shaza wrote:I thought I'd share this article posted online by a nutritionist here in the UK:
Healthy eating on a budget
http://thehealthbank.co.uk/healthy-eati ... omment-261
It makes for interesting reading - she basically strove to eat a healthy diet with a £20 / week / person max. You can download her free ebook in PDF format which is basically the article plus the menu and shopping list and recipes she set out for herself for a week.
Not saying everyone will like it - but it's given me a few ideas on where I can save, what I can cook etc.
That looks interesting, shaza. I'm always looking for healthy eating options for the family. Thanks for the link!
Edited to add: I've just read part of it, and I'm delighted to notice that she recommends making soup out of the left over roast chicken from Sunday. We do this in our household - strip this meat from the carcass after Sunday dinner, boil the carcass to make stock, use the stock the next day to make a chicken and vegetable soup.
I think the main problem I have is in planning for the week. I get very busy, and life can often throw a curve ball which messes up whatever I had planned for the day. Added to that, it is too easy to fall into the temptation of cheap, ready prepared meals when you are exhausted and shopping in the supermarket. Very naughty of me, when I keep a lot of the basic ingredients in stock in my kitchen.
Really, I need more self discipline to implement planning, and contingency planning, for meals. Especially if I am to keep the family healthy.
It's probably something which older generations took for granted. I also feel that from my generation onwards, we lost a lot of the planning and cooking skills essential to make a meal from scratch. Thanks to my Mum, and also some decent cookery classes in school (and some superb vegetarian cook books I had years ago - even though I'm not a vegetarian now), I think my skills are a bit better than some. However, I often feel I belong to a lost generation regarding cookery, especially when I overhear conversations in the supermarket from women shopping, and also when I talk to younger relatives. They have no idea how to cook from scratch.