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$50 fortnight Week 1- Days 6&7 $25 menu Week 3 Days 6&7

Hello to all my lovely followers.

This is another catch up post to bring us up to the end of last week.

$50 menu Day 6

Breakfast
Baked Beans on Toast

Lunch
Left Over Tex Mex Rice Slice

Dinner
Chicken , vege and pasta


$50 Menu – Day 7

Breakfast
Poached Eggs on Toast

Lunch
Cheese Salad Sandwich

Dinner
Tuna Filled Spud



25 menu  Day 6

Breakfast
Porridge
Lunch 
Cheesy Pasta Bake.
This turned out really yummy.  
In a pot I boiled 1/2 cup of pasta and 1/2 cup of mixed vege until not
quite cooked ( about 6 minutes)

In a separate pan I sauteed a bit of onion in some butter and
then added about a 1/4 of a cup of milk and the last of the cheese sauce sachet.

Stir until a thick sauce is made.
Pour the cheese over the drained pasta and vege.
I then placed a few slices of tomato into the bottom of a buttered dish
and loaded the cheesy pasta mix over.  Press down firmly and bake in a
180 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes.

Allow to cool a little before running knife around the outside and turning out
onto a plate.  Serve with salad if desired.

Dinner
Filled Spud

This spud just had vege cheese and bacon.


$25 menu  Day 7
Breakfast
Baked Beans on Toast

Lunch
Tuna, vege and pasta in soup/sauce
Boil up the pasta and veges until al dente.
Drain and add the tuna and a cup-a-soup made up

in less water so it forms a sauce.

Dinner
Bacon and Cheese Burger


 

$50 fortnight Week1 – Day 5 and Week 3 – Day 5

$50 Fortnight Week 1 – Day 5

Breakfast
Souffle Omelette
I really enjoy souffle omelettes. The fluffiness of the eggy mixture coupled with a bit of cheese and veges is just a joy to start the day with 🙂  It just seems so much more than 1 egg.

Lunch
Quiche.
If I had given this day’s meal plan more thought, I would not have quiche after having eggs for breakfast.

Dinner 
“Tex Mex Rice Slice”
I invented this combination a week or so ago when I discovered the range of rice and pasta sachets in Woolworths.  One of the rice varieties is Mexican Rice.   I loved the idea of having beef with it, but Mince is expensive from the supermarket so I did not think I was going to be able to do this until I could build up a stockpile.  Then I found the Meat Sauce. 🙂   So my Tex Mex Rice Slice was born.

Recipe (using the Mexican Rice sachet)
In a pot, make up the rice as per the instructions. 
Once the rice has finished cooking, allow to cool slightly.
Microwave or boil a cup of mixed veges.  Add to the cooked rice along with
1/2 cup or so of meat sauce.
Add in 2 eggs which have been lightly beaten.
Mix well and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees C for 15-20 minutes. 
or until well set.
Allow to cool a little before cutting and serving with salad.

OR
Recipe  ( using plain white rice and a sachet of Taco Seasoning)
In a pot, melt 2 teaspoons of butter, add rice and stir until the rice is well coated in butter.
Add 1/2 packet of  Taco Seasoning mix stir well to combine all.
Add 300ml of water and bring to the boil.  Cover and simmer until the rice is cooked.

Once the rice has finished cooking, allow to cool slightly.
Microwave or boil a cup of mixed veges.  Add to the cooked rice along with
1/2 cup or so of meat sauce.
Add in 2 eggs which have been lightly beaten.
Mix well and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees C for 15-20 minutes. 
or until well set.
Allow to cool a little before cutting and serving with salad.

I am going to make this again with brown rice and minced beef.  It would be really lovely served with avocado and a good dollop of sour cream.




$25 Menu Week 3  – Day 5

Breakfast
Porridge ( Again i don’t cook this)

Lunch
“Pizza”
Bread spread with a bit of the tomato sauce from
the tin of baked beans then topped with  
chopped bacon, onion and cheese.
Grill until the cheese is melted and everything is hot.

Dinner
Tuna Rissoles withe Vege and Salad.








 



$50 fortnight Week1 – Day 4 and Week 3 – Day 4

I am posting twice today as I seem to have lost a day and am getting myself confused 🙁

I am having meals from both meal plans and getting myself in an all mighty mess.  I twill be easier when I go back to just one menu plan 🙂

$50 menu  Week 1 – Day 4

Breakfast
Poached Eggs on Toast

Lunch
Mince and Vege on toast.
This was a few tablespoons of the delicious Campbells Meat Sauce and a cup of mixed vege.
Heat until nice and hot and serve on hot buttered toast.

Dinner
Quiche


 
$25 menu   Week 3 – Day 4
 
This is where I have confused the plan 🙁
So to bring things back on track I will swap around some of the days meals but each meal is from the $25 Week 3 Menu.
 
Breakfast
Beans on Toast
 
Lunch
Chicken and Vege Pasta cooked in Soup.
You may remember this from a previous week.  Adding a standard cup-a-soup to what would be a pretty bland dish, adds a good hit of flavour.
Cup-a-soup sachets are a great idea as a meal base or simple sauce.  Simply use less water to get the consistency you require
 
Dinner
Tuna Rissoles with Vege and Salad.
 
 
 
 
 

 

$50 fortnight Week1 – Day 3 and Week 3 – Day 3

$50 fortnight Week 1 – Day 3

Breakfast
Baked Beans on Toast

Lunch
Toasted Cheese Sandwich

Dinner
Stuffed Spud.
Today I had my spud stuffed with  mixed vege and a couple of tablespoons of
Campbells Spaghetti Sauce with Beef.  

I had thought that if I wasn’t sticking to the budget, I would have added cheese, but on tasting it, I am glad I didn’t add the cheese, I did not need it at all.  Maybe a shave of Parmesan, but cheddar would have done nothing to greatly enhance the flavour.


