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    • Butterfly Brain
    • By Butterfly Brain 28th Aug 12, 10:46 PM
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    Feed a family of four for 20 a week challenge
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    • 28th Aug 12, 10:46 PM
    Feed a family of four for 20 a week challenge 28th Aug 12 at 10:46 PM
    This is coming from the 7 a week thread. We need ideas on healthy meals for a family of four with 20 a week, this must include fruit and veg and protein. And like the 7 a week thread there is no stock cupboard. Can we do it guys and gals?

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    • Butterfly Brain
    • By Butterfly Brain 7th Oct 16, 6:28 PM
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    Lots of other bread recipes here:

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=367959
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    • Butterfly Brain
    • By Butterfly Brain 7th Oct 16, 6:59 PM
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    We bought another 2 packs of 500g mince from Aldi 2.98 and I split the kg of mince into three. I also bought two medium chickens for 2.99
    So I have made another lasagne, a Mince cobbler plus a mince hotpot for dinner tonight. One chicken has been jointed and frozen the other will be for Sunday roast plus a Chicken and Veg crumble for Monday

    This week's SS are all 45p:

    500g brussel sprouts
    Swede
    Cooked Beetroot
    Parsnips
    Onions
    Leeks

    1kg Carrots 41p

    I bought eight packs of parsnips, so a huge pot of parsnip and apple soup (Free apples) has been made and is now in six ice cream tubs (Large Walls ones saved over the summer) Now happily in the freezer. Plus some have been peeled and sliced ready to be roasted and a couple of bags of them have been put away for Christmas plus two packs of Brussel sprouts.
    Six bags of Brussels sprouts prepared and frozen (two for Christmas), two swedes cooked and mashed and one diced , 2 packs leeks made into Leek and potato soup and a Leek and potato pie

    I will post my meal plan and shopping list in a seperate reply
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    • determined new ms
    • By determined new ms 8th Oct 16, 8:09 PM
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    thanks for this BB! I went to a1dis today and got 2x parsnips, leeks & brussel sprouts & 1 massive swede. Currently a batch of curried lentil, parsnip & apple soup on the hob & am going to try my hand at blanching the sprouts & parsnips, and will cook, mash & portion up the swede tomorrow as well as make leek & potato soup with the leeks
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    • determined new ms
    • By determined new ms 9th Oct 16, 10:34 AM
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    just made a 2 x lasagna's - one for tomorrow when I'm working so we can just bung it in the oven when we get in & one for the freezer for next week. Have just priced it out & it has cost 1.42 per lasagna and there will be lo's for work the next day.

    I used:
    1 tblspn olive oil - 3p
    1 onion - 3p
    garlic - free (I grew it)
    BNS - free (given to me by an allotmenteer)
    2 carrots - 3p
    1/4 courgette & pepper - free (I grew it)
    tin toms - 25p
    squirt of tom puree 4p
    100 grms red lentil - 33p
    glug wine - 50p (obviously not strictly necessary but does taste better with)
    celery stick - 3p
    beef stock cube - 3p
    thyme & basil - free (hg)
    2 slices of smoked bacon - 26p
    12 lasagna sheets - 30p
    3/4pt milk - 16p
    100grms butter - 18p
    50 grms cheese - 33p
    flour - 3p

    1.44 per meal
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    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 9th Oct 16, 2:43 PM
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    I hope this does not go against the grain, it might belong to an altogether different post, but I wonder how to set a budget for 2 adults, both 90% vegetarians (with occasional fish thrown in), eating mostly with the seasons, as in organic vege box, plus mostly organic grains and pulses.

    We make our own very inexpensive seed or nut milk, yogurt, cream cheese, fermented veg. Not baking our own bread because only one of us (DH) eats it. We are mostly gluten free apart from DH's bread intake, and we buy his bread from a local baker, at 6.50 per humongous loaf, which lasts a week.

    I know that we probably would spend more than the 20-25 that people are discussing here, but I wonder if any of you clever and experienced budgeteers have tried to eat this way.

    I acknowledge that this might sound like a total luxury for some and totally understand that it is not possible for many to make these choices, but we live very modestly in other aspects of our lives and put a very high value in eating well and sustainably. In addition we both have some health conditions to contend with, especially DH who has a life-limiting neurological illness and needs to keep his health at an optimum state and his weight up.

    I look forward to your suggestions and ideas. Of course if this is considered off topic I would be happy to move it, but I thought this is the thread that is used by the most experienced in these matters. Thank you!
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Oct 16, 3:36 PM
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    I eat very much the same way as you do Caterina by the sound of it.

