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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
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    • 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
    4th Jun 11 at 11:19 AM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the seventh Grocery Challenge of 2012

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your March budget, then keep on posting in the:
    June 2012 Grocery Challenge

    As always this challenge is to reduce your own grocery budget to levels that you will be pleased with, not forgetting that we always recommend that you stay inside your own comfort levels and take things gently one step at a time. Remember that this is not a competition....it's designed to take you and your grocery spending to a level you are happy with.

    If you are new to the challenge I have quoted the advice from Galtizz below which will help you get started.

    Please post into this thread for help and advice and support at any time. Good luck to everyone taking part!

    I have said this before, but for all the newbies to the challenge;

    For the first month I took a guess at the budget but I really had no idea how much I was spending.

    I found the best thing is to have a guess the first month but SAVE ALL OF YOUR RECEIPTS (and yes, that does include the ones from the local shop when you run out of milk ), then at the end of the month add them all up and have a look if you were on budget, if not, it doesn't matter because your budget was a guess. For the next month you can use the total of your receipts and take a bit off to get a realistic budget, just shave off as much as you think you can, it could be 1 a week or 20 a week.

    If you are currently spending 200 a month don't suddenly drop it to 100 - you'll never do it but if you cut 20 a month off for a few months you'll get there eventually without feeling you're missing out on anything.

    You might think you've done everything you can in the first month but someone always comes up with a new idea and, if you try it you often find you save a bit more (unless you are SarahSaver who is an expert at this and could only save more if she turned her back garden into a paddy field and lived on rice ) In the first month I thought, I'm planning meals, I couldn't possibly save any more, but then I started double cooking and freezing, and making soup instead of buying it in tins.

    I've been doing this since Feb but only saved ALL of my receipts last month, it has given me a much better idea of where it is all going. Budget for next month is 80 for 2 of us, I'll start on 30/4. I could probably save more, by eating different foods but I can afford to live on 80, I have saved a lot of money since Feb. and I don't waste food or money any more. So I'm happy with my budget.
    By request, here is Spiggles wonderful helpful post

    We all have different budgets that suit our households. The most important thing to remember is that you set yours according to your needs and finances. It can take time to get to where you want to be too so don't knock yourself out if you go over in the first few months. We are here to support each other and it is not a competition.

    I thought it might help to outline where we've come from and the top tips I've learned.

    When we started in March 2010 we had spent in excess of 600 in the previous month. This had to stop, (there's only me and him and our two beautiful black cats) something which thankfully my OH completely agreed with so I have been lucky that he has been on board from the start. He gave me his debit card voluntarily and I still keep hold of it until he needs to get something for the home. At the same time we set up a system of pocket money (pm) at 15 each per week which doesn't count towards the GC and which we can each spend as we wish with no comebacks or complaints. OH predominantly uses his pm on his beer and I ferret mine away mostly.

    The next step was to set up my own spreadsheet which is absolutely simple onto which I put all spends so that I have a continuous running total for the month and for the year. We initially set our budget at 280 per month and brought it down to 240 where it resides for most of the year it is occasionally increased to allow for extras e.g. Christmas to 260.

    The important 'tools' we found greatly helped and continue to do so now are:

    Stocktake cupboards, fridge, freezer - make lists and ensure that the older products get used up first. You'll be amazed at what you find squirrelled away and it will help with your shopping list as you'll realise that you don't actually need so much.

    Before you go shopping check staples - running out of milk, bread, butter, etc often leads to going into a shop for one thing and coming out 20 lighter. Always check these and if they'll run out tomorrow buy them the same time as getting other things.

    Always make a shopping list and stick to it - the supermarkets (sm) try every which way to get us to spend so having a list and strong resolve is the only way to beat them.

    Keep every receipt - and then note it down on your spreadsheet/spend diary so that you always know where you are.

    When tempted, ask yourself do you NEED it or just WANT it - now this advice goes with two things. Firstly, the things you see in store when shopping that APPEAR to be bargains - if you hadn't planned spending the money then its not a bargain. Secondly, the sm send us loads of vouchers for X off a spend of XX - if you had no NEED to spend XX then have you SAVED anything???

    Use my supermarket to compare prices (limited to four of the biggies) - The site may be used to actually do an online shop at whichever of the big four offers the best value or, if you have the time and sm availability, to make up lists for visiting each of the stores so that you can purchase all you need at different stores thus getting the best possible value. (I'd add, do a 'shop' virtually on this site and take the list you create on it with you, whichever one you shop at, it will help keep target prices in your head and allow you to spot bargains. MrM is not included but you can do a virtual list on their website so you know what you're going to be spending.)

