‘So instead I’ve made 7 weeks worth of meals, it cost approx $400 in ingredients which equates to about $55 a week. We have 2 adults and 2 kids. I’ll still need to buy school lunch stuff, dog food and general household items, but when I bought the ingredients I also bought bulk pasta and rice, so it’d just be fresh veg I need to go with select meals.
‘Could certainly choose more budget friendly meals (lamb mince is expensive for example) but I’m happy with this cost. I bought most of my items from Aldi, the veg from Spudshed (farmers market) and a handful of things from Woolworths that I couldn’t find in Aldi.’
She added: ‘There’s about 7 weeks worth of food here, each container is a family serve. Also in there are 2 weeks worth of lunches and breakfasts.’
Alinta went on to say that the meals she cooked included Thai chicken mince - which she’d served with rice or lettuce cups - spaghetti bolognaise, lamb rags, Mexican beef mince, lemon basil pesto chicken, sun-dried tomato bake and Mexican pulled pork burritos.
She adds: ‘Also 14 single serves of lunches for at work - black rice, homemade avocado hummus, roast veggies, feta, tofu.
‘Also 14 serves of mango chia seed puddings with blueberries for breakfast. - 250g chia seeds, 1.5 Ltr coconut milk/ water. 500g blended mango purée. Whisk thoroughly and leave in fridge overnight. Seperate into individual tubs.’
Not surprisingly, Alinta admitted that she has ‘run out of room in my second freezer’ and would love to do more 'but have run out of freezer space.’ Ha!
The epic food prep was applauded by fellow mums on the budgeting group.
‘If we’re just talking dinners this is $2 pp. excellent way to prep and budget,’ said one. Added another: ‘Thanks for sharing. Some great ideas and inspirations.’
Said one more: ‘WELL DONE! THis awesome and inspiring!!!’
Said another: ‘How much do I need to pay you to do this for me 😂’