Voucherbox are running a challenge for bloggers where we have to feed our family for £2 per head for one day and in return Voucherbox will donate £50 to Zamcog which is a charity that helps support some of Zambia’s most at-risk children. Did you know it costs £2 to feed, educate and clothe a child in Zambia every day.
Julie-Anne Uggla, Founder of Zamcog informs that At the Shitima School they not only educate children to improve their lives but also provide basic needs such as food and clean water. Any money raised from this campaign will go directly to funding nourishment at the Shitima School. Giving education and basic essentials to needy children is a great cause. Having grown up in Kenya and seen some of the poverty there, I was happy to support this worthy cause.
When my friend Nayna Kanabar who blogs at Simply food nominated for the challenge, I got thinking and looking at prices in the Supermarkets and realised that this was a tough challenge as most of us in UK are fairly well off and buy essentials without checking the prices as we lead such busy lives. Thankfully, my husband is good at budgeting and always buys stuff online by looking at the My supermarket website to find me good deals.
For this Challenge – I chose a Saturday as it’s day my children visit and I wanted them to take part in the £2.00 challenge with me and appreciate how lucky they are to be living in UK. So we had £ 8.00 to come up with meals for one day.
For breakfast we made pancakes topped with butter and syrup.
- 2 pancake shakers £ 2.00
- Honey £ 1.65 (50p)
- oil: £ 1.00 (10p)
- butter: £ 1.00 (25p)
Although this cost shows as £ 5.00 we only used a quarter of the butter, less than half a bottle of honey and 2 tsp of oil so I have calculated the breakfast cost to be £ 2.85.
- As instructed on the bottle, shake the bottle and add water up to the mark on the bottle. Shake this and allow to rest for 2 minutes.
- Using a non stick frying fan, spread a teaspoon of oil to the frying pan and pour the batter to form a small pancake. Cook for a couple of minutes. Once you are able to loosen the pancake from the frying pan, turn it over and cook for a minute. Remove and spread some butter on the pancake and make the rest of the pancakes in the same way.
- Serve with honey or pancake syrup.
For lunch we had penne pasta with vegetables. I cooked the pasta in the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot (IP) is a pressure cooker but can also be used as a slow cooker. rice cooker, sauté/browning, yoghurt maker and steamer.
- 2 heaped cups of any mixed vegetables (we used Tesco’s frozen vegetables)
- 1 tbls oil
- 2 heaped cups of penne pasta
- 1 cup tofu
- 1 carton 500gms passata (we used Tesco’s own brand)
- 2-3 cloves of garlic – crushed using a garlic press
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp oregano
- Mixed vegetables £ 1.10 for 1 Kg (50p)
- Oil: £ 1.10 (10p)
- Tofu: £ 1.50 for 396 gms (75p)
- penne pasta: 55p for 500gms (25p)
- Passata: 35pence
- Garlic: .30p (10p)
- salt,pepper and oregano used from what I had in the kitchen. estimate it as 20p
Although this cost shows as £ 4.80 we only used a less than a third of the frozen vegetables and tofu and only 1 tsp of oil , couple of cloves of garlic so I have calculated the lunch cost to be £ 2.25.
- Heat the Instant Pot (IP) on saute mode and add the oil. Once he oil heats, add the garlic and mixed vegetables and tofu. Stir and add the passata and paste. Using the passata container, fill it with water and add to the IP.
- Close the lid of the IP. Press the Off setting on the OT and then press the Manual setting. Using the + or- buttons set it for 5 minutes.
- Once the IP has finished cooking, release the pressure slowly. Once the pressure is released, you can open the lid of the IP.
- Add the salt and pepper and serve the pasta garnished with oregano.
If you don’t have the Instant Pot, Heat the passata with all the spices and heat the pasta and mix them together.
For dinner I used the Instant pot to make some fruit and vegetable patties very similar to the muthia’s I make.
- 2 apples
- 1 zuchini
- 3-4 radishes
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups chick pea flour
- 1 cup plain flour
- garlic (2-3 cloves)
- 1 green chili (optional)
- 2-3 tablespoons oil
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp chili powder
- pinch of soda by carbonate
- Apples: £ 1.50 for 6 (50p)
- 1 Zuchini (Courgette) (30p)
- garlic 30p (10P)
- radish 58p (10p)
- oil £ 1.10 ( 25p)
- chick pea flour £ 1.79 for 500 gms (30p)
- Plain flour 40p for 500 gms (10p)
- pinch of soda bicarbonate, turmeric,chili powder, salt, pepper,sesame seeds and green chilies used from what I had in the kitchen. estimate it as 50p
- To garnish: Dessicated coconut £ 1.00 for 200gms (10p)
Although this cost shows as £ 6.27 we only used 2 apples. 3-4 radish’s,1 zucchini (Courgette), 2 cups of gram flour and 1 cup of plain flour and 2 tsp of oil so I have calculated the dinner cost to be £ 2.25)
- Grate the apples,zucchini and radish.
2. Sieve the gram flour and plain flour and add the grated vegetables Add the salt, turmeric, crushed garlic , green chillies, soda bicarbonate and a tablespoon of sesame seeds. Add 2 tablespoonfuls of oil. Mix together and add warm water to bind the mixture into a bread like dough.
3. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, Grease a round plate that would fit inside the Instant Pot and and arrange small round pattis. You can also use silicon muffin cups if you like. The cooking time in the IP is 10 minutes. If you don’t have the Instant pot, Just use a steamer and cook them for 30 minutes.
Once cooked, serve them hot garnished with desiccated coconut.
My kids like the muthias slightly browned in a frying pen with a tablespoon of oil
For each Post published with the £ 2.00 challenge, Voucherbox.co.uk will donate £50 to Zamcog. More information about the challenge is here.
Trying to cook to a budget of £ 2.00 per person isn’t easy but do take the challenge as it’s for a good cause.