Day 4 and we're over halfway through Live Below the Line!
- 1 Linda McCartney veggie sausage [16p]
- 1 slice of toast [4p]
- 1 cup of tea [2p]
As usual, my vegetable budget makes lunch 'expensive.' Under normal circumstances, I'd actually say that even with a lot of vegetables, my meals are pretty inexpensive and vegetables are certainly worth their price, not just because of nutrition and fibre, but because they are so delicious. But since I am doing the Live Below the Line challenge, the cost of veg is kind of 'expensive.' Of course, frozen veg is sometimes much cheaper, but I'm going to try to do this with mostly fresh veggies. After going through my pantry, I decided on some dahl with rice. I use the other leek, which has been wilting in my refrigerator, and some 'value carrots,' which were very, very cheap (2kg for 76p). I used red split lentils instead of yellow split peas because I was in a hurry to eat and that and the leek made lunch much more pricey. I can always make up for it with another popcorn and PBJ dinner. ;D
- 250g rice [10p]
- 1 leek [35p]
- 4 small carrots [8p]
- 250g red split lentils [40p]
- Spices & oil [10p]
My husband had been hinting about tapioca yesterday, so I made some in my slow-cooker. I LOVE warm tapioca pudding. *Please note, I'm not including water in any of my ingredient lists -- just in case you try to make my tapioca. You want at least a 5:1 ratio of liquid to tapioca pearls. I used some soymilk and a lot more water.*
- 250g tapioca pearls [40p]
- 0.3L soymilk [20p]
- Almond and vanilla flavouring [10p]
- Sugar [2p]
My husband went out and picked some wild garlic and we had that with some value pasta. I made some pesto (with ground sunflower seeds and olive oil) with it for the kids and my husband, but I didn't think it was in the budget for me, so I just had mine plain on the side. Value pasta is 30p per bag and I used about 2/3 of a bag [20p]. BUT, my younger son decided he didn't want pesto on his pasta and ate most of mine instead (my older son ate both his and his brother's pasta), so I had a comically small amount.
- Tiny amount of value pasta [3p]
- 1 cup jasmine tea [2p]
I actually wasn't hungry after that. I think I was still okay because I'd had the tapioca as a late-afternoon snack. After that, I had a bath and fell asleep getting the kids to sleep -- I know it sounds like I sleep a lot, but the kids get up at the crack of dawn and the wee one gets me up a few times each night. I meant to get up and have a banana and maybe some popcorn, but I didn't, so my total for the day was only 80p!!