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    Another thread is flagging up stats like 69% of kids are going to school hungry which seems excessive.

    So here is a challenge for people.

    Design a menu that will feed a family of 4 for day for €10 / €70 a week that includes a reasonable selection of meats / vegetables which ensures people don't go hungry and family have a cooked meal every evening.

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    I can do a dinner a day for 6 for a tenner..have been doing so for years...!!
    Not sure I could do a tenner a day for all the food...(have 3 teens.. )
    When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity.

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    Feed a family on 20 quid uk a week....

    From Feed a family of four for £20 a week challenge - Page 2 - MoneySavingExpert.com Forums


    Week 2l
    Carried over from week 1 is
    Mayonaisse, salt, Plain flour, 2x cheese sauces, lemon curd, 5 stock cubes. 1.5kg of potatoes, gravy granuales and 400g of rice and spread.
    Shopping list- All from Mrt unless stated.
    500g of Cornflakes 31p
    Creamfields milk 2l x 2 £2.00
    500g dried mixed fruit 64p
    Wholemeal loaf 47p
    1 small fresh chicken whole £2.39 at Aldi
    Mixed veg frozen 1kg 75p
    Mixed herbs 19p
    Potatoes 5kg £1.78
    Coleslaw 500g 39p
    12pk bread rolls 35p
    15pk eggs £1.25
    Sweetcorn tinned 33p
    Custard 6p
    Tinned peaches 29p
    Tin tuna 49p
    Tinned pineapple x2 64p
    1kg of frozen sausages 20pk £1
    Pasta 30p 500g
    Stuffing 15p.
    Tin of kidney beansx2 36p
    6x tins of mushy peas 24p
    Cooking bacon 74p
    Tinned grapefruit 34p
    Rice 1kg 40p
    Rice pudding 12p
    Tin of carrots 18p
    Frozen broccoli 80p
    Cooking onions £1.00
    Cheese 100g from the deli grove valley 48p
    Yoghurts x4 33p
    Lemon squash 32p
    Tea bags 27p
    Bananas 1kg 68p
    8pk of tesco goodness apples £1.00
    Sultananas 84p
    Total £19.75 so put in another 2 packets of stock cubes to start building up supplies.

    Breakfasts.
    Cornflakes with mixed dried fruit and milk for 4 days.
    Lemon curd pancakes on the other 3 days. Make the batter up with plain flour, a touch of salt and an egg and a splash of milk.

    Lunches.
    Day 1, Egg mayonaisse with sweetcorn rolls. Followed by peaches with custard.

    Day 2, Jacket potato with coleslaw.

    Day 3, Left over chicken & sweetcorn mayonaisse on jacket potato.

    Day 4, Bacon and pea soup with a roll.

    Day 5, Bacon and pea soup with croutons made out of 1 slice of bread. Grapefruit for afters.

    Day 6, Chicken and vegetable soup. This time made out of the carcass of the full chicken that is left. Rest of the method is the same but the luxury of a pinch of mixed herbs this time as well

    Day 7, Kidney bean pasta.

    Dinners
    Day 1, Roast chicken with stuffing, home made yorshires and a tin of carrots and broccoli and roast potatoes. Roast the full chicken but just use the 2 legs and 1 breast.
    Pineapple and custard to follow.

    Day 2, Chicken pie, made with left over chicken breast, mixed veg and gravy. Make the pastry by mixing spread and flour with a pinch of salt and a dash of water to mix. Serve with peas. The rest of the chicken meat pull of for lunch on day 3. Keep the carcass in the freezer ready for lunch day 6.

    Day 3, Tuna pasta bake. Mix the tin of tuna with a cheese sauce mix and broccoli.

    Day 4, Bacon hash. 1/2 pkt of bacon, the last of last weeks potatoes cut in to disks, 2x onions roughly sliced. Layer up, top with 50g of cheese and serve with broccoli.

    Day 5, Sausage, egg and chips with a slice of bread and spread. Use 4 sausages for this. Follow with pineapple.

    Day 6, Veggie burgers made from the remaining mixed veg, two slices of bread as bread crumbs and some stuffing mix for extra flavour. Serve with kidney beans and rice.

    Day 7, Make some pastry as before. Roll out in to a flan tin. Fill with 5 eggs, some bacon and an onion, add some cheese 50g with a pinch of salt and dash of milk. Serve with the remaining coleslaw.

    There is plenty of fruit, yoghurts and dried fruit for snacks. And a lot more can carry over until the following week. Sausages as an example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asset test View Post
    Feed a family on 20 quid uk a week....

    From Feed a family of four for £20 a week challenge - Page 2 - MoneySavingExpert.com Forums


    Week 2l
    Carried over from week 1 is
    Mayonaisse, salt, Plain flour, 2x cheese sauces, lemon curd, 5 stock cubes. 1.5kg of potatoes, gravy granuales and 400g of rice and spread.
    Shopping list- All from Mrt unless stated.
    500g of Cornflakes 31p
    Creamfields milk 2l x 2 £2.00
    500g dried mixed fruit 64p
    Wholemeal loaf 47p
    1 small fresh chicken whole £2.39 at Aldi
    Mixed veg frozen 1kg 75p
    Mixed herbs 19p
    Potatoes 5kg £1.78
    Coleslaw 500g 39p
    12pk bread rolls 35p
    15pk eggs £1.25
    Sweetcorn tinned 33p
    Custard 6p
    Tinned peaches 29p
    Tin tuna 49p
    Tinned pineapple x2 64p
    1kg of frozen sausages 20pk £1
    Pasta 30p 500g
    Stuffing 15p.
    Tin of kidney beansx2 36p
    6x tins of mushy peas 24p
    Cooking bacon 74p
    Tinned grapefruit 34p
    Rice 1kg 40p
    Rice pudding 12p
    Tin of carrots 18p
    Frozen broccoli 80p
    Cooking onions £1.00
    Cheese 100g from the deli grove valley 48p
    Yoghurts x4 33p
    Lemon squash 32p
    Tea bags 27p
    Bananas 1kg 68p
    8pk of tesco goodness apples £1.00
    Sultananas 84p
    Total £19.75 so put in another 2 packets of stock cubes to start building up supplies.