    Always have a list - this is just as important when shopping online as shopping on foot.

    Use Approved Foods online (with a list!) - if you don't mind out of date things (ood) or you can search for only in date items. The only drawback is storing the goods as far as I can tell. Oh, and watch the delivery as it's done on a scaled charge for weight so keep an eye on it. You can of course do an AF order with friends, family, colleagues or like minded neighbours. Other GCers use Big Br*nds 4 Less too.

    Invest in a breadmaker - we have saved so much by making our own bread. The prices in the shops are extortionate for bread these days. There's loads of advice on this thread and others in the forum on this.

    Use the recipe lists - always posted at the front of a new thread. There are fantastic, tasty, healthy and economical recipes to use on them and there are a number of other threads on the forum such as Weezl's that will help you to eat well on a budget.

    Shop locally - the local greengrocer (or preferably market but I don't have one ) is usually cheaper as an option for fruit and veg (f&v) than the sm. Often the prices may look the same but when you look at the quantity for the same price the greengrocer will be cheaper. The same goes for the local butcher. Often you will have far more variety of meat available, advice on how to cook a particular meat can be offered and there is (for me at least) no comparison in terms of quality. We buy our huge FR eggs there and I'm yet to find an equivalent FR egg in a sm at the same or lower price. Obvioulsy if you have your own chicks/know someone who has chicks you can get them even cheaper again.

    Grow your own - it's quite simple to grow some f&v at home even if it's only in pots on the patio. There are also supportive threads on the forum for this.

    Cook your own - making meals at home from ingredients is far more economical, often tastes better than shop bought and is probably far better healthwise.

    Meal Plan - this is something that others can advise on as we don't do it. I have a tremendous capacity for eating the same food over many days but presented in slightly different form. For example, we could buy 7 worth of brisket from the butchers and eat it as pot roast for a couple of days, sliced for sarnies, sliced with a salad, chucked into a casserole or shredded up and fried as crispy beef.

    Don't waste food - either only make what you need or use any leftovers for other meals/creations or freeze it for another day.

    Withdraw the cash you want to spend - and keep it in a separate purse. This can be particularly effective as you have the money in front of you reducing rather than spending with plastic which is so easy to lose track of. Very useful when you first start out.

    Don't go to the shops to browse - this can only lead to pain and hardship!!!

    Keep posting and reading the thread - there really is no better supportive, wise and inspirational place to be! I think I saw that somebody mentioned forgetting to read/post. I get around this by using the Advanced button to post, below the window where your text is displayed you will see Additional Options. In the Thread Subscription box use the dropdown to select either instant email notification (this is what I use) or daily email notification before you submit your latest post. Then you will get an email into your inbox from which you can click to the thread to see what others are saying.

    Always remember the sm is not your friend - it wants to profit from you and take as much of your money as it can coerce out of you!

    So, there you go as a starting point. Others on here will offer tremendous advice on meal planning. And don't forget, the only silly question is the one you didn't ask!

    See you all later,
    Spigs
    For quidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #3, #4, #5 and #6 on this thread.

    For everyones totals, see post #7 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Zip
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 16th Jul 12, 12:29 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    Another top tip to help keep you out of the shops We ordered some racking for our garage and it took us ALL WEEKEND to assemble it and sort out all the carp stuff we have - both ours and the scouts

    Popped to the petrol station last night which has an M&S, and bought a small packet of sliced ham for DD and DS2's packed lunches. 1 spend going onto my total.

    Need to get something quick and easy for tea tonight. We had fish pie on the mealplan, but a friend is coming to stay and he is veggie. Will go to C00P before the school run to get some pizzas and salad plus some milk. DS2 going boating with cubs this evening so need to be out by 6pm.

    Have a good day everyone.
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    • liz-paul
    • By liz-paul 16th Jul 12, 1:58 PM
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    Anyone know how long home baked goods will keep for on average?
    e.g.
    1. caramel squares/millionaires shortbread - I know they won't go stale but will they go off?
    2. shortbread/biscuits
    3. Fairy cakes (in my experience they go stale after a couple of days, is that right?)
    4. Muffins

    Any ideas? Am having a baking day (don't know why!) but don't want to make more than we can eat before it goes bad!
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    • bossymoo
    • By bossymoo 16th Jul 12, 2:03 PM
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    Hi can you freeze any of it? I freeze cakes and muffins quite successfully. And cookie dough definitely freezes, so maybe don't bake all your shortbread?