    Now I've got my garden more "up and running" and producing a noticeable amount of food one way or another and have recently started keeping a record of where my money is going - then I have found that the last 2 weeks have cost me an average of 20 per week (that is food only - not including the non-food items many seem to include in their budget). With my not liking tea or instant coffee - so I have to have real coffee and the fact that everything is organic, apart from eggs (which are just free range) then I think that should just about cover me. I doubt it will cost me more than 25 per week at the most.

    Personally - I don't think that's bad at all - considering the average British person spends 35 per week each on food. So for me to spend between 20 and 25 when I am single/eat organically/drink real coffee is pretty good.

    I try not to be wasteful - so, for instance, today's lunch has just been frittata that included some leftover bread I'd made into breadcrumbs and kept in the freezer. The veggies with it were sauted leek (home-grown), nasturtium leaves (home-grown) and carrot (not home-grown yet - but I've got some growing at the moment). A pudding I've got lined-up for dinner this evening will be blackberries and home-grown apples with some yogurt (fallen behind a bit at the moment, so it's bought, but I often make my own) to give an example of how I'm eating.

    I'm with you on eating healthily. I'm in my 60s now and I don't think I can think of a single healthy person in my agegroup or older and I'm quite shocked at the very high percentage of ill people in Britain.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 09-10-2016 at 3:39 PM.
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    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 9th Oct 16, 6:24 PM
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    Thank you mitstm, I have wondered if I could do it with a max of 40 per week, all in, for the two of us now that DH is a pensioner and my income from babysitting is tiny and irregular.

    I find it difficult to budget as such because of buying in bulk, using stock I already have in cupboards, homegrown stuff (irregular), also odd dinners out - DH insists to live it up while he can, and frankly I can't blame him!

    It's all up in the air for us because things could change for the worse healthwise, any time (God forbid) or could go on well for years and years. I find the idea of living it up very scary because we might need funds desperately for care etc if TSHTF with his illness. At the same time, with this Damocles sword on his head, how can I deny him the treats he wants?

    So, a modicum of budgeting has to be put into action, by me, quietly.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 9th Oct 16, 7:43 PM
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    Caterina

    1. What have you got in the way of a garden? Large, reasonable, pocket handkerchief, patio and grow things in pots as best you can? I'm experimenting my way through what I can get for free from my garden - as well as plants I mean to grow. So I'm letting fat hen and nettles grow for instance and eating them. I've done a bit of experimenting with the dandelions that keep popping up in my garden - I have to tone the taste down imo (as it's on the bitter side for me). However, I've found I could do dandelion "crisps" (as per kale crisps) and could have dandelion leaves sauted a minute or so each side in oil - but my experiment with dandelion leaf pesto was a failure (too bitter for me personally). I've started harvesting my leeks - and cut off the bottom inch or so and re-planted it/the roots back into the soil to grow on again and provide me with some more leek to eat in some weeks.

    2. What kitchen equipment have you got? Dehydrator? Heavy duty blender (eg Vitamix)?

    3. I'm working my way gradually towards making what I can from scratch for this way of eating. I'm guessing you already make pasta from scratch for instance? Do you use dried beans, rather than canned ones (it's possible to soak and cook up a whole packet of dried beans and store them in bags in the freezer to take out the equivalent of a cans worth when required).

    4. There is a book recently out on the market that you've probably not come across yet - it's a basic pantry staples book based on healthy eating. I've got several "pantry" recipe books - written from a more conventional eating pov and I can't say I get a lot of use from them personally. However - I have recently bought "The homemade vegan pantry - the art of making your own staples" written by Miyoko Schinner and I think this one would be useful for you to have a look at. I shall have to take this step by step trying things out in it myself. It includes, for instance, recipes for making own tofu, cashew cream, "meat" equivalents, pesto, vegan "fish" sauce, healthy jam, etc.
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 09-10-2016 at 7:58 PM.
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    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 9th Oct 16, 9:09 PM
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    Hi, thank you for the extensive reply, here's mine:

    1. We have a small allotment, we share it with an OS friend. We also have front and back garden, where I grow some herbs and veg. Really could do better on the allotment front. I cannot dig due to arthritis but DH and our friend are very good at that. I can plan and plant and we have some potential winter crops in the shape of brassicas, winter lettuces, cultivated dandelions and hopefully leeks and some Jerusalem artichokes. If we plan carefully I reckon we can have at least 30% of our diet from the allotment.
    Really interested in fat hen, does it taste good? It is a common weed in our allotment. Got a fair amount of nettles but cut them down regularly as they're in the way. Maybe I should pay more notice when they are young. Don't eat wild dandelions without boiling them first, otherwise they are inedible. Once boiled, they are delicious saut!ed in garlic and chilli oil (cicoria ripassata). In Rome you would pay good money for this dish as not many people left to go pick up the wild leaves in the field, it's becoming a delicacy!

