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£7.00 per week - menu ideas

edited 17 June 2014 at 5:01PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • PasturesNewPasturesNew Forumite
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    Kim_kim wrote: »
    what about a long term plan that takes into account your 5 a day, your lean protein, low fat/sugar, complex carbs, all that for long term nutrition.

    For many people, all that stuff's just too hard. I've no idea what it's all about; so many things that are hard to keep track of.

    I just eat what I fancy, just being aware of when things are a bit piggy or a bit goodish.

    I've no idea what "lean protein" is ... or complex carbs.

    And, even if I did and had nailed that lot, people'd then come up with a new raft of things to try to catch me out on.

    A pie a day keeps the doctor away .... with chips :)
  • Kim_kimKim_kim Forumite
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    For many people, all that stuff's just too hard. I've no idea what it's all about; so many things that are hard to keep track of.

    I just eat what I fancy, just being aware of when things are a bit piggy or a bit goodish.

    I've no idea what "lean protein" is ... or complex carbs.

    And, even if I did and had nailed that lot, people'd then come up with a new raft of things to try to catch me out on.

    A pie a day keeps the doctor away .... with chips :)

    Complex carbs - getting your carb requirement from starchy vegetables & whole grains rather than potatoes white bread/rice/pasta.


    Those white refined carbs are usually the cheapest method of getting carbs.
    Likewise protein, fatty meat is cheaper than lean meat.
    But eggs & fish & lentils are good low fat sources of protein.

    Basically it's just a healthy balanced diet. Something that is sustainable in the long term.
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    Kim_kim wrote: »
    Complex carbs - getting your carb requirement from starchy vegetables & whole grains rather than potatoes white bread/rice/pasta.


    Those white refined carbs are usually the cheapest method of getting carbs.
    Likewise protein, fatty meat is cheaper than lean meat.
    But eggs & fish & lentils are good low fat sources of protein.

    Basically it's just a healthy balanced diet. Something that is sustainable in the long term.

    Whoosh. That'd take a whole lot of looking into, checking, writing it down to remember .... I'd probably be left with nothing I like to eat :)

    Not sure what whole grains are. I do mostly eat potatoes, bread, white rice, white pasta. Always have done.

    I don't buy/eat much meat, for a variety of reasons.

    Eggs I eat quite a lot .... I'm eating more fish fingers lately as they're great in toasties. Lentils ... eww, eww, ewww- I can still remember the horrible, really nasty looking, lumps of ham in the pressure cooker that mum would add orange lentils to in the 1970s.
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    I'm eating more fish fingers lately as they're great in toasties. Lentils ... eww, eww, ewww- I can still remember the horrible, really nasty looking, lumps of ham in the pressure cooker that mum would add orange lentils to in the 1970s.

    I do love a fish finger sandwich, don't often buy them, they are like a guilty pleasure :-)
    I only have them in white bread with a smear of tarter sauce. When you say toastie do you mean between toast or toasted in a Breville sandwich toaster? I've never had anything more adventurous than cheese & ham toasted.

    I love lentils in vegetable soups, a couple of handfuls & then blitzed with the hand blender, you won't taste them, but it makes them hearty & healthier.
  • milasavesmoneymilasavesmoney Forumite
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    I just saw a recipe for King's soup (Frugal in Norfolk) using steel cut oats and leeks. It would be economical to serve with bread and a good salad.
    Has anyone had this soup before and should I try it or would I be wasting my ingredients? I'm intrigued I must say.
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    Kim_kim wrote: »
    While all of these are great for a tight spot, what about a long term plan that takes into account your 5 a day, your lean protein, low fat/sugar, complex carbs, all that for long term nutrition.

    Try doing a search for threads by Weezl74. Here's one to start you off: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=1007423&highlight=

    Weezl was active until a couple of years ago and, with a group of lovely forumites, ran several long running threads on designing and testing the lowest possible cost healthiest possible meal plans. And I mean to the micro-nutrient level here.
    That sounds like a classic case of premature extrapolation.

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    NewShadow wrote: »
    Try doing a search for threads by Weezl74. Here's one to start you off: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=1007423&highlight=

    Weezl was active until a couple of years ago and, with a group of lovely forumites, ran several long running threads on designing and testing the lowest possible cost healthiest possible meal plans. And I mean to the micro-nutrient level here.
    If I remember correctly from something I read here weezl was one of the people who set up this:
    http://cheap-family-recipes.org/index.html
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