of the week, but will chart what I’ve done with the food we’ve bought!

Also – note, we are having a dinner party on Friday which was planned before I knew about the challenge.  Although feeding us on £40 will be challenging, feeding 6 people at a dinner party is near on impossible for that, so, I put some pennies to our shopping last night, to cover the cost of the extra guests coming at the weekend.

Total spent at Tesco (excluding dinner party things): £24.43
Total spent for the week: £33.08

Day 4

It was a good feeling starting the day with a full fridge! I’ve still been boring and continued with my fruit and fibre, cup or tea breakfast combo (hey, if it aint broke…)

Lunch was more exciting.  I wired into my yellow sticker haul pasta and chicken bought the day before.  I had half and Mr What Claire Baked got fired into the other half.  Our total lunch only came to £0.98 for both of us.  Not bad at all.

Yesterday was a full on Italian day – I was kicked out the kitchen whilst a pasta bake was made.  Result, there was enough for 3.  So one portion has gone straight into the freezer for a dinner for one next week.    We had chicken (bought in bulk for Friday’s dinner party, so one portion came out of that) chorizo (also for the dinner party, used ¼) pasta from a £0.59 bag from our Tesco shop and made a tomato sauce from a tin of chopped tomatoes, olive oil and herbs, all found in the cupboard.
Leftovers ready for the freezer

Remember the 23p Edam from earlier in the week?  It was removed from the freezer and chucked on the top to make a cheesy crispy topping. 

Total spent today:  £0.00
Total spent for the week: £33.08

Day 5

You can guess what breakfast was, I won’t repeat it and bore you all. 

Lunch… I had a ham and cheese roll, using some of the cooked meat from earlier in the week, along with some of the Edam (it’s still going), a yoghurt from the fridge and another giant satsuma from earlier in the week.

Tonight’s dinner – the yellow sticker fishcakes (top tip, take them out the night before and let them defrost overnight in the fridge, so they are ready for you coming in).  Someone wanted a side of fries (also from the freezer) and I’ve done my bit towards the 5 a day. Got leftover veg?  Instead of soup, roughly chop it, mix it together with olive oil and sea salt and bake in the oven for around 35 mins at 180c (fan).  You’ll have delicious mixed veg, which can be expensive to buy in store, unless you’ve gone yellow stickering! We used 1 pepper, 1 courgette, 1 red onion and 2 tomatoes – all which were lying around unloved in the fridge.

Veggies in the oven and set to go!

Total spent today: £0.00
Total spent for the week: £33.04

Stay tuned for the next installment of how my week ended! 

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