Recipe:
Stand your potato up in a collar of foil to stop it rolling around.  I use half a large-ish potato because I like the ease of getting the baked flesh out.  
Cut some slices into the raw potato and dab over a bit of butter. The cuts help the butter to permeate through the cooking spud.  
Once the potato is tender, remove from the oven and allow to cool enough to handle. 
 Scoop the flesh out with a spoon and gently mash, add in some cooked vege and a couple of spoonfuls of meat sauce.  
Pile everything back into the shell and pop back in the oven until heated through.  
Serve on a bed of salad.




$25 Menu Week 3 – Day 3

Breakfast
Beans

Lunch
Cheese and salad Sandwich

Dinner
Roasted Chicken Piece with Vege and cheese sauce.

I am really liking this packet cheese sauce.  I probably would bother to make a regular cheese sauce normally.  I would go with gravy.  But this packet is cheesy enough and is just as easy to make as packet gravy.  I think it might just find a regular place in my pantry.

To make this dish, I used a chicken thigh and put some butter directly under the skin.  I do this with whole chickens when I roast them, makes the chicken nice and moist and the skin all lovely and crispy.  My roast chicken was served on a bed of steamed mixed vege and the cheese sauce drizzled around. (Do you like how I got all “Master Chef” with my plating up here.  🙂   )

$50 fortnight Week1 – Day 2 and Week 3 – Day 2

I will diarise both meal plans into one post each day. Otherwise you will all get mightily sick of multiple posts. 🙂


$50 fortnight Week 1 – Day 2

Breakfast
Scrambled Eggs on Toast
Cup of Tea

Lunch
Leftover Chicken Carbonara from last night

Dinner
Tuna Rissoles with Vegetables Served with Salad
These were super tasty.
In a pot boil a small potato and a 1/2 cup of mixed vege.
When tender, remove for the heat and mash well with nothing added ( no butter or milk) 
You want quite a dry mixture.  When the mash has cooled down enough to handle, add a 100g of tuna and mix gently ( you don’t want to break up the tuna too much.  
Form into patties and refrigerate until firm.   
Cook over a medium heat in butter until golden and heted through.
Serve on a bed of salad

$50 fortnight Week1 – Day 1

Day 1

Breakfast:
Baked Beans and Toast

Lunch:
Quiche

Dinner:
Chicken Carbonara 
In a pan sautee some chicken and onion in butter
Add 1/2 cup of milk (or cream if you have it)
Bring the milk to the boil, then add a cup of cooked pasta.
While the pasta is still warm, crack an egg into the pan
and stir gently until it makes a thick sauce.
Serve.

Week 3 – Day 1


I am doing 2 menus this week.  The Week 3 $25 menu plan and also the 1st week of the $50 fortnight.   All meals that are photographed, I did actually cook.  Sometimes there will be repeat photos of dishes that repeat (Beans on toast, Poached eggs  leftovers for lunch etc)


$25 per week Stand Alone Menu 3 – Day 1

Breakfast
Porridge  (disclaimer I did NOT cook this.. Honestly porridge is just something I just cannot eat, but I know a lot of people do and it is a very budget friendly product.)

Lunch
Soup and Toast



Dinner 
Bacon Carbonara
In a pan saute some bacon and onion in some butter. mix up a heaped dessertspoon of cheese sauce mix in 1/4 cup of milk.  Ad to the pan and stir until thickened.  Add in a cup of boiled pasta and mix until the sauce coats the pasta well.  Serve.

A Whole New Challenge

Well the $25 a week challenge has morphed into a $50 per person a fortnight challenge.

I have had quite a few comments saying that people would prefer a fortnightly shopping list as that is how Centrelink is paid.

I do think this will be slightly easier as we can now take advantage of some bulk buying. Hopefully we can start building a bit of a  pantry stockpile.  Once again, for this first week, I have started from scratch.. Any carry over food items will be noted in next fortnight’s budget.

I am looking forward to this next couple of weeks.  I hope you will like what I have come up with.

The shopping list and menu plans are in the Resources section on the right hand side of your page.

 

Week 2- Weekly Wrap Up.

Wow  what a week… Than you so much for all your comments and  encouragement.

This week saw a lot more variety and some red meat.   Looking deeper into the supermarkets, I can see it is difficult to incorporate red meat into a stand alone $25 per week budget  🙁   
I know I am particularly blessed to live in an area where we have lots of quality bulk butchers around us.  Consequently we eat lots of red meat at a budget price… we are most definitely carnivores here 🙂

For those of you following who may be near the Sunshine Coast, we actually travel down to Morayfield once every 3 months or so to Meat City and stock our freezer.
We are due to go possibly next weekend, so I will do a post showing what we buy.


I have had some questions that I will answer..

I can’t buy the items at my supermarket for the prices you list. How can I stick to $25?
I have priced all items from Woolworths Currimundi on the Sunshine Coast in Qld.
I realise that some items will be priced differently in other areas.  In many cases you may be able to get items (especially fresh items) even cheaper that I have done from Woolworths.
Even if your area is more expensive, the shopping list should still be a budget shop.  Don’t be to concerned if my $25 basket costs you even $30.  These plans are not meant to be followed religiously.  If you get the basics from my plans and can now afford add some ice-cream, chocolate and luxury items,,GREAT!!!! 

You have not listed snacks or drinks, what are you having?
I am a tea drinker and have 5 or 6 cups of tea with milk but no sugar everyday.
This amount of tea means I go through a full 2 litres of milk every week. I also drink 2 liters of water most days.  I have an old 2L cordial bottle on my desk at work and do try to get through it each day.

I am not normally a snacker, but I have bought the 57c packet of wafer biscuits each week and have had one or two with a cup of tea after dinner.  There are 14 in the pack and I can recommend them as a really nice little snack.

Are you really having that many eggs?
Eggs have been my “go to” breakfast since I was a child.  I really don’t like cereal and find if I do not have a protein breakfast, I will feel headachy and hungry by 10:00 or so.
I do often have baked beans as well and will often make a pot of beans and add chopped onion and bacon to the beans.    Eggs to me are breakfast though and I don’t usually have them as a quick dinner like a lot of people do.  Generally the only time eggs show up outside of breakfast is in a burger or maybe a caesar salad.


