Food Diary: On A Budget

I asked you lovely souls on Instagram  if you'd find a post on how I follow a free from diet whilst on a budget insteresting. I got an overwhelming response of "YESSSSS, I would!!!" So, here we are! I stuck to the budget completely, whilst I know there are a lot of repeat meals, I'm a big fan of batch cooking and having the same lunches/dinners during the course of a week.

Please keep in mind that I live alone and in Spain so it's quite possible you would need more or less money to buy the items below wherever you are. I am not a dietician or nutritionist. I am sharing this purely to inspire you to get creative in the kitchen, cook something different and show that eating healthy-ish on a budget is possible.

The Budget: €25 / £22 for the week. 

Food purchased from supermarket:

  • Brown rice
  • Honey
  • Rice milk x 2
  • Rice flour
  • Tea
  • Sleep tea
  • Tomato Purée
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • 2 x 6L bottles of water

Food purchased from local market:

  • Mushrooms x 6
  • Red pepper
  • Onions x 2
  • Melon
  • Apples x 5
  • Potatoes x 6
  • Tomatoes x 6
  • Carrots x 7

    Food used that I already had:
  • Frozen peppers
  • Almonds from the garden
  • Eggs

Day 1

Breakfast: Rice pudding with apple & sultanas. 

Lunch: Homemade Crisp Salad.

Snacks: Ice cold Melon, hot chocolate

Dinner: Homemade Gluten Free Pizza

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Day 2.

Breakfast: Rice pudding with apple & Sultanas. 

Lunch: Spanish Omelette with a salad of lettuce, tomato and red pepper.

Snacks: Melon

Dinner: Cold Summer Stew with brown rice.

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Day 3.

Breakfast: Smoothie - 1/4 cup of melon, 1/2 an apple and 1 cup of rice milk blended together. Was very sweet... maybe soya milk would be better option? 

Lunch: Spanish Omelette with the same salad as yesterday. 

Snacks: Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

Dinner: Plain boiled rice and half an apple - I had a bad stomach. 

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Day 4.

Breakfast: Boiled rice with half an apple - still had a bad tummy!

Lunch: Mushroom & Pepper Stuffed Baked Potato with a simple salad. 

Snacks: A small bowl of melon.

Dinner: The rest of the left over Spanish Omelette.

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Day 5.

Breakfast: Chocolate Almond Biscuits with a cup of tea

Lunch: Mushroom & Pepper Stuffed Baked Potato with salad.

Snacks: The last of the melon - oh melon how I shall miss you, you were delightful! 

Dinner: Cold Summer Stew with rice. 

Cold Summer Stew with rice

Day 6.

Breakfast: Chocolate Almond Biscuits with a cup of tea. 

Lunch: Those scrum-didli-umptious stuffed jacket potatoes again just on their own. 

Snacks: Free From Hot chocolate. 

Dinner: I went to my parents' house for dinner. 

gluten fre chocolate biscuits

Day 7. 

Breakfast: Apple & rice milk smoothie

Lunch: Cold Summer Stew on it's own. 

Snacks: An apple

Dinner: The last of the mushroom & pepper stuffed baked potatoes

I didn't find myself feeling deprived or hungry during the week, sticking to a budget has given me a feeling of control over my money whilst still knowing that I have eaten food filled with goodness which nourishes by body and fills my soul. I'd love to hear what you think about these meals if you've found this useful and would like more what I eat in a week on a budget and if you'll be giving some of the meal ideas a go. Let me know in the comments below or pop over a message.  

Sending lots of love, cat cuddles and alllll the yummy food recipes your way,
Love,
Peta & The Bears x

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