Having slept on it I have grown to regret my purchase of a 49p jar of herbs.
I see the purchase as the height of bourgeois middle class decadence, and a failure to appreciate the mission I am on. Any advantage of the flavour enhancement provided by the herbs are more than offset by the damage to the budget where protein and veggies are concerned.
Taking of budget and calculations, it's way past time to look at the budgetary aspects of my intended diet. A more sensible man would have done these sums before shopping. Then again, a more sensible man would probably have not started this madness in the first place.
|Item||Cost||Servings||Cost per serving||Protein per serving|
|Eggs 10 pk large||£1.15||10 eggs||£0.12||6.3 g|
|Semi Skimmed Milk 6 pints||£1.15||10 x 330 ml||£0.12||11.9 g|
|Salted Butter||£0.98||10 x 25g||£0.10||0.15 g|
|Ex. Mat. White Cheddar *||£1.89||10 x 30g||£0.19||7.7 g|
|Tuna Flakes in Brine||£0.49||2 x half tins||£0.25||14.2 g|
|Red Split Lentils||£0.95||10 x 50g||£0.10||3.8 g|
|E/E long grain rice *||£0.40||12 x 75g||£0.04||5.4g|
|E/E Spaghetti - 500g||£0.23||6 x 75g||£0.04||9.5g|
|Porridge Oats 1 kg *||£0.75||18 x 50g||£0.05||5.55g|
|Potatos - Maris P 1.5kg||£0.69||15 x 100g||£0.05||2.1 g|
|Carrots 1.5kg||£0.69||14 Carrots||£0.05||0.9g|
|E/E Baked Beans||£0.24||2 x ½ tin||£0.12||8.8 g|
|Red Kidney Beans||£0.23||1 tin||£0.23||17.52g|
|Peeled Plum Tomatoes||£0.31||1 tin||£0.31||4 g|
|Passata||£0.32||1 Carton||£0.32||6.6 g|
|Herbs||£0.49||20 sprinkles?||3p per sprinkle||n/a|
|Stock Cubes||£0.39||12 cubes||£0.04||1.8 g|
|Marmalade *||£0.27||24 x 15 g servings||£0.02||0.01 g|
The Asterix means I've tried to calculate with some slack due to the scale of portions
Given what I've read elsewhere, the Aldi calculation for proteins per lentil serving seems very low... A difference between dry weight and cooked weight perhaps?
I have sucumbed to temptation and splurged out on another Aldi super 6 offer - 8 Clementines for 69p. Working out at 9p per clementine. Added to Sundays £12.88 that makes £13.57 spent so far.
As a first day, I thought I would go with my gut and try to eat something varied...
Fruit: 2 x Clementine ( 9p ) = 18p
Breakfast: A power porridge breakfast of Porridge oats ( 5p ), 330ml Milk ( 12p ) , 15 g Marmalade ( 2p ) = 19p
Lunch: Egg ( 12p ), Cheese ( 19p ), Spaghetti ( 4p ), Herbs ( 3p ) = 37p
Dinner: 2 servings potato (10p), 1 serving beans ( 12p ) = 22p
I'm not sure what I can say about this - from where I am sitting it looks alright - hardly scrimping - be interesting to see how it tastes...