You don’t have any fruit.
I am not normally a fruit eater. I do not have much of a sweet tooth.  We do eat a lot of vegetables and rarely have dessert.  I was quite surprised to see the prices of fruit while shopping and realise that fruit is a luxury item for many 🙁


So what is next??
I have devised 3 more stand alone $25 per week menus that will be in the resources section on the right hand side of this blog.


I may do some more stand alone menus in time, but now I will concentrate on fortnightly menus at under $50.  Why?  It has mentioned by many that Centrelink pays fortnightly so it makes sense to have a fortnightly shopping list.  This will allow for a stockpile of ingredients to begin as well.  

These $50 menus will be in 6-8 week blocks which should allow for ingredients to be used up.    

I think this style of shopping is closer to real life, while still aiming for my goal of proving that you CAN feed yourself on just $25 per week.

So, please, keep following me and we will see how we go 🙂










Week 2 – Friday

YAY!!!   Friday….

Easier day today meal wise as a lot of the prep has been done earlier in the week.

Breakfast
Poached Eggs on Toast

Lunch
Leftover Chicken and Rice from earlier in the week.
I had this in the freezer and just took to work and microwaved until hot



Dinner
Meat Pie
Back on Wednesday, I cooked up the last of the mince.
That night I made the rissoles for dinner, the meat patty for Thursday’s Burger and
the mince mixture for my pie for tonight.
I figured it was easier to just chop the last of my onion and use up the tomato and have everything ready to go.
It proved a good thing as I had tonight’s pie on the table in about 15 minutes.


I had originally planned on doing some chips, but decided to mash all the potato last night and used half under the chicken casserole yesterday and topped my pie with the other half today.

Here is the pie step by step.
Make the mice mixture.  Lay a piece of buttered bread in a pie dish,  fill,  top with mashed potato, top with a bit of butter, bake until the mash is golden and the pie is hot through.
Serve with gravy.  Enjoy!!  Yummm





Week 2 – Thursday.

Sorry people…  Life and work got in the way.  
Anyway…some new posts coming up for you..  🙂

Breakfast:
Baked Beans on Toast and Tea

Lunch:
Burger
Meat patty on toast  spread with a tablespoon of tomato from
your tinned tomato, add grated carrot, salad leaves and an egg.



Dinner:
Chicken Casserole.
In a pan seal some chicken pieces in butter along with carrot and onion
Add in 1/4 can of tinned tomato and simmer until the chicken is cooked
through and the carrot tender.  In the last few minutes, add in some broccoli
pieces.  You don’t want them to go to mush 🙂

Serve on a bed of mashed potato.

 

Week 2 – Wednesday

Check back tomorrow for next week’s meal plan.  
Menu Plan for the day…

Breakfast
Scrambled Eggs on Toast

Lunch
Cheese Salad Sandwich

Dinner
Beef Rissoles with  Vege with Gravy
I have used the last of the mince today.  (I also cooked up the mince for my pie for later in the week, but more about that in the coming days)
After adding a chopped onion and a tablespoon of tinned tomato to the mince, I formed 3 rissoles.
Two of the rissoles I had for dinner and I flattened the 3rd one to make a hamburger patty for my lunch tomorrow.  I put the small potato in the bottom of my steamer, and in the steamer basket went broccoli and carrot.  Serve the meal up with a drizzle of gravy.

 

Week 2 – Tuesday

Nice meals today 🙂  I am liking this way of eating.  Simple, clean food without too much fuss.  Cooking is a breeze, with any meal taking no more than 15- 20 minutes to serve up. Creative thinking has seen me have more variety that I thought I would.  I have a couple of good ideas to come in the coming weeks, so stay tuned 🙂

Today saw me feasting on:  
Breakfast
Baked beans on buttered toast
Cup of tea and milk

Lunch
Egg and Salad sandwich
Cup of tea and milk

Dinner
Diced chicken and onion browned off in butter, before adding a packet of “Chicken and Vege Rice” and cooking as per instructions. I also added some diced carrot and some broccoli florets as the rice was cooking.
I was, again, impressed with the taste of these packets.  I am looking forward to having the leftover half of this meal for lunch in a few days.


 

Week 2 – Monday



Arrrgh!!!   Disaster.. Well no not really.
I went to look for the picture of the really delicious filled potato that I had for dinner last night and my phone has eaten it.  sigh..the price of technology.  

Menu today..

Breakfast
Poached eggs on toast

Lunch
Leftover Stroganoff

Dinner
Baked Spud 
Cut a large potato in half and bake or microwave it until tender.
While the potato is cooking, fry off mince and diced onion in a pan over medium heat.
When the mince is cooked, add a good tablespoon of baked beans and a few shredded spinach leaves.
allow the spinach to wilt .

Hollow out the potato with a spoon ad add the inner potato flesh to the mince mixture.  Mix everything together gently so the beans don’t break up.  Spoon the mince mixture back into the potato shell.  I use a ring of alfoil to hold the shell steady.

Top with cheese ( I used a 1/2 slice) and return to the oven until the cheese melts.  Serve with a salad and a spoon of tinned tomato as a dressing/sauce

Note the photo of the spud is a copied photo not my actual spud

 

 

Week 2 – Sunday

I have a confession to make today.  It is Fathers Day and we are going to visit the family for lunch today.  I had  baked beans for breakfast, then baked the quiche with dinner and will have the quiche for breakfast tomorrow.  I will show the menu plan as having quiche for lunch though.  Does that make sense?  🙂

Breakfast:
Baked Beans on Toast

Lunch:
Vegetable Quiche
In a single serve pie dish, place one piece of bread buttered on both sides.
Dice onion, carrot and broccoli into very small pieces and either steam. boil or microwave until just tender.
Break one egg into a cup and add enough milk to bring the volume to 1/2 cup, mix well.
In a jug, stir well to combine the vegetables, egg mix and 1 slice of cheese ( crumbled ).
Pour over the bread and bake in a 180 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until set. 

Dinner:
Roast Chicken Dinner
Who would have guessed a roast dinner on just $25.00 food budget?  
Chicken pieces roast well and are cheap so why not.

