The £5 Dinner Challenge

Whilst this was intended to be a £5 dinner challenge, this actually turned into a feed two people for a weekend challenge! As Meg well knows, I am normally useless at these challenges as the past couple of times Meg has set me a buy dinner on this amount of money challenge, I have instead dug out the debit card and turned it into a food shop challenge. This time, however, was different. As we used a lot of our monthly food shop for our barbecue we have found ourselves slightly short and with money slightly short also, this was more of a what change do we have between us and the back of the sofa challenge! The last time we did a challenge like this was our Roast Dinner Challenge which was also our first food post, so whilst this challenge was very necessary, it was also well overdue!

In total I spent: £4.99 which included washing up liquid.

What I bought:

  • Pack of eight sausages
  • Pack of potatoes
  • One baguette
  • One bag of onions
  • One tin of tomatoes
  • One sachet of gravy (reduced in price)
  • One pack of cabbage and leek (reduced in price)
  • One pack of carrot and swede (reduced in price)

Our meals:

  • Bangers and mash

A very simple meal that takes no time at all to throw together. We used four of the sausages and five of the potatoes. The sausages were cooked in the oven for 20 minutes and the potatoes cooked in a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes or until soft. They were then drained and mashed with a knob of butter and a splash of milk. This was then served with some of the cabbage and leek mix and some frozen carrots that were looking lost in the bottom of the freezer which were all cooked together in a pan of boiling water for 5 minutes. This was served with the gravy.

  • Sausage Casserole

Yet again a classic easy meal that when you bulk it out with veg can feed the five thousand. We got 2 decent size portions, each having one sausage each, which is a bit of a stretch but with all those vegetables it sure does fill you up. The carrot and swede mix was thrown into a casserole dish with some of the leek and cabbage mix and some sprouts we had lying around. We added two sausages within the mix, the gravy that was leftover from the sachet, 300ml of stock (the chicken stock we had from our Transforming Your Leftovers: Roast Dinner, Edition Two post), some herbs and seasoning. A touch of flour was added to slightly thicken the sauce and it was cooked in the oven for about 35 minutes on 180.

  • Sausage Baguette

This is one of those ‘exactly what it says on the tin’ types of meals. Chop an onion up, fry it with a couple of the sausages, stick it all in the baguette et viola, lunch is served!!

I completed this shop on Saturday and whilst we were due to have the casserole Sunday, we felt a bit sausaged out at that point so roasted some of the potatoes and used up some gammon and vegetables that we had kicking around. What we wanted to showcase here, however, is that it is very simple to make some delicious meals with very little money and a few odd bits that are kicking around. We didn’t use many other ingredients in these meals so essentially we turned a fiver into two tasty dinners and one lunch and still have ingredients left over that we have used on other meals. Whilst Meg was at work last night, I completed another shopping challenge which we will share with you at the end of the week where I have turned about £7 worth of meat into nearly a weeks worth of dinners. That should bring us nicely into July where we will enter our vegetarian month. Until then though happy shopping!




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