This one is for you frugal in bucks :)
Packed lunches can simply be a sandwich, apple and a piece of HM cake, but this isn't suitable for the times when you're 'being good'! Here are a few ideas:
I would start with a base of lettuce (plenty of different choices there and easy to grow), cucumber and tomatoes. To that you could add different things to make it more exciting:
Baby spinach leaves
Cress (easily grown on the windowsill)
Sliced red onion
To your chosen salad you could take a HM salad dressing (then you know what's in it) in a little pot to add when you're ready to eat.
I would add some protein at this point:
Low fat cottage cheese
A little grated low fat cheddar
Hard boiled egg
HM veg soup in a flask
Sticks of celery filled with low fat cream cheese
Spread low fat cream cheese on rice cakes
Chicken drumsticks and HM low fat coleslaw (made with yogurt)
HM hummus and veggie sticks to dip
I found a recipe for hummus although I haven't made it because I don't like hummus! I hope this helps?
410g tin of chickpeas
100g sesame seeds
2tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
3tbsp natural yogurt
Juice of 2 lemons (4-6tbsp)
1. Put sesame seeds and oil in a blender and blitz for one minute.
2. Drain chickpeas and add with all other ingredients.
3. Blend for a few minutes on high.
4. Taste and check seasoning. Chill for a few hours and serve.
This will keep in the fridge for approx a week.
This recipe was taken (but not copied word for word) from a fantastic book that I cook from quite a lot...
'How to feed your whole family a healthy, balanced diet with very little money..and hardly any time, even if you have a tiny kitchen, only three saucepans (one with an ill-fitting lid) and no fancy gadgets- unless you count the garlic crusher...simple, wholesome and nutritious recipes for family meals'
It's quite a title! Basically, no excuses, everyone can try to cook. It's great book!
I hope this gave you a few different ideas to what you're already eating frugal in bucks.
Other news...I'm still busy sorting, throwing stuff out, recycling and preparing things to sell at the boot sale.
I am trying to fit other activities into my day like baking and hopefully sewing soon. The house is getting easier to keep clean and tidy because we have less stuff! I'm currently looking at storage ideas to pack things away neatly. I went to Dunelm Mill for the first time the other day and they have some cute storage baskets that I'm thinking of buying. I did pick up a couple of bits for baking
I've been looking out for a cake storer/carrier for a while and this was far cheaper than what I've previously seen...£3.99
The gingerbread cutters were £1.49 and perfect for baking with Daisy as she loves the gingerbread man story and can chant the 'run run as fast as you can' bit! We also got Daisy a gruffalo tabard apron.
I got some new piping bag nozzles. These were quite pricey at £5.99, but I want to make more pretty cakes and need a wide star nozzles for what I want to do. I looked for a single nozzle but the one I wanted came within a set of seven. I will use them all and this means I can pass my other nozzle set onto my son's girlfriend as she loves to bake too. See..the one comes in...one has to go rule is working for me now!!
Hopefully I will find time for more baking later for my next tutorial of small cakes. I have also noted the requests for choccy puddings. We still eat puddings (not every day), are we in the minority? Does anyone else eat puddings??? I have a lot of those recipes and all of them tried and tested!
Please keep the suggestions coming.