In a small ovenproof dish place a piece of chicken (I have a thigh) on top of  a quartered carrot,
add a small potato which has been cut in half ( or quarters if you have a larger potato)  Place a few dobs of butter on the chicken and potatoes. Roast in a 180 degree oven for around 30 mins until the chicken is cooked through and the potato tender.   
While the chicken is roasting, dice 1/4 of an onion and fry off in a bit of butter, when the onions start changing colour and go translucent, add a dessert spoon of gravy powder and enough water to make a gravy to whatever constituency you fancy.
Serve up your roast chicken, carrot and potato along with a couple of steamed broccoli florets and spoon over the gravy.  Enjoy!!



Week 2 – Saturday

Here we are again for a new week.  I do appreciate the positive feedback I am receiving for this challenge.  It is certainly making me look at the supermarket shelves in a whole new way.  Some of the aisles are ones I have not really ventured up for years.

One comment I received was the the packet pasta and rice was a very expensive way to buy a cheap item.  I agreed, but then thought about it for a while and priced out stroganoff made form scratch vs the packet mix.

Pasta 1 cup (1/5 65c packet) 13c
Onion I small 10c ( if buying at $1 kg)
Mushroom. 30c. ($10kg)
Butter, garlic, parsley, cornflour. Approx 30c
400g of milk 40c

Total $1.13

So all up the $1.49 (which was actually only $1 as they were 3 for $3 this week ) plus 25c for a cup of milk plus 3/4 cup of water to make it up is not too bad. 
It is even cheaper than my usual way which uses half milk and half cream

When husband and I looked at this we have decided to look at these sachets more often when we travel. It was very tasty BTW


On the menu today we have…
Breakfast:
A souffle omelette made with 2 eggs, about a tablespoon of chopped onion and 1/2 slice of cheese.  Once cooked up in a bit of butter, I served it up with a couple of tablespoons of tinned tomato and a few salad leaves.  A very satisfying start to a weekend 🙂

Lunch:
“Pizza”
A piece of toast spread with tinned tomato, about 50g of mince and onion fried up in butter and topped with 1/2 slice of cheese.  Note that I have had to “crumble” the cheese slice rather than having grated cheese.  Under the grill to melt the cheese and heat it through.

Dinner:
Meatball Stroganoff
100g of mince was mixed with a tablespoon of onion and a tablespoon of tinned tomato (try not to get too much juice, you really want pulp only) and worked into tiny little meatballs about the size of a marble (roughly 10-15mm across).
These were fried off in butter.  Once cooked, remove them from the pan and set aside to rest.  In the same pan make up the pasta mix as instructed.  As the sachet I have is Chicken, Mushroom and Garlic, I added a good heaped teaspoon of gravy mix to make it a bit “beefier”  Stirring until the sauce thickens, add back the meatballs and continue to simmer until the meatballs are heated through.   Serve with a few salad leaves.  Note this makes 2 full serves, so keep half for lunch in a few days.


I have also bought another packet of the wafer biscuits for a snack with a cup of tea at either afternoon tea or after dinner.


 

Week 2 – Shopping

Imagine for a moment you have nothing in the kitchen,

 

no pantry staples, no extras…nothing.  Could you feed 

 

yourself a varied and healthy(ish) diet for one week with 

 

just $25.00 ?  Follow my trials to see how I do.

 


The shopping list for this weeks menu plan came in at $24.98

There is no plain dried pasta this week!!  I have managed to buy some fresh vegetables.  I took advantage of the “odd bunch” of carrots and bought a full kilogram of carrots for just 98c.  Sadly, though iceberg lettuce had jumped in price from $1.50 last week to $2.00 this week 🙁 so instead of being able to have a full lettuce, I was again only able to buy a handful of mixed leaves. A couple of potatoes, onions and a head of broccoli will see me eating fresh vegetables this week.  I have also bought a tin of tomatoes that is basically being used as a sauce this week.


In the rice and pasta aisle, I spotted these meal bases and thought they would be a nice change from plain pasta and will provide some tasty herb/spice flavours.  I have a Chicken Rice and a Mushroom and Garlic Pasta.  As these serve 4 as a side dish , I am anticipating dinners and lunch leftovers.    A 99c sachet of gravy mix will also help to add some extra flavouring.

I was determined to include some beef mince this week. Woolworths has their regular mince for $5.99 per kilo,  I was able to buy a tray for $2.59.  I have been creative and will use this mince in a number of ways to create different dishes.

A tin of baked beans will mean an alternative to eggs every morning, and will also be used as an ingredient in my Baked Potato later in the week.

To trim the budget by a few cents, I have chosen UHT milk at 95c a litre. When the budget is this slim, those 10c make a difference 🙂    I could have trimmed the budget even further by choosing 85c white bread over the $1.50 multi grain, but I think the nutritional value of the multigrain is worth the extra.    I have also chosen to buy just 3 slices of “real” cheese rather than the processed cheese from last week.  This was expensive at $15.99/kg, but I think the flavour will be worth it.

 

Tea $             1.99
Eggs $             2.79
Milk $             1.90
Bread $             1.50
Baked Beans $             0.65
Potato $             1.34
Carrot $             0.98
Onion $             0.47
Lettuce Mix $             1.05
Broccoli $             0.96
Mince $             2.59
Chicken Thighs $             1.39
Wafer Biscuits $             0.57
Rice/Pasta $             2.98
Cheese $             0.85
Gravy $             0.99
Tinned Tomato $             0.59
Butter $             1.39
Total $           24.98
This blog is not intended to be a serious food plan. It is for entertainment purposes.       No responsibility is taken for any issues caused if you choose to follow the listed meal plans.

Weekly Wrap-Up Week 1

Well what a week. !!

I proved to myself that it IS actually possible to feed yourself on just $25.00 per week.

I must admit though that I need a bit more variety in meal choices than pasta every day.

I have not starved, in fact I have food left over. I have 9 teabags left , a full bag of pasta, 1/2 bag of mixed vege and 2 slices of cheese. Now that is not necessarily a good thing. It probably means I had too much pasta and not enough vege for each meal.
Each of the meals was 1 cup of each. The Kj count must be ok though as I have not lost any significant weight so I am happy that this week’s meal plan is reasonably healthy and most definitely filling.


