Well by the time I got to the end of my post the other day I figured I had waffled on long enough. I hadn't really thought about the fact that breakfast and lunch did not even get a mention even though they were included in the challenge and the $19.45 I spent that week.
A comment by the lovely Ali over at Mud Pie reminded me that I really should finish the story.
So to recap my shopping for the week was:
Total spent $19.45
And the Dinners were:
Sat - Pea & Ham soup (this was actually so bad it got replaced with toast)
Sunday - Home made Pizza
Monday - Thai beef salad with vermicelli
Tuesday - Zucchini slice
Wednesday - Penne Putanesca
Thursday - Chicken Stir Fry
Friday - Bacon and Eggs
So to fill in the gaps this is what we did for breakfasts and lunches on the weekend.
Sat - Poached eggs (from the chickens) on Home made sourdough
- Left over stir fry from the night before
Sun - Porridge with sultanas
- Toasted Sandwiches
During the week we generally have left overs for lunches and each of us has our own breakfast. I find it far easier to cook dinner for 4 and have the option of another dinner or lunch the next day. It also saves on fiddling with recipes to downsize them for two.
I work from home so I tend to have cereal and yogurt for breakfast most mornings. I had cereal in the cupboard and I have an esiyo yogurt maker that I use to make youghurt using powdered milk, again this was in the cupboard. During the day I have almonds and fruit or cheese and crackers as snacks and sometimes dried fruit but I find this quite sweet. Lunches this week were Tuna Salad, leftover beef salad, zucchini slice for 2 days and Penne Putanesca.
Hubby gets up early and has a long day of very physical work so don't be too shocked when you read how much he eats and still manages to stay a trim 78kg.
At 4am he has 4 slices sourdough toast for breakfast then takes the larger portion of leftovers the same as what I have. He then adds some raw veggies (at the moment a couple of carrots, some beans, some cherry tomato's and a cucumber, it depends what is in the garden or in season) a tin of baked beans, some baking (muffins or biscuits or Bird Seed Bars) a boiled egg or two, a couple of apples and a container of dried fruit and nuts.
And every afternoon the lunchbox is empty!
This week I did a normal shop for us which is normally about $70 - $110 p/w depending on if there is anything on a bulk special and if I buy any meat. I don't think we spend a lot on food (even though the way Hubby eats we are shopping for three) and I don't think we are scrimping either.
In the $21 challange it talks about the average household of four people spending $320 per week on food (maybe even more) and this figure seems really high to me. I know we have chickens and a vegetable garden and don't eat a lot of processed food but even still....
How does everyone else feel about this $320 p/w?