One of my favourite weeks so far. Delicious dishes but a low total cost of groceries. I am especially fond of the Pumpkin Burgers.
I have found myself to go a bit wild on the vegetables when doing groceries, and I seem to have done so this time again. A whole pumpkin (butternut squash) plus a whole celeriac (turnip celery root), for one person. I know that this sounds crazy, but have a look at the recipes and you will find that it isn’t overkill on these two vegetables. The celeriac is hidden in a risotto and a leek mash, and the pumpkin is part of a salad, “burgers” and a different risotto. Both can be roasted or used in soup, should you find yourself with any leftovers when your veggies were bigger than the ones I bought.
The celery and lettuce will definitely have leftovers. Luckily, lettuce can be used in salads and soups, and the celery lasts very long. If you don’t like raw celery in your lunchbox, steam the stalks together with carrots, they go marvelously together. Also as a raw salad with some herbs or cumin.
You can find the budget challenge recipes of all weeks under BC Recipes. They are linked below as well; click on the dish names at each day to get forwarded to the corresponding recipe.
My shopping list of this week (if I bought more, the quantity bought is between brackets). Please note that you need a can of tomato cubes too, which I forgot to buy:
- 310gr pork belly (400gr)
- 285gr plaice fillets, frozen (500gr)
- 7 eggs (carton of 10)
- 1 butternut squash
- 2 leeks
- 1 celeriac
- 750gr potatoes (2.5kg)
- red onions
- 1 little gem (pack of 3)
- 200gr risotto rice (1kg)
- feta (pack of 250gr)
- 250gr Swiss brown mushrooms
I spent €18.92. This includes the following leftovers: 1 pork belly slice (90gr), 215gr frozen plaice, 3 eggs, 2-3 red onions, 1.75kg potatoes, 2 little gem, feta.
I used the following items from my pantry this week: Garlic, 1 can tomatoes, tomato paste, spaghetti, soy sauce, sambal, vinegar, mustard, 1 stock cube.
Plus these standard pantry items: Sunflower oil, butter, salt/pepper, dried herbs (oregano, basil, thyme, miced herbs), spices(paprika powder, cumin, star anise).
Day 1 – Saturday
Lunch: Pumpkin and Egg Salad
Economical salads honestly don’t need to be boring, which this salad proves by combining pumpkin, feta and hardboiled eggs.
Pantry items: Sunflower oil, mixed herbs, paprika powder
Dinner: Celeriac Risotto
Although this dish has no meat, it is very filling and rewarding, also because of the added Umami flavour of the baked mushrooms. Besides, you had two eggs for lunch already!
Pantry items: Sunflower oil, 1/2 stock cube
Day 2 – Sunday
Lunch: Leek and Celeriac Mash
The mash fills you up, especially when combined with the two eggs, making this a great energy boost for the afternoon.
Pantry items: Butter, coarse mustard
Dinner: Plaice in Italian Tomato Sauce
Making your own tomato sauce is a great way to save money. A can of tomato, some garlic, dried herbs and you are all set.
Pantry items: Garlic, 1 can tomato, oregano, basil, spaghetti
Day 3 – Monday
Dinner: Plaice with Buttery Leek
A lovely, fresh dish to start the week with.
Pantry items: Butter
Day 4 – Tuesday
Dinner: Pumpkin Burgers
This is my favourite dish this week. I needed something vegetarian but it wasn’t allowed to be boring. The flavours go great together and there is plenty of flavour to not miss the meat.
Pantry items: Butter
Day 5 – Wednesday
Dinner: Noodle Bowl with Chinese Flavoured Pork Belly
Pork belly doesn’t cost much, but is much more versatile than many people give it credit for. It is a popular ingredient in Chinese cooking, so if you ever find yourself with excess pork belly, open a Chinese cookbook and you will find plenty of options.
Pantry items: Sunflower oil, soy sauce, sambal, paprika, star anise, cumin
Day 6 – Thursday
Dinner: Paprika Pork Belly with Roast Root Vegetables
Finishing up some of the root vegetables, served with paprika and tomato pork belly.
Pantry items: Sunflower oil, mixed herbs, paprika powder, tomato paste
Day 7 – Friday
Dinner: Pumpkin Risotto
The pumpkin will be finished with this pumpkin risotto.
Pantry items: Sunlower oil, thyme, 1/2 stock cube
Grocery costs: €18.92