Being on such a tight budget is definitely a challenge and you do have to be creative.  For the second week I have tried to incorporate some fresh vegetables and some red meat, even if it is only mince. the other challenge is to bring in some spice & herb flavours.  By investigating the sachets in the spice aisle of the supermarket, I have come up with some interesting ideas to use in coming weeks menus.

I have been asked to do a number of variations on this $25 per week theme. More than a few people have suggested a 2 week plan of under $50, as centrelink pensions and benefits are paid fortnightly.

I have made a decision to expand this to include a number of stand alone $25.00 menus for one, which I will price out for 2 people as well.  I will also be creating some under $50 a fortnight stand alone menus, also priced out for 2.

These stand alone menus plans are meant to be just that..Stand Alone.. They do not require any pantry items or bulk pricing.  Just the amount of money allotted.
These menu plans might be useful for people starting from scratch, or even when on holiday and staying in a self contained apartment.


As well as these stand alone menus, I will create some 10-12 week “blocks”.  These plans will include some bulk buying, where ingredients will be carried over for use in a following menu.

Thank you to all those who have given me feedback this week.  I look forward to where this journey will take me next 🙂




Friday – Day 7

Here we are the end of the first week.

 
On the menu today we have…
 
Breakfast
2 x poached eggs on toast
 
Lunch
A cheese and salad sandwich
 
Dinner 
A “Bacon Burger” made with the crusts of the loaf of bread, cheese egg bacon and a tablespoon or so of tinned tomato.  I should have kept a few salad leaves for this too, but did not think of it.
 
 

Week 2.. Starting again 🙂

I am enjoying this challenge.  

Here is my shopping list and menu plan for Week 2.  There is a bit more variety this week.
I hope you will follow along with me again next week.  Stay tuned for the update after I shop when I will update the list with the actual amount spent.

 

Thursday – Day 6

On the menu today…
Breakfast 
2 eggs scrambled with a cup of mixed vege that I heated through in the microwave before adding to the pan.  Served on hot buttered toast and a cup of tea.

Lunch
A cheese and salad ( spinach, carrot and cucumber) 
This was a busy lunch at my desk today 🙁  Not sure I even managed a cup of tea until later in the day.
I keep a bottle of water on my desk so am always sipping away.

Dinner
Pasta with 1 cup of mixed vege and the last of the tin of tomatoes (although I have kept a couple of tablespoons aside for my Bacon sandwich for Friday night’s dinner)  I topped the whole lot with most of the bacon I have left, again keeping a few pieces for dinner on Friday,

Wednesday – Day 5

On the menu today we have:

Breakfast;
Bacon and Egg on toast ( the same as Monday hence the copied photo)
and the ever present cup of tea 🙂

Lunch:
Tuna with pasta, beans and tomato

Dinner:
Chicken,  pasta and vege in soup sauce


Today’s cooking prep was easy.  While my breakfast was cooking I boiled up a cup of pasta ready for lunch at work.  Once cooked, I put the pasta in a microwave container along with the second half of my tuna, the last 1/3 of can of bean mix and 1/3 can of tomatoes.  It all got “nuked” at lunchtime.

For dinner
Start with a drumstick cut off the bone and cut into bite size pieces.
In a pan over medium heat, brown the meat off in a bit of butter.
Once browned,take the chicken pieces out of the ban and keep aside

Add 1.5 cups of water and a sachet of soup mix to the pan along with a cup of mixed vege and a cup of dried pasta.
Gently scrape up any chicken bits that are stuck to the pan.
Simmer gently until the pasta is cooked and the soup reduces to a nice thick sauce.
Add the chicken pieces back to the pan and heat through well.
Serve


People have been asking if I am hungry.  
The answer is NO.  If anything I feel a bit bloated. I put this down to the amount of bread and pasta. ( I am not going to be able to eat all the pasta)  
The menu plan for next week (which I will post on Friday after I shop ) has a lot less pasta and more variety of meals.

Tuesday – Day 4

Another work day.

The menu today is:

Breakfast:
2 x poached eggs on hot buttered toast
and of course the ever present cup of Tea 🙂
( I am MOST impressed with myself that I managed to get my eggs onto the toast without breaking them.  I was expecting to destroy them because I needed to take a picture 🙂

Lunch:
1 x Cheese sandwich (which I toasted)
Cup of Soup.  
(I am actually pleasantly surprised with this home brand soup.  I would not ordinarily buy this as they have been, in the past, far to salty and without flavour for me.  I was planning on using some of my milk to add to the cup, but have not needed to.  Don’t get me wrong they are still a sachet of artificial colours and flavouring, but they are adequate for a “sometimes” food and are quite satisfying.)

Snack
2 x Wafer biscuits  
Cup of Tea with milk

Dinner
Pasta boiled with a cup of mixed vege, stir through 1/3 can of diced tomato, top with cheese and grill until the cheese is melted.   Who doesn’t LOVE melty cheese  mmmmm 🙂


 

Monday – Day 3

Back to work today 🙁

The fact that I remembered to take my lunch to work is a miracle in itself. We have a well stocked kitchen at work  with a lot of leftover meals in the freezer. So lunch is usually “something” from the freezer heated through in the microwave.

On the menu today we had:
Breakfast
Bacon and eggs fried in a little butter. Serve on top of buttered toast
Sprinkle with a little bit of chopped spinach leaves to make it look pretty !!
Team with a cuppa and you have the perfect start to the day 

Lunch:
1 x Salad sandwich
1 x Cheese sandwich (which I toasted)
Cup of Tea with milk

Snack
2 x Wafer biscuits 
Cup of Tea with milk

Dinner
Chicken on a bed of beans and tomato

Chicken on a bed of beans and tomato
In a pan, heat some butter and gently fry a piece of chicken until cooked through and golden brown. ( I removed the bone from one of my drumsticks and made a “fillet”)
Remove chicken from the pan and keep warm
Pour 1/3 can of diced tomato into the pan the chicken was cooked in.
Stir well scraping up all the ” chickeny” bits off the bottom of the pan.
Add 1/3 can 3 bean mix and simmer until everything is hot and the sauce reduces slightly.