    Updated sig with weekends spends I really must stop shopping...
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  • rosieben
    mrs-moneypenny, I've added your Sweet Potato and Leek Pie to my temporary index list (post #892)
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 16th Jul 12, 3:58 PM
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    Back from school (drenched AGAIN) and my trip to MrC. Didn't get pizzas in the end. Bought salad, garlic bread and some fresh pasta sauce (tom and mascarpone) to have with fresh pasta that is in the fridge. I also got milk and frubes plus some j.west tuna - 4 tins for 3.74. Total spend of 13.34

    Off to update sig.
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    • lboppy
    • By lboppy 16th Jul 12, 4:18 PM
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    Just updating my sig total spent so far 330.00 and my month ends on the 20th July only need to get a couple of lunch box things and milk so should be under budget but looking back at my receipts could have done even better wasted a good 8 or 9 on perpacked sarnies and could really have managed without the 3 bottles of wine but hey ho. Just need to keep focused, starting to slip back into my old ways of convenience junk because I haven't plan ahead must try harder
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    • Kitchenbunny
    • By Kitchenbunny 16th Jul 12, 4:32 PM
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    Afternoon! Managed a very respectable shop of 19.68 today, including a shed load of cleaning stuff which will last ages and make the house look nicer to boot. Tea tonight is going to be jambalaya so will crack on with that in a bit. Right now I'm busy cleaning the oven door, so might take a while!

    At least my hands are nice and soft! Well, I should need to go to the shops again this week, but only for a few items. It hurt a bit more because I had to get petrol too today.

    Have a lovely evening, all. Am off to update my sig.

    K xx

  • sneakyspender
    Hello everyone,

    Total disaster on the spending front this month. Loads of incidental expenses then ended up going away for the weekend, spent loads..Only 20 on groceries though ! Am definately going to have to come in on or below budget. 7 days left, going shopping tommorow try to spend no more than 50.
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    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 16th Jul 12, 5:03 PM
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    I was expecting a NSD yesterday but DH wanted some beers so another 3.50 to add. He bought a 1 scratch card when in the shop for me but I didn't win anything. He used to buy me a sherbert fountain when he went in the local shop to get beer but I can't have them now as they are not GF so I think he was stuck on what to get for a little treat for me!

    I hadn't realised how low I was on nappies until this morning so spent 5 in Mr S on a pack on the way home from work.

    DH is still trying to cut down on alcohol due to his eczema flaring up when he drinks beer and I have decided that I am going to withdraw the amount we would normally spend on booze and stick it in a jar. I have told him that if he doesn't spend it we will use it for a weekend away for the 2 of us later in the year I am giving up too but it won't make that much difference as it takes me a whole weekend to drink one bottle of wine

    I have been crunching numbers and I need to knock 200 off my grocery spends next month compared with this month I have 2 meals out and a lunch to cook for 5 to pay for out of my greatly reduced budget as well!

    My new budget starts on Friday and I will only have a couple of pound on tea at work to add to the total before then, thank goodness
    Pasta Carbonara for tea using a jar from ald1 with added bacon and a bit of garlic bread.
    • tigerfeet2006
    • By tigerfeet2006 16th Jul 12, 5:40 PM
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    Tonight was Chilli Con Carne from the SC (recipe in the index ) Used the mince left from Saturday and added extra tomatos and kidney beans to make it go further, though I now have a batch for the freezer which I am trying not to do. Served it with rice, a dollop of sour cream and tortilla chips that were left over from DC3's birthday party. Lots of appreciative noises to be heard.
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    • Soworried
    • By Soworried 16th Jul 12, 7:31 PM
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    I really have a shopping problem, I just can't stay out of the shops

    I went to MRT tonight to get the Greens creme caramels and Greenes lemon pie fillings for 10p (I got 4 of each) and I spotted all the YS.

    29 later I leave the store with 5 carrier bags full of reduced items. I am giving my purse to my husband tomorrow and asking him not to hand it over until we REALLY need something.
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 16th Jul 12, 7:52 PM
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    My budget is 140 per month, for one adult and two children - five and seven. We eat from small plates, buy fruit in ald!, shop in leedl, stock up on offers when they come up, and generally cooking from scratch/using jars when cheaper/we like them. We bulk up with lentils, tinned toms, etc, and buy value/non-branded items. Also, I save leftovers, and use them in other meals.