    2. I have a dehydrator that I haven't used for ages and a vitamix that I use for everything. Need to revisit the dehydrator, thank you for reminder.

    3. I don't make pasta, life's too short, but have been known to make potato gnocchi, however I prefer grains in their natural state so that's not an issue. I buy grains and pulses in bulk and do cook and freeze. This winter there will be stews of all sorts on our table as I need to run down the various beans and split peas stocks!

    4. Thank you for the book suggestion, going to check it out now and will let you know how it goes. EDITED: had a look, it seems just the perfect companion to. Y kitchen ae ethers. Ordered! Very excited, it will be there waiting for me when I get back from my hols! :-) thank you!

    All the best x
    Last edited by Caterina; 09-10-2016 at 9:16 PM. Reason: Book ordered!
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 10th Oct 16, 7:35 AM
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    Fat hen is very "neutral" in taste - so basically I regard it as a spinach substitute. So yep..I eat the leaves at points where I would eat spinach and the recipe has a bit of "flavouring" of some description in. You might as well give it a go and try it. Apparently the seeds are edible too - though I've not tried them yet.

    I knew Italians eat dandelions - hence mentioning. I'll try out blanching some leaves and then cooking them and see what I think. We're unfamiliar with eating them - as you'll know.

    Nettles could also be used as a vegetable - as another spinach equivalent (same thing as fat hen - ie used with suitable flavourings). I do make a nice nettle pesto for instance.

    I've just got a standard size garden (might be considered large by city standards? - isnt by mine). Still waiting for the money to rip up a lot of "concrete garden" put down by previous owners - but have got a reasonable amount that is "plantable" now (courtesy of ripping up a lot of "previous owner stuff" already). I major in fruit trees and bushes personally - as I figure that fruit is dearer than vegetables and easier to care for. Hence the dehydrator use - as I dry some of the surplus.

    I'm currently waiting for a friend to find a suitable log for me and I shall have a go at injecting it with suitable mushroom spore and see what happens. I gather it should be possible to grow some types of mushrooms straight on the ground - eg on wood chippings - by inoculating it with suitable mushroom spore on a suitable piece of ground one doesnt walk on regularly. Bit of experimenting coming up - as mushrooms are one of the dearer foods...

    EDIT; Another book you might like to check out is "The Homemade Flour Cookbook - the home cook's guide to milling nutritious flours and creating delicious recipes with every grain, legume, nut and seed from A - Z" by Erin Alderson (she's the Naturally Ella woman). That might give you ideas to save on buying that expensive bread for your husband. With a Vitamix it's possible to make your own flour. More experiments coming up - I do make rice flour and chickpea flour already (I think probably much cheaper than buying them readymade).
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 10-10-2016 at 8:05 AM.
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    • Slowly57
    • By Slowly57 10th Oct 16, 8:50 AM
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    Caterina, i read your posts with great interest as we have similar circumstances. We don't go down the organic route - but do buy locally and seasonally. We don't have a garden - but do have a yard to grow things in pots,I don't think this saves us a lot of money - but it does mean we 'know' our foods and definitely appreciate food more for the bits we do grow.

    We are super-lucky in having a good Northern market on the doorstep and a local farm that delivers seasonal and local food. We also have a milkman who delivers local milk in glass bottles )

    If it all sounds a bit spendy it isn't - but I'm fussy about where my budget gets spent (and lucky enough to be able to afford to be that way). Having said that, it has become plain to me that I am both a cupboard and freezer food hoarder - this needs to stop.

