£5 for 7 days challenge – Day 2

I come to the end of Day 2 of my second take on the Live Below The Line challenge, or this time I’m stretching my fiver over seven days and I’ve tried to up my fruit and protein intake.

So here goes:

Breakfast, 2 slices of whole meal toast with lemon curd, 7p.

….and an apple, 21p:

Lunch was a lemon curd sandwich and a yoghurt, at a total cost of 15p:

And dinner was a sausage surprise pot, with vegetable rice, at a total cost of 22p (sausage, stuffing, rice and stock, mixed and baked in the oven in a ramekin dish):

Two days in and luckily for me my fridge was completely empty before I started, else I might have broken today. Work is quite high pressured at the moment and I find myself longing for some sweet comfort food, or a glass of wine at the end of the evening – and yes, I do drink the value range table wine that I put in my risottos! But only every now and again…

The sausage surprise pot was the result of some suggestions by readers, who had suggested making a meat loaf – but I’ve packed my loaf tin for the impending move, and made them in ramekin dishes instead. Two sausages made three generous ramekin dishes, but I’m aware as I eat it that my total meat intake for the day is two thirds of a value range sausage…

Onwards. It’s all for a good cause – I’m fundraising for Oxfam, having worked with them on the Enough Food If campaign, I was a case study for poverty in the UK and know all too well what it is to go to bed freezing, starving, and hopeless.

Thankyou to everyone who has sponsored me so far – and to new readers, I just want to make it clear that this is not my normal diet, it’s a challenge to raise money for Oxfam!

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