Meat Free April Is Over But…

…it spilled over into May for the simple reason that I unintentionally bought enough meat free food to take me through May and into June. I still have a mixture of meat and meat free foods from my April shop, so there’s a happy balance that means it hasn’t been too much of a change of lifestyle. This month I have bought fish and I still have bacon left from April so in terms of buying the main part of the meal, my outlay has been minimal.

My freezer is still rammed (mostly muffins I have to say) thanks to all the reduced aisle deals I managed to get my hands on recently. And because I have also been away at my parents for two weeks, May has been an even cheaper month.

Gluten free treats still turn up occasionally on the reduced aisle too. But I struggle to fit them into my calorie limit because they are loaded with the bad stuff. Whoever said gluten food was better for you was lying. I would only ever eat like that if I genuinely had a gluten problem. What the food lacks in gluten, companies think it needs making up for in lots of other ways. The cakes are sweeter than regular ones and the calorie counts are high for what they are.

I’ve bought less vegetables this month. I am now able to harvest spring onions, pak choi, leeks, spinach and garlic leaves from my makeshift garden by taking small amounts off each plant both grown from seed and cut and come again from supermarket scraps. Nipping the odd leaf helps encourage growth and in the case of garlic and regular onions will encourage the plant to put more of its energy into growing the bulb. In theory I am getting two crops from one as the leaves are just as good to put into meals.

I now have as much as I can manage in my little pot garden and it’s simply a case of waiting for seed plants to reach maturity. Cut and come again vegetables are proving to be quite a success and whilst they will need replenishing, they last a couple of yields so I’ve saved money in the long run. It’s probably been one of my best discoveries.

All these factors mean I only spent £50 in the supermarket in May and with any luck this will be a trend through summer and into autumn. I’ll have to report back on my spend figures as the months go on. Some of my spring planting will be ready to harvest through the winter and cut and come again will no doubt still be possible since I can buy the original crops in the supermarket all year.


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