Wednesday 27 November 2019

Challenge Eight - The £19.25 One Shop Challenge - Bonus Day and End of Challenge Round Up

Breakfast - Weetabix and the last of the Almond Milk

Dinner - Final portions of Hummus and Seeded Crackers

Not long after my dinner I started making my tea, a simple vegetable stew with the exact same ingredients as the Potato Soup.

Tea - Vegetable Stew

It was deliciously herby and as you can see I strained out a few of the vegetables because I have a packet of ready made pastry in the fridge and they will be the basis of a nice Vegetable Pasty for tomorrows tea.

Five a Day = 4

And that's it Challenge Eight is over.

End of Challenge Round Up

It's been a good Challenge, I like to think I did reasonably well.  The food was varied and healthy and I just about averaged out my Five a Day. So ... what's left. 

 On the shelf I have:

 most of the porridge oats
10 Weetabix
4 portions of penne pasta

In the fridge I have:

1 portion of lettuce
1 red onion
most of the dairy free spread
3 potions of tomato pasta sauce
a tub of cooked vegetables from the stew
(they were still cooling down when this photo was taken)

In the freezer I have:

4 sausages
bag of vegetable scraps and peelings

So I guess I could easily get another days eating out of that if I were to have porridge for breakfast (I make mine with water) soup made with the last onion and the vegetable scraps for lunch and had pasta, sausages, and sauce for tea. 

The meals have been quite varied considering the limited ingredients.

Over the eight days I have had:

2 Weetabix and almond milk, with a small glass of orange juice x 4
Weetabix with 1/3 tin of Sliced Peaches x 2
Porridge with Peaches and a small glass of orange juice 
Toast and coffee

Two bananas

Chickpea Tuna Sandwiches
Bangers, Mash and Baked Beans
Pasta Bake with Garlicky Breadcrumbs
Herby Carrot Soup and Toast
Jacket Potato with spread and Homemade Coleslaw
Hummus and Salad Sandwiches
Spicy Tomato Soup
Jacket Potato with spread, Salad Tomato and Baked Beans with Red Onion
Chickpea Tuna and Lettuce Sandwich 
Potato Soup
Celery Sticks and Hummus
A Salady Picky Bowl
Potato Soup with chunky bread croutons

It's a Challenge I've enjoyed doing, but I am glad that it's over now and I can have a rummage in the near empty fridge and decide what to have for my next meal.  I have a feeling that tomorrows breakfast will still be Weetabix though ... now that I can open a new carton of almond milk  :-)

Thanks for reading along and for all your wonderful comments.

I have loads of ideas for new Challenges, in fact my brain is buzzing with them recently, but I think I'll perhaps wait until the New Year ... perhaps!!

Sue xx


  1. Good for you. I think you've done brilliantly and it was a very realistic challenge too, seeing as rarely does any income arrive daily; weekly (or monthly) is much more the norm. Such creative meals too, thanks for the inspiration.
    (first message deleted because of typos!)

  2. That IS a lot of variety, even with a limited selection of foods. We all like variety in our meals, but it does rather bring home the fact that in underdeveloped countries they don't have a choice as they have no variety at's virtually a grain and a few vegetables if they're lucky, and that's it. We're so fortunate here. Well done Sue, I've enjoyed reading every day.

    1. Thank you for following along and for all the support. xx

  3. Looking forward to the new challenges. You've done amazingly well with this challenge. Congratulations.

    1. Aww … thank you. We'll see what 2020 brings :-)

  4. You did marvellously with this challenge. Even got a bonus days eating from it which is wonderful.

    God bless.

    1. It worked out really well, and the bonus day just HAD to be done :-)

  5. Well done!
    I will be using your recipes for sure. Thanks.

    1. Thank you. The recipes are very simple but very tasty :-)

  6. Like everyone else I have enjoyed reading along with your challenge, you have had a good variety of food and done very well with your 5 a day. I am now curious as to your next challenges. If I started a challenge it would be to loose some/lots of weight, but I think I am going to leave that one to January. Thank you Sue for the effort you put into the challenges for us to enjoy. Helen S.

    1. I think trying to lose weight at this time of year would be soooo difficult, lots of use start in January for good reason:-)

      Thank you for reading along and for commenting. xx

  7. Well done. I too have have enjoyed reading along every day. I liked this challenge even better than the last one as I too agree most people probably spend weekly rather than daily. I will look forward to your next challenge.

    1. Thank you. It made it much easier to plan this time, although I missed the spontaneity of the spending each day one.

  8. Good for you, you did a great job on this challenge, as you do with all your challenges. It was lots of variety and good and wholesome too.

  9. A challenge much enjoyed (from my perspective), Sue. I do look forward to your next one. My own challenge is to eat another shelf in the freezer (you will know what I mean) over the next three weeks so that I can accommodate Christmas leftovers!

    1. I know what you mean, although to some that would sound very strange … and VERY chewy ;-)

      Oh we definitely need space for Christmas leftovers and any last minute bargains.


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