Slice the chicken into pieces and place on top of the tomato and bean mix.

 

Sunday – Day 2

Woke up to grey skies, so a lazy Sunday is in order today.

Breakfast is two eggs scrambled on top of hot buttered toast. ( I added a couple of spinach leaves just to “MasterChef” it up.  🙂   Along with a cup of tea, it is a good start to the day.




Simple lunch of “Pizza” and a cup-a-soup.
“Pizza” is a piece of bread toasted on one side only to create crisp base.  If your toaster cannot take a double piece of toast, you can toast the bread on one side in a frying pan.

Saturday.. Day 1

Today is the beginning the meal plan.  I am excited 🙂

I have made a couple of decisions to aid me in making sure everything lasts the week.

I will measure out out 300ml of milk to use each day.  Now, my math tells me that 7 x 300ml is 2.1L and of course I only have 2L, so the sneaky plan is to take out 100ml of milk from the carton, top it back up with 100ml of water.  Voila!! 2.Ll of milk that you cannot taste any difference with.

I have put 7 teabags out near the kettle and will keep track of how many cups of tea I have.

I have put my block of butter in a separate tub and my husband is under instructions that it is MINE!!!    I chose to use salted butter over margarine for a couple of reasons.  Firstly margarine is just a horrid chemical filled concoction that I cannot justify putting into my body if I have a choice.  Secondly, I can use butter to cook with as well as using as just a sandwich spread. Thirdly, I chose to use salted butter as I do not have any added salt to add to my meals, so this will help add a little more flavour. (not that I use a lot of salt anyway)


Here is the outcome of today’s meals…

On the menu today is..
Breakfast
2 egg omelette with bacon
Cup of tea with milk
Lunch
Cheese and Salad sandwich on multi grain bread
Cup of tea with milk
Snack
2 Wafer biscuits
Cup of tea with milk.
Dinner
Pasta with Tomato, beans and cheese.
Cup of tea with milk

 
2 Egg and Bacon Soufflé Omelette
  • 2 Eggs (Separated)
  • Small Rasher of Bacon Diced
  • Butter for frying.
In a clean bowl, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks.

 

Meanwhile, lightly fry the bacon until just cooked.  In a separate bowl combine the egg yolks and lightly cooked bacon.  

 

Gently fold the egg yolk and bacon mixture into the egg whites, being careful not to knock out too much air.
Fry gently in butter to each side until golden brown and the egg it set.
 

Lunch time saw me portioning out my salad veges in preparation for salad sandwiches through the week.  I thought to get the most from the little cucumber and carrot, I made strips of cucumber with a potato peeler and grate the carrot.  Mixed with the spinach leaves it certainly did provide a more than adequate filling for my sandwich.

 
 

Afternoon tea was a surprisingly good snack of two chocolate wafer biscuits and a cup of tea.  

Week 1 shop…Under Budget 🙂

Here is the update of my shop.


You may notice the column labeled “Actual (Deemed)”  If a price is in REDthat indicates an item that I have not actually bought because I have the same product already at home.
I had budgeted for Tea Bags @ $2.57, but I took advantage of the special on Nerada tea at $1.99  I have Liptons currently at home, but only because they were on sale a few weeks ago.  My tea varies between Liptons, Bushells and Nerada depending on what is the best special on the day.  So I am happy to deem $1.99 for 50 teabags.
I had also originally budgeted for chicken thighs from the deli ( they had been advertised at $4.99kg)  When I got to the store, I noticed the drumsticks were only $3.98kg so bought 2 of them instead.
 
I was disappointed to see just how expensive fresh produce is in the supermarket.  🙁
There was no Lettuce mix left so I have had to substitute baby spinach leaves to get some fresh green leafy vege into to meals.  I will have to get creative with some vege next week.
Looking around Woolworths I took note of a few options for next weeks shop.   I am hoping to get some Mince to get some red meat into the diet.  I also noticed a Home Brand Lasagne for just $2.27 which might make cheap lunches for 3 days.
I am happy that I have come in under budget. Now the fun begins with actually eating the menu plan.  I now have $25.15 for my budget next week
 
We start with breakfast tomorrow.
 

Week 1 shop…Under Budget 🙂

Here is the update of my shop.


You may notice the column labeled “Actual (Deemed)”  If a price is in REDthat indicates an item that I have not actually bought because I have the same product already at home.
I had budgeted for Tea Bags @ $2.57, but I took advantage of the special on Nerada tea at $1.99  I have Liptons currently at home, but only because they were on sale a few weeks ago.  My tea varies between Liptons, Bushells and Nerada depending on what is the best special on the day.  So I am happy to deem $1.99 for 50 teabags.
I had also originally budgeted for chicken thighs from the deli ( they had been advertised at $4.99kg)  When I got to the store, I noticed the drumsticks were only $3.98kg so bought 2 of them instead.
 
I was disappointed to see just how expensive fresh produce is in the supermarket.  🙁
There was no Lettuce mix left so I have had to substitute baby spinach leaves to get some fresh green leafy vege into to meals.  I will have to get creative with some vege next week.
Looking around Woolworths I took note of a few options for next weeks shop.   I am hoping to get some Mince to get some red meat into the diet.  I also noticed a Home Brand Lasagne for just $2.27 which might make cheap lunches for 3 days.
I am happy that I have come in under budget. Now the fun begins with actually eating the menu plan.  I now have $25.15 for my budget next week

We start with breakfast tomorrow.
 

Week 1 … Shopping List and Menu Plan

Week 1….Shopping List and Menu Plan

After spending the morning on the Woolworth’s Online site to gather pricing information, I have come up with this shopping list and Menu Plan.  


I will update this with actual prices and photos of purchases tomorrow after I have actually done the shop.

Shopping List
Menu Plan 
 
Loading the entire shopping list into Calorie King produced the following nutrition report.
It shows that the kJ count is slightly OVER my ideal.  (52984 vs 50666 ideal) I must admit that sort of surprised me.  I don’t think I will eat all the pasta though, so I am going to guesstimate that my kJ will be pretty close to spot on.   
 