    Do you have locals for your veg box? I looked at what a national box service charges and it seemed a bit much. You can check on what's in your area on (oops assuming you're in UK):
    Big Barn https://www.bigbarn.co.uk/
    and you probably know about Eat the Seasons http://www.eattheseasons.co.uk/

    Best wishes to you and your OH xx
    Last edited by Slowly57; 10-10-2016 at 8:53 AM.
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    • Soworried
    • By Soworried 10th Oct 16, 2:31 PM
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    We bought another 2 packs of 500g mince from Aldi 2.98 and I split the kg of mince into three. I also bought two medium chickens for 2.99
    So I have made another lasagne, a Mince cobbler plus a mince hotpot for dinner tonight. One chicken has been jointed and frozen the other will be for Sunday roast plus a Chicken and Veg crumble for Monday

    This week's SS are all 45p:

    500g brussel sprouts
    Swede
    Cooked Beetroot
    Parsnips
    Onions
    Leeks

    1kg Carrots 41p

    I bought eight packs of parsnips, so a huge pot of parsnip and apple soup (Free apples) has been made and is now in six ice cream tubs (Large Walls ones saved over the summer) Now happily in the freezer. Plus some have been peeled and sliced ready to be roasted and a couple of bags of them have been put away for Christmas plus two packs of Brussel sprouts.
    Six bags of Brussels sprouts prepared and frozen (two for Christmas), two swedes cooked and mashed and one diced , 2 packs leeks made into Leek and potato soup and a Leek and potato pie

    I will post my meal plan and shopping list in a seperate reply
    Originally posted by Butterfly Brain
    Great post, I hadn't thought about getting the veg for Christmas !

    I'll grab some later in the week.
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 10th Oct 16, 4:08 PM
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    I had some cooked beetroot a few months ago when it was last on offer Aldi's (29p then) and I bought three packets and divided them up into single units and froze them (I am the only one in the family who loves beetroot) I am almost down to the last three units, so I will be buying some more to freeze before the offer finishes to get me through the winter.

    Onions I buy and dice and freeze in bags so they are handy for throwing a small handful into casseroles. Leeks sliced and frozen are a great addition as well.

    I suppose I limit myself to meat a couple of times a week as I enjoy veggie lasagne or chillies and at Christmas I like cheese and leek 'sausage rolls' I probably eat more fish than meat as I only live about half an hour from Whitstable where the fish is so fresh its almost still wriggling

    Growing my own isn't an option, as unfortunately my gardening days are over due to arthritis, but I do have a gardener who comes once a fortnight to keep it looking respectable and he brought me a rhubarb crown one of his customers was binning, and this year it grew very well and I have several bags of it in my freezer for winter crumbles.

    My DGS help me by foraging for blackberries and I have friends who give me bags of 'fallers' from their trees
    Y/S fruit and veg gets turned into soup or frozen asap so that helps to keep the bills down quite a bit.

    I eat at DDs at least once a week and last night came home with enough left overs for tonight's dinner.Tuesday nights I have a meal in with the pub quiz that I go to so this week will only have 4 evening dinners to cook. I never include anything other than food in my 'food purse budget' and so far this month have spent just under 18.00 and don't need to shop for at least another 7-8 days
    Last edited by JackieO; 11-10-2016 at 10:01 AM.
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    • Fruball
    • By Fruball 11th Oct 16, 12:51 AM
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    Here you go hun x

    D&DD's Apple Braid

    One of our faves is an Apple Braid,looks quite posh, til the kids see it :rolleyes: so perfect for guests.I'll put in the large recipe as it is great for freezing too.
    Dough.
    1 sachet yeast
    15 oz strong bread flour
    3/4 tsp salt
    4 tbspn sugar (less if wanted)
    4 1/2 tbspn butter
    2 eggs
    6 fl oz milk

    I find this comes out a bit on the sticky side sometimes so you may need a bit of extra flour to hand *I make this up in my MR haven't tried it in the Panny yet!*
    Set for white bread dough..

    Filling.
    2 eating apples
    1 1/2 tsp plain flour
    2 tbspn sugar
    3/4 tspn cinammon
    34 tspn lemon juice
    3 tbspns sultanas

    Peel,core and chop apples into small pieces toss with the remaining ingredients.

    Roll out dough to 1/3 inch thick rectangle shape.Mark lightly from top to bottom into thirds without cutting!! On the outer thirds make diagonal cuts about 1 inch wide.

    Place the filling down the centre of the dough then plait the dough over the top.

