Voucherbox.co.uk has teamed up with Zamcog to present The £2 Challenge: Can you feed you and/or each person in your family for £2 per head per day? Of course being the budget foodie I am jumped at the chance. I wanted to show people that you can eat decent food on such a small budget and raise awareness of the campaign.
Did you know it costs £2 to feed and educate a child in Zambia each day. So the blogging community has been challenged to create a days worth of food for £2 per head. As we are a family of 3. That makes our budget £6. Which is quite a bit to work with. I tried my best to get 5 portions of fruit & veg into it and I think I’ve achieved it.
This challenge has come at the perfect time when we are all a little bit cash strapped after Christmas and January seems to have gone on for months. So I hope you like my recipes and shopping list for £6.
Value porridge oats – £0.75
2 loose bananas – £0.33
1 pint of whole milk – £0.44
We often start the day off with porridge. It’s a great for filling your belly. Topped with a banana to get a bit of fruit in your system first thing. You could even add a few of the sultanas (in snacks) to the bowl too.
Tuna chunks (in brine) – £0.65
Wholemeal pitta breads – £0.42
Tinned sweetcorn – £0.35
Value mayo – £0.40
1/2 cucumber – £0.24
A simple lunch of tuna, mayo and sweetcorn filled pitta breads. Wholemeal bread for some fibre and the sweetcorn to count towards fruit & veg for the day. We then added some cucumber sticks as well.
Soft cheese – £0.49
Tinned peas – £0.21
3 loose mushrooms £0.23
Value spaghetti – £0.20
For dinner it was cream cheese, peas and crispy mushroom pasta. It’s so simple to make.
Cream cheese pasta.
– Serves 3 –
200g tub of soft cheese
1 tin of peas
3 mushrooms, finely sliced.
Cook the spaghetti according to pack instructions.
Place the mushrooms onto a baking tray and cook in hot oven (200ºC/Gas 6) for 10 minutes until crisp.
Add the peas into the spaghetti water for the last 2 minutes of cooking.
Drain the spaghetti. Add in the peas, soft cheese and 3/4’s of the mushrooms. Stir until combined.
Top with the remaining crispy mushrooms and serve.
Sultanas – £0.84
2 loose carrots – £0.22
As for snacks a couple of carrots chopped up and a 500g bag of sultanas that can be snacked on throughout the day.
Tap water – £0
Total Spend: £5.78
I’m pretty impressed with myself. A whole days worth of food for 3 (it could stretch to 4) for just £6. I even came in under budget.
Now it’s time to nominate some people to take part. I pick The Culinary Jumble, Winnettes & Mummy in a Tutu.
For every blog post published about the challenge. Voucherbox.co.uk will donate £50. How amazing is that! For more details head over here.
Prices correct as of 24/01/17 – checked on mysupermarket.co.uk