 
 

Stay tuned for the next installment  🙂

Feeding myself on $25.00 per week… Possible??

A post popped up on LifeHacker this week regarding a journo who had pondered the question back in 2010 if he could feed himself for the price of a cup of coffee per day.
The figure he came up with was $25.00 for the week. (Read the original 2010 article here.)

He  revisited this idea as to whether or not he could still do it in 2015.  (read the follow up here.   his conclusion was he could not buy his original basket of food for the $25.00.

That got me thinking…..

Is it possible to feed myself on just $25.00 per week?  At first thought..  I thought not.  My husband and I tend to not buy much food from the supermarket as the prices are much higher than the green grocer and bulk butcher we use.  The staples that we do buy from Woolworths tend to be Home Brand or “Select” brand anyway so the idea of using these cheaper items does not phase me.

After reading the original meal plan, I decided to tweak it see how I got on.  

This blog will follow my journey for one month of $25.00 meal plans.

Firstly…The Rules

  • As per the original article, I will stick to the closest supermarket to our home, making the assumption that someone spending just $25.00 for food would not have a car.        Our local Woolworths centre does not have a green grocers in it, so I will have to buy  F&V from Woolies as well.  Our centre does have a butcher, bread shop and a  chicken shop, so I may use them as an option.
  • No bulk pricing (read the original article as to why)
  • Existing supplies…. I am going to be a little elastic here.    I am going to make a firm menu plan with a detailed shopping list that will be priced out.  BUT  I am not going to buy food that I already have in the house.  It would be silly on my part to “double buy” goods that I already have.   I will photograph everything I buy and use.
  • I am aiming for a  kJ count of 7238 per day which is the figure that Calorie King came up with for a woman of my age, weight and lifestyle.  I will average this out over the week, meaning my total food consumption needs to be around 50666 kJ.
So, please follow me along on this and add your comments and suggestions.

Week 1….Shopping List and Menu Plan

Week 1….Shopping List and Menu Plan

After spending the morning on the Woolworth’s Online site to gather pricing information, I have come up with this shopping list and Menu Plan.  


I will update this with actual prices and photos of purchases tomorrow after I have actually done the shop.

Shopping List


Menu Plan 
 
Loading the entire shopping list into Calorie King produced the following nutrition report.
It shows that the kJ count is slightly OVER my ideal.  (52984 vs 50666 ideal) I must admit that sort of surprised me.  I don’t think I will eat all the pasta though, so I am going to guesstimate that my kJ will be pretty close to spot on.   
 
 
 

Stay tuned for the next installment  🙂


Feeding myself on $25.00 per week… Possible??

A post popped up on LifeHacker this week regarding a journo who had pondered the question back in 2010 if he could feed himself for the price of a cup of coffee per day.
The figure he came up with was $25.00 for the week. (Read the original 2010 article here.)

He  revisited this idea as to whether or not he could still do it in 2015.  (read the follow up here.   his conclusion was he could not buy his original basket of food for the $25.00.

That got me thinking…..

Is it possible to feed myself on just $25.00 per week?  At first thought..  I thought not.  My husband and I tend to not buy much food from the supermarket as the prices are much higher than the green grocer and bulk butcher we use.  The staples that we do buy from Woolworths tend to be Home Brand or “Select” brand anyway so the idea of using these cheaper items does not phase me.

After reading the original meal plan, I decided to tweak it see how I got on.  

This blog series will follow my journey for one month of $25.00 meal plans.

Firstly…The Rules

  • As per the original article, I will stick to the closest supermarket to our home, making the assumption that someone spending just $25.00 for food would not have a car.        Our local Woolworths centre does not have a green grocers in it, so I will have to buy  F&V from Woolies as well.  Our centre does have a butcher, bread shop and a  chicken shop, so I may use them as an option.
  • No bulk pricing (read the original article as to why)
  • Existing supplies…. I am going to be a little elastic here.    I am going to make a firm menu plan with a detailed shopping list that will be priced out.  BUT  I am not going to buy food that I already have in the house.  It would be silly on my part to “double buy” goods that I already have.   I will photograph everything I buy and use.
  • I am aiming for a  kJ count of 7238 per day which is the figure that Calorie King came up with for a woman of my age, weight and lifestyle.  I will average this out over the week, meaning my total food consumption needs to be around 50666 kJ.
So, please follow me along on this and add your comments and suggestions.


Mind Movies

I recently found an awesome site.
http://www.mindmovies.com/
The idea of a mind movie is to take the
humble vision board a step higher.
By making a movie or even a powerpoint presentation
you create a moving visualisation of your desires
and project them to the universe.
By watching my mind movie daily,
wealth, joy and abundance will surely manifest itself.
I hope you enjoy my mind movie

Daily Affirmations

I have found a great app for my phone that gives me positive affirmations everyday.

Master Mind

Today’s is…

 

My potential is unlimited

What does that mean to me?   It means I can and will be whatever I desire.   I need to stop limiting my thoughts based on others.  eg:  I thought I would not be able to travel as much as I desired, because DH is not a great fan of airplanes.   Then I looked up the cost of first class tickets…and guess what, they were not as scary as I had imagined.  When I showed him a first class Singapore Airlines suite. He admitted that would be a lovely way to travel 🙂

who would have thought that is an airplane??

 

I am learning to release my limits by finding out the “How to make it happen” for all my desires.

My potential is unlimited

 

More ACTION

 

More about ACTION

 

I have been doing a far bit of reading about what ACTION means for and Abundant life.

 

I have concluded that Action must be deliberate and considered.

 

Many people point out a duck or swan…sitting calm on the surface but paddling madly underneath.  The analogy seems to mean that active, successful people are actually in a mad turmoil.  I see this as incorrect.

 

If you were actually LOOK at a duck or swan their webbed feet move in a deliberate, considered way.

 

Look at this clip  to see what I mean.

 

I have made a decision this week that I THINK about what I have to do to move towards abundance, and ACT in a purposeful manner to get there.