    I regularly go over the budget, but I set it over the course of a year, so if I overspend one month, I can pull it back over the next few. So far this month, I've spent around 50. I only have one more shop left to do this month, which hopefully will be less than 10 as the children will be at their dad's for most of the week, so my total for the month will go a long way towards paying back what I owe my budget!

    Of course, it does help that I am stocked up to the rafters!

    NSD today, and fed four children as dd had two friends over to play. They wanted hm pizza, with ham, sausage, sweetcorn and pineapple, all of which I have in stock, so a cheap meal. They had melon and grapes for pudding, plus a rocky bar as their treaty pudding. Oh, and cucumber and carrot sticks and crisps to go with their main, again all in!

    Tomorrow we are off to the pub for dinner, as long as my friend has remembered. If she hasn't, I'll open the pantry and see what comes out. For my lunch for the next three days, I have a mozzarella, ham and pineapple pasty, as they were leftover from making the pizza, and I had some pastry in the fridge from Friday's quiche.
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    • liz-paul
    • By liz-paul 16th Jul 12, 7:52 PM
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    Today I made banana & honey tea loaf, corn bread, chilli & cheese corn bread muffins, cheese muffins my boys made shortbread. Yummy, the only problem now is stopping ymself from eating it all. I never bake because I've been trying to lose weight for 3 years and I can't resist freshly baked goods
    Before we o away on friday I'm going to make more shortbread, more muffins (not sure what type), some cheesy bread & caramel squares! We're taking some of it with us in case anyone thinks we're going to overdose! Just trying to use up some leftovers....

    In case anyone has some ideas I have 2 red onions & some honey yogurt to use up..... Not together! Got most store supboard basics (flour, eggs, butter, milk, sugar, herbs/spices, a little bit of cheese) but don't really want to have to buy anything. TIA
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    • little_miss_moneysaver
    • By little_miss_moneysaver 16th Jul 12, 7:54 PM
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    Hello all!

    Just read back from Friday! Took a while!

    I also am only budgeting for two and a cat. I do remember when we got our first house probably four years ago and spent 100 on food, cleaning and toiletries we didn't have a cat though then, but she's not too expensive. This month and next month I'll spend extra really trying to stock up on dry goods, toiletries, household stuff etc before I go onto maternity leave which is why it's 200 this month.
    I think a realistic food budget for us two, just for food is 120 for a month well 30 a week. I seem to spend a lot on fresh fruit and veg even if I go to the market. This time of year fruit is just so tempting, and being at home most days I do munch my way through it all! if we had a l!dl or @ldi with its weekly fruit offers I think it'll be a lot cheaper.
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 16th Jul 12, 7:54 PM
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    I went to MRT tonight to get the Greens creme caramels and Greenes lemon pie fillings for 10p (I got 4 of each) and I spotted all the YS.
    Originally posted by Soworried
    10p each?!?! Is that a glitch - when did it come? Will it be there tomorrow?!?!?!

    I love the creme caramels!


    I too have a shopping problem, and have been advised on here to just take some cash rather than my whole purse...
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    • Soworried
    • By Soworried 16th Jul 12, 7:58 PM
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    Soworried
    10p each?!?! Is that a glitch - when did it come? Will it be there tomorrow?!?!?!

    I love the creme caramels!


    I too have a shopping problem, and have been advised on here to just take some cash rather than my whole purse...
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    Hi PG, I got wrong the other day for posting the voucher links but there is a voucher for 40p off, valid until christmas so I have printed hundreds. It is on the voucher thread on MSE.
    It is for 40p off and they cost 50p in MRT, MRS. If you have a MRA, they pay you 5p to take them away
    I hope that helps x

    I am going to take some to a foodbank.
    Last edited by Soworried; 16-07-2012 at 8:01 PM.
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    • MrsCD
    • By MrsCD 16th Jul 12, 8:00 PM
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    Anyone know how long home baked goods will keep for on average?
    e.g.
    1. caramel squares/millionaires shortbread - I know they won't go stale but will they go off?
    2. shortbread/biscuits
    3. Fairy cakes (in my experience they go stale after a couple of days, is that right?)
    4. Muffins

    Any ideas? Am having a baking day (don't know why!) but don't want to make more than we can eat before it goes bad!
    Originally posted by liz-paul
    Caramel squares/ millionaires shortbread will keep 2 or 3 weeks in an airtight tin, but may go soft due to the soft fillings. They will still be ok to eat though.
    Biscuits will keep ages in an airtight tin.
    Fairy cakes will keep a week or so in an airtight tin, depending on the topping. You can freeze them before topping.
    Muffins slightly less than fairy cakes because they generally have less fat in them. You can freeze them as well.


