In keeping with this years Living Below The Line challenge, and in response to a phenomenal number of requests, I’ve pared back some of my recipes even more to the bare bones, knocking out ‘luxuries’ like garlic and lemon to bring my spend from £10 per week to £10 for 10 days, without compromising my ‘tea need’. You’ll notice I’ve done it for twice as long as the original challenge, because my shopping and cooking habits aren’t a supposed to be a short term fix but more an awareness into a different type of simple, nutritious cooking. However it can be translated into £1 a day for 5 days, for 2 people, if you like.
All items listed are Sainsburys Basics (except chickpeas, cumin and green beans) and all correct at time of going to press.
Shopping list: £9.82 for 10 days or for 2 people for 5 days.
Basics cornflakes, 31p/500g
Basics unsweetened soya drink, 59p
Whole meal bread, 22 slice loaf, 50p
Apples 82p for 6
Mixed fruit jam, 29p
Vegetable pack, 20pc carrot, potato, onion, £1
Chopped tomatoes x2 35p = 70p
Kidney beans, 27p
Natural yoghurt, 65p
Green beans, £1.40/kg
Basics Teabags, 35p
Dark chocolate; 31p
Mixed herbs, 20p
50g corn flakes with a splash of unsweetened soya milk and a cup of tea, made with soya milk
Jam sandwich, with yoghurt OR apple.
2x Mumma Jacks Best Chilli with rice
3x Carrot & Coriander Falafels with rice and green beans
2x Pasta Alla Genovese (dried herbs if no fresh herbs available, included in shopping list)
3x Vegetable masala with rice and green beans – uses up your remaining veg bag at the end of the week!
You will notice some ingredients missing from the shopping list that are in my original recipes – these can be missed out without too much of a compromise.
You will also notice at the end of the week that you have some rice, pasta, cumin, green beans, Teabags, jam etc left – they can be rolled over for the next week, leaving a little wriggle room in next weeks budget for other staples like a different herb or spice (paprika is a favourite), or cous cous, dried beans in bulk… The longer you do it, the bigger your store cupboard becomes, and the more varied and adventurous you can be. It’s almost 2am and I’m hitting the sack, will rework this and add links in the morning, but recipes can be found by searching the ‘search’ bar on the top right hand side…
Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe. Email: email@example.com
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