 

Some examples of what I have done….
I have slowed down…. Rather than running around frantically, I have been making a list each day of what needs doing and just got on with doing it!!  My NOT multi=tasking I am finding that much more is getting done, and , as I cross things off my task list I feel more motivated to keep going.

 

I have taken some time for me too……   On my task list is LUNCH.. way too often I am “too busy” to have lunch and at the end of the day I am cranky, hungry and not in a good place J  By making myself have 30-60 mins just sitting and having a sandwich and a cup of tea ( and getting away from the office and computer screen) , I am refreshed and ready to take on the afternoon.

 

I have looked at my vision board daily and started to live it….On my vision board is a picture of some nice jewellery, my lovely other half pointed out that I already HAVE a heap of nice gold jewellery that I haven’t worn for ages.  So I have been wearing it again.  I feel more abaundant J and “like creates like” so by appreciating what I already have, more will surely follow.

 

What are your Actions towards Abundance???
I think there is something, more important than believing: Action! The world is full of dreamers, there aren’t enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.
– W. Clement Stone –

 

Action !!!

Action!!
I have been listening to Bob Proctor’s “Success Principles” CD’s this week.
I will share with you the lesson of ACTION!!
As Bob points out in this lesson, we cannot have the abundance we seek without action.  We need to have the idea and the vision – but without Action it is not going to happen.
How often do you hear “If only I could win lotto” or  “If I just had a better job” etc etc etc.  BUT do these people take action to move towards their goals??  9 times out of 10 the answer is no.  Fear and Doubt stop them from being open to the idea that their vision will actually happen..so the lotto ticket doesn’t get bought, the resume’s don’t get sent and life just stays the same.

Focus on your vision…what actions do you need to put in place to allow the abundance to enter your life.  Take action now. 

Some of my actions have been to create my vision boards and place them where I can see them each and every day..I have even made the wallpaper of my phone my vision board.  Sure it is a little hard to make out all the details, but just a glance and I know what it is and what is on it in detail.

Reality Check

Once in a while the universe will give you a serious reality check.

This week the universe made me realize that I am truly blessed with
a life at all.

After returning from a memorial service for a young friend of ours who
sadly passed away at just 29,  I turned on the TV and was “channel surfing”
when I landed on Oprah .  She was talking to an ex-model who said…

“ Aging is a privilege not a birthright.”
What a powerful message…..
My  invitation to abundance today is for personal relationships.
I will nurture friendships and family  and the love I give out returns to me multiplied

Knowing what my Abundance looks like…In detail

How can I invite abundance if I don’t know EXACTLY what I want.??
Today’s post comes about from a discussion with my husband about abundance.
When I asked him what  Abundance meant to him he answered “Winning Lotto”
This is how the conversation went…..
Me:  Great why?
Him:  Because I would have a million dollars.
Me: What for?
Him:  For whatever I want. (getting cranky now)
Me:  What do you want?
Him:  I don’t know….a million dollars
Me:  But what would you do with it- what would you do
        – what would you buy?
Him:  Whatever I want.
Shortly after this…I gave up J  

LOTS of people do this…have the wish for “something more” but don’t know what  that “something” is.  Why??   I think it is the point I made earlier about believing you deserve abundance.  My Husband doesn’t actually believe he will ever win Lotto because “People like him don’t win Lotto” so of course he doesn’t.

I KNOW what my abundance looks like. (Made real by my vision board) 
I have decided that I am going to create many vision boards –one for the big things and kind of like a  “sub-boards” off the main board.    For example…on my board is a wish to redecorate our unit.   I am creating a separate board with the things I see for our unit…the furniture, the appliances the linen on the bed. 

This will help further manifest the abundance I want.

Today’s mantra….I can have my abundance in detail. I can see, taste and feel it all around me.

Making the vision real.

Following on from yesterday’s post about belief,  I find that a vision board helps me focus on how I imagine my abundance and helps me truly believe in what I am inviting.

I have been making “vision boards” in some form for years before i knew what they were.  My school diaries were littered with pictures of things I dreamt about.  Whether it was a cute new top or my first little bomb of a car.

My current vision board has not been updated in quite some time and to my surprise I have found that pretty well achieved everything on that board.  This may explain why I have been flat and feeling without purpose for the past 6 months or so….. I have not invited anything new into my abundance. of course I know i should not be surprised…because that is what vision boards do, they are a concrete, focused way of inviting your dreams.

So my mission today (and the next few days) is to complete an update to my vision board and focus on my dreams.
Abundance will come and my vision board is the material invitation of my dreams.

I deserve abundance and believe I will be abundant.

Today’s mantra is BELIEF I read an article recently that said…

“In order to receive we have to feel that we deserve to receive”

This got me thinking…do I really believe that I deserve true abundance??
I ( like a lot of people) have had friends and family that have tried to squash
my dreams and aspirations. After a few decades this is bound to sink in and
affect the psyche.
How to break the cycle of limiting one’s own dreams??

To affect lasting change in our feelings of worthiness we must allow ourselves to connect with our essential self, that knows beyond all and every doubt that we are deserving of the very best at all times. We must also be ruthlessly honest with ourselves recognising and admitting when we are behaving against our better judgement to seek approval from others or when we are betraying ourselves by giving too much credence to the limiting voices of self judgement in our heads.

My mission today is to re-affirm to myself that I truly deserve the abundance I
am inviting.

I AM worthy and I believe that abundance will come. “The thing always happens that you really believe in and the belief in a thing makes it happen” – Frank Lloyd Wright

 

abundance

What is “Abundance”

That is the loaded question 🙂 According to the dictionary…
.–noun
1. an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply: an abundance of grain.
2. overflowing fullness: abundance of the heart.
3. affluence; wealth: the enjoyment of abundance.
For the purposes of this blog, my “abundance” is to have an abundant life. I am inviting an abundance of love ,wealth and happiness.
I am starting by giving thanks for the abundance i already have.

Thank You for great friends and wonderful family
Thank You for a business which is growing and will provide the abundance i am inviting.
Thank You for a perfect location to live and be abundant in.

Today I invite abundance…..