    Cover loosely and rise for 30 mins then bake for approx 30 mins til golden brown.Gas mark 4/180 c/350 f
    Originally posted by Butterfly Brain
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    • FrugalinShropshire
    • By FrugalinShropshire 15th Oct 16, 4:58 PM
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    This is a really interesting thread. We are a family of 4 adults. We have previously had a budget of 50 a week for food and managed well as we cook mostly from scratch and are savvy shoppers. Lately though as my Dad has recovered from a stroke and been more debilitated by his Parkinsons and DH has recovered from an amputation, our spend has increased to about 100 a week. We have just had Dad in respite for a week and are now aware that a care home may be needed in the future. Our income as a family will take a severe tumble to fund this and so in preparation for this possible future we are going full steam ahead as frugal as possible to give us time to adjust to an income drop. Our new budget from this week has been 60 a week and I have come in under at 50 for this week. We will do our utmost to lower it to the minimum to ne able to save as much as possible to fund the next 2 years before DH draws his pension.
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    • flubberyzing
    • By flubberyzing 15th Oct 16, 6:49 PM
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    Haven't forgotten you threemuttleys...will post week 1 tomorrow. What does worry me is, even though I applaud you sticking to your principles of free range, it is an unaffordable luxury when you are living on the edge.
    Originally posted by Butterfly Brain
    Agreed. When I can, I buy free range/organic, but at the moment I just can't afford to. I know I absolutely will/did when I could afford it, so for now I buy with no guilt.
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    • Ladyluck1
    • By Ladyluck1 16th Oct 16, 8:31 AM
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    I had a go.
    Not very inspired and slightly over budget but lots are carry over ingredients also I would assume most people would at least have SOME things like salt and oil but ive included them anyway

    Oats 70p
    Eggs 15 1.25
    Toasting muffins 39p
    Soft wholemeal 45p
    Leeks 45p
    Parsnips 35p
    Brussels 45p
    Potatoes 99p 2kg
    Carrots 1kg 41p
    Frozen peas 95p 1kg
    Garlic 30p
    Frozen sausages 16 2
    Chicken medium 2.29
    Lentils 1.80 kg (will carry over and price taken from Tesco as not sure on Aldi)
    Flour 1.5kg 1.15 (also tesco cheaper aldi)
    Salt 29p
    Cheese 1.49
    Butter Spread 69p
    Curry sauce 25p
    Passata x 2 40p
    Tuna tin 40p
    1kg Rice 45p (carry over)
    Banana 68p 1kg
    Milk 1.14 3 litre
    100 Teabags 89p (carry over)
    Biscuits rice teas 19p
    Baked beans 39p
    Veg Oil 90p (carry over!)
    Jam 30p (probably carry over)
    Sugar 1kg 50p (carry over)
    Baking powder 39p (Carry over)

    22.43



    Breakfasts;
    Oats x3 days with jam or sugar and half a banana
    Fake egg mcmuffins 1 day
    Cheese on toast/ jam on toast x 2days
    Frittata with potatoes and peas x 1 day


    Lunches
    (Assuming one child has free school meals)
    Hm soup x 4 with stock from
    2 days Chicken bone stock, potatoes and leeks, carrot.
    2 days from lentils, stock, carrots and a little leftover curry sauce.

    Chicken sandwiches

    Beans (half tin) on toast and a poached egg

    Dinners
    Roast chicken, roast veg and Yorkshire puddings

    Chicken curry with rest of chicken, some potato and carrot and lentils and curry sauce. Served with rice.

    Risotto (with stock made from bones and small Amount of meat and peas)

    Bubble and squeak (roast leftovers) with beans

    Sausage casserole, parsnip mash and dumplings

    Pasta with tuna, peas, passata and cheese.

    Hm tortilla pizza topped with half passata reduced with a little leek and garlic. Cheese and 2 sausages.



    Snacks
    Fruit
    Drink of milk
    Biscuit

    I also find a lot of fresh items at 30% off with a day or so on so you could be lucky with the chicken too!
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    • donnajt
    • By donnajt 16th Oct 16, 4:10 PM
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    I love this thread - I can't ever imagine being able to feed my family for 20 but I have noticed a significant drop since I started following this thread and putting your tips into practice and some really good recipes - thank you all so much .... kerching! that was 40 savings I have made over last few weeks hitting my savings jar
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    • FrugalinShropshire
    • By FrugalinShropshire 16th Oct 16, 4:15 PM
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    I am using up odds and ends today and will meal plan based on what I have in the cupboards/freezer. We have a packet of burger buns in the freezer and some spicy bean burgers, that is supper sorted. I had exactly 400g of brown bread flour, so that is in the breadmaker doing a sandwich loaf for tomorrow. I have a bottle of lemon juice so as the girls have been laying well I will make some lemon curd. Dad is back from respite now and that is his favourite.
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    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 18th Oct 16, 7:41 PM
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    Quickly in and out as just back from hols and seriously sleep-deprived, but wanted to thank moneyistooshorttomention for the suggestion about the vegan book, I got it and am loving it already! One problem is the generous use of gluten for their "meats", I will have to figure something else, nutmeal, bean paste etc, to substitute as I can't eat gluten anymore. THANK YOU! :-)
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