Here’s my meal plan for the Live Below the Line challenge:
B) Porridge with peanut butter and jam
L) Kitchari (onion, carrot, rice and split peas)
D) Baked potato with baked beans, tinned peaches
S) Toast, peanut butter and jam
I’ll repeat the same plan daily except for the fifth night I’ll have tinned tomatoes and rice as I only have four potatoes!
As I only have one tin of peaches I’m going to be having 1/5 of the tin each day which is a meagre portion but is the best I could manage in terms of getting in a little bit of fruit. Likewise I only have 2 carrots and an onion so that’s my entire vegetable intake for the five days! Anyone who knows me at all, will know this is going to be the toughest aspect of the challenge for me. I also have just one tin of beans so will only have ¼ of the tin per day with my dinner which a little on the small side. Other than this, the quantities I have in terms of carbs and protein (and overall calories) are ample, according to my calculations.
The plan is vegan as that was the only way to get the most decent nutrition at rock bottom prices. I personally would much rather eat no meat, fish or eggs at all than buy the kinds that are sold cheaply but have unacceptable animal welfare.
I was really pleased I could buy wholemeal bread in the value range. I don’t usually eat bread very much but it seemed like a ‘treat’ to have some bread with the peanut butter and jam, so I thought I’d give it a try. I would have loved to buy brown rice instead of white but that was far too expensive and the white rice was a real bargain. I’ll have loads left after my five days for next week- and ditto the yellow split peas which are an excellent whole food.
The porridge will be made with water instead of almond milk and there will be *gasp* no cinnamon! In fact there will be no herbs and spices at all except, because I am a few pence under budget, I am going to let myself have some turmeric and cumin from my cupboard to put in my Kitchari- just a little shake! The rules state that so long as you work out the price per gram, you can use herbs and spices from your cupboards or garden.
I’ll post again tomorrow to report back on my first day ‘Below the Line’!