    Breakfasts.
    Cornflakes with mixed dried fruit and milk for 4 days.
    Lemon curd pancakes on the other 3 days. Make the batter up with plain flour, a touch of salt and an egg and a splash of milk.

    Lunches.
    Day 1, Egg mayonaisse with sweetcorn rolls. Followed by peaches with custard.

    Day 2, Jacket potato with coleslaw.

    Day 3, Left over chicken & sweetcorn mayonaisse on jacket potato.

    Day 4, Bacon and pea soup with a roll.

    Day 5, Bacon and pea soup with croutons made out of 1 slice of bread. Grapefruit for afters.

    Day 6, Chicken and vegetable soup. This time made out of the carcass of the full chicken that is left. Rest of the method is the same but the luxury of a pinch of mixed herbs this time as well

    Day 7, Kidney bean pasta.

    Dinners
    Day 1, Roast chicken with stuffing, home made yorshires and a tin of carrots and broccoli and roast potatoes. Roast the full chicken but just use the 2 legs and 1 breast.
    Pineapple and custard to follow.

    Day 2, Chicken pie, made with left over chicken breast, mixed veg and gravy. Make the pastry by mixing spread and flour with a pinch of salt and a dash of water to mix. Serve with peas. The rest of the chicken meat pull of for lunch on day 3. Keep the carcass in the freezer ready for lunch day 6.

    Day 3, Tuna pasta bake. Mix the tin of tuna with a cheese sauce mix and broccoli.

    Day 4, Bacon hash. 1/2 pkt of bacon, the last of last weeks potatoes cut in to disks, 2x onions roughly sliced. Layer up, top with 50g of cheese and serve with broccoli.

    Day 5, Sausage, egg and chips with a slice of bread and spread. Use 4 sausages for this. Follow with pineapple.

    Day 6, Veggie burgers made from the remaining mixed veg, two slices of bread as bread crumbs and some stuffing mix for extra flavour. Serve with kidney beans and rice.

    Day 7, Make some pastry as before. Roll out in to a flan tin. Fill with 5 eggs, some bacon and an onion, add some cheese 50g with a pinch of salt and dash of milk. Serve with the remaining coleslaw.

    There is plenty of fruit, yoghurts and dried fruit for snacks. And a lot more can carry over until the following week. Sausages as an example.
    The cost of food in the UK is much lower than Ireland. You'll get a lot more for £20 in a UK supermarket than you would for €25 in an Irish one.
    Happiness is a dry martini and a good woman … or a bad woman.
    –George Burns

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    I know this is meant as a rhetorical question rather than a real one. But the reality is that a lot of people are in bad shape. So the actual answer is
    1) Oatmeal porridge for breakfast

    2) Spuds and butter for midday... just like the old Irish... lots of nutriments in it

    3) For the evening meal something exotic... like cornflakes... No keep that for Sundays
    the other cheapie... pasta and tomatoes in season.

    For sunday maybe pound of bacon and some cabbage. You have to have your greens.

    The south americas go in for bean and rice a lot... supposed to be cheap and healthy.

    trimmings such as cream with the porridge... veggies or an boiled egg with the spuds,
    parmesan with the spagetti... wait till after the budget and I'll give my verdict.
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    Thks asset...they dont do veggie burgers...and neither does Spidey dad..and they've gone right off quiche!!


    Fav dinner is still mash,sausages and a fried egg on top!!

    Occasional though...as I know its not exactly the most nutritionally sound!!

    They forgot homemade pizza as well!!...(which is great for leftover anything) and is regarded as a treat.


    And no more tuna pasta bake...(unless spidey dad away...he's absolutely had enough of that one too!!)
    When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity.

    ALBERT EINSTEIN

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    Quote Originally Posted by CookieMonster View Post
    The cost of food in the UK is much lower than Ireland. You'll get a lot more for £20 in a UK supermarket than you would for €25 in an Irish one.
    Yes true, I did mean to mention that, but forgot before I hit the button.

    But still, ideas are there.

    I read that site sometimes with my mouth open, the lengths some will go to save money.

    I think some of it is because they are genuinely strapped, and some is total frugality handed down from the wartime make do and mend generation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CookieMonster View Post
    The cost of food in the UK is much lower than Ireland. You'll get a lot more for £20 in a UK supermarket than you would for €25 in an Irish one.
    You must be shopping in tescos.....plently of bargains to be had, espically in aldi,lidl and dunnes.

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    Opps...re the bacon hash...much wiser to buy a large piece of ham (when its on special)...you get a dinner,lunches and a ham hash....as the recipe says but with either spring onions/leaks (from the garden...) and tinned pineapple....YUM....
    When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spidermom View Post

    Fav dinner is still mash,sausages and a fried egg on top!!
    Oh! I rarely have eggs any more. At home we used to have our own hens so I got out of the habit of it and shop eggs, even free range corn fed types, aren't as nice.

    But I might have this for tea tomorrow.
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