    Today has been another NSD
    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 16th Jul 12, 8:12 PM
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    Well no spends today as stayed in all day except a trip to the pool (free as I have a membership). Bank holiday here so off work, but a bit annoyed I didn't do anything AT ALL exciting with it.

    Did make split pea, lemon and smoked paprika soup for lunches, a loaf of HM bread and mince and tatties for dinner(stretched to 3 portions, one for lunch tomorrow).

    liz-paul I like to make cookies when I have eggs and butter to use up because you can make a big batch and freeze half or most of the dough in balls, then just bake a couple at a time from frozen for a snack. Actually I have some in the freezer right now, might go and bake them!! also freeze lemon drizzle cake and scones after cooking. Biscuits last for ages if you have willpower!
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    • katiegirl
    • By katiegirl 16th Jul 12, 10:27 PM
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    I've updated my signature to reflect the 10 I spent on food over the weekend and the 1.56 in Mr T's (basic crisps for school hols and yoghurts for dd's lunches), and 9.13 in Aldi.

    I've decided I'm giving my self an extra 10 this month, I think I'd really be cutting it fine otherwise and I know if I go over I might be tempted to just think sod it and go way over! Also I don't really mind because I've stocked up on quite a few treats for dd the school hols, have got loads of washing detergent/fabric conditioner to last a while and I also included 4 that I spent on a half price t-shirt for dd in Mr S's in the GC budget....listen to me making excuses

    I've got my meals planned till payday and only need some eggs (Aldi only had medium today, I wanted large but don't need them till Friday so will pop in again), another pack of wraps (out of stock in Aldi but don't need till Friday earliest), a basic pizza from the Co-op for next week (really good value) and some milk next week. I've got 48.44 in my purse and that has to get those couple of things, me coffee and cake/lunch with a friend on Wednesday and me and dd tea out on Thursday (probably Pizza Hut). So I should be fine.

    The only possible blip is I've said dd could invite 2 friends for tea on friday, I had planned on one and I know she likes what we we're having, but I need dd to check the other one likes fajitas, most people do right?

    Other MSE news from me is I should be way under on my petrol budget, I've spent less than 90/150 and still have over half a tank left. And I've written 11 reviews for dooyoo earning 4375 miles (equivalent to 4.35), I'm hoping to get to about 50 by October/November for some Harry Potter Lego for dd for Christmas! I've sold a few more things on ebay as well, have 26.67 in my paypal account - have spent 12 on postage though (and will need to pay ebay fees)! Have two items selling - both have bids, and loads more to try and get listed.

    Hope everyone is well and doing well with their budgets! Not had much of a chance to read with getting sorted for our house move as well - get the keys tomorrow!
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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 17th Jul 12, 6:14 AM
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    Hi all

    I've not kept up this month at all I'm afraid - lots and lots going on... been interviewing for new job and got it and have handed in notice, woop!

    However just had to quickly post this lovely, healthy and simple recipe that I had last night:

    Chunky Vegetable Chowder

    1 medium baking potato (320g ish), peeled + diced (I used new potatoes and didn't peel)
    1 medium carrot (120g ish), peeled and chopped (I used a few young carrots and didn't peel)
    1 small onion (110g ish), peeled and chopped
    100ml of milk (I used Kara Dairy Free which worked well)
    200ml veg stock, prepared (I used 2 Oxo cubes)

    1. Put chopped veg in saucepan and add stock
    2. Top up with boiling water so veg are covered
    3. Bring to boil and simmer for 20 mins, or until potatoes soft and most of the liquid has reduced
    4. Lightly crush some veg against side of pan with a wooden spoon (this thickens it)
    5. Add the milk, season VERY well and serve!

    The key to this recipe is the seasoning! This amount serves one - I doubled mine to have some for lunch today too. It's a very nice sized portion. Mine worked out at 289 cals a portion!

    I also want to recommend this FANTASTIC website for anyone out there looking for meal plans - I've never seen anything like it...it's quite simply AMAZING... and FAB recipes too!

    http://resourcefulcook.com


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