During Lent a few years ago we gave up eating meat – except on Sundays which are not part of Lent. On Sundays we ate better quality meet – we used local beef (the cheapest cut and slow cooked it in stews – it was lovely) from Mottistone Manor Farm, we also wanted chicken but the local chicken was just too expensive and so we went for either the Lidl organic chicken or the Co-op Elmwood chicken (I’m not saying these are the best options but they were better options than we had been eating). After this we have never gone back to eating as much meat and we have tended to eat better meat (not always I still sometimes buy Lidl cheapest mince).
So our last meal before starting this £1 a day lark was a meatloaf using the Mottistone Manor beef – cows I can watch out on the downs before we eat them – well looked after and local meat. On the first day we had value sausages – you really couldn’t get much further apart. The sausages fell apart into a mush and no-one liked it at all. Three of us would probably have just been veggie all week and mostly lived on variations of baked beans but two of our family would probably have had no protein all week as they tend to get most of it from meat, fish, cheese, milk, soya milk etc. and we are only eating a very very small amount of milk.
We do have the odd sausage casserole but we tend to make it with Sainsbury’s Freedom Food Chipolatas (they work out between £2-£2.50 – depending on offers) and each pack will make 2 meals so it’s not loads more but still at least double what we spent.