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
- Rice milk x 2
- Rice flour
- 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
- Apples x 5
- Potatoes x 6
- Tomatoes x 6
- Carrots x 7
Food used that I already had:
- Frozen peppers
- Almonds from the garden
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.
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,
Peta & The Bears x