About Me

We moved out to Portugal to live a frugal but better , simpler and peaceful life, our house is a very basic, semi ruin, up in the hills outside Figueiro Dos Vinhos, where we work our land, enjoy life with each other and our dogs, and hope to make the smallest carbon footprint we can,

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Frugal Living Menus

Ive had a few people get in touch regarding food, a lot of people in the UK are trying the 'living on a fiver' or £1 pppday type of thing, the way we live all the time... Ive had enquiries for some menu plans so here is a weeks worth...

Please try to remember, we grow all our own veg, we cook on a log fired range (so its free) and I dont have to go out to work all day so meals can be labour intensive and it doesnt matter... your lifestyle may well be very different!

Day 1. B-fast -
Porridge made with half milk half water (dont tell Rik that) plus half a chopped apple and maybe cinnamon if I have some.

Lunch. Either homemade soda bread and marmite if we have it, or quite often homemade soup, (dried beans, left over veggies)

Dinner. Soya spaggetti Bol. (soya granules, aubergines, onions, toms, peppers, sliced green beans if I have them.. double portion made as used for tomorrow too)
Slice of white melon (portuguese melon 30 cents a kilo at the mo!)

Day 2. Toasted soda bread , or yogurt and an apple, (Ive found a local shop that sells 16 yoghurts for E1.75 !

lunch. leftover yesterdays soup, and fresh bread.

Dinner. Lasagne (made with soya and sauce from yesterday,) tomato & onion salad, and fruit parcels. (apple, blackberries, sultanas , dusted with cinnamon and a tablespoon of honey in foil sealed and put on the range for a few mins while we eat dinner) mmmmnn yum.

Day 3. B-fast. Boiled agg toast or yoghurt and apple.

Lunch Home made tomato and pepper soup, fresh soda bread. - slice of melon.

Dinner. Homemade beanburgers (I make 30-40 at a time and freeze them costs pennies) potatoes, cabbage, green beans and carrots. (cook extra veg for tommorrow)

Day 4. Toast and honey.

lunch. Bubble and squeak plus an egg ...

Dinner. Chickpea and veggie stew with rice. Melon, or blackberry crumble..

Day 5, Porridge.

lunch. Tomato sandwiches, with homemade soda bread, olives,

Dinner. Roasted veggies n eggs. (potatoes, courgette, aubergines, baby onions, butternut squash, toms, carrots)

Phew.... I think that'll do for now.... I'll try to post some recipes for these soon...