With the above ingredients, I am going to cook this week for the 5x5 budget challenge of Albert Heijn (Dutch supermarket chain). Since the beginning of February, I can call myself an Albert Heijn Ambassador and will collaborate with them every month on a different theme. This month's theme was cooking on a budget. Cooking 5 days for 5 Euros per day. For me this is also an opportunity to show you guys that healthy eating does not need to be expensive at all. For example all these groceries costed me €22,16, the zucchini's are on sale this week! So I even stayed a bit under my budget (Ha! so proud!).
I have to admit that I never really watched very carefully how much I spend on my groceries. Of course I watched it a little bit but never looked at it very consciously. This challenge has made me more conscious to also watch my 'grocery budget' a bit better in the future (especially since we are getting married!!). I know that this is a fortunate position to be in that you don't need to watch your budget that close, but not everyone is in this position so I also want to show with this budget challenge that you can eat healthy and fresh foods on a budget!
So what's the deal?
During this 5x5 budget challenge I will be cooking all dishes for 2 persons. All ingredients are bought in the same supermarket, Albert Heijn. This is done because not everyone has time to go to different places to get all their groceries for the week. The ingredients in the picture are the main ingredients that I am going to use in my dishes. Next to those ingredients, I am going to use some spices, oil and herbs for which I will calculate € 0,10 per meal.
These herbs I always have at home and go into (almost) every meal:
- Paprika powder
- Cayenne pepper
- Italian herbs
- Olive Oil
- Fresh basil (plant)
This is on the menu
I will be cooking the following dishes for my 5x5 budget challenge the upcoming days:
- Sweet potato crust quiche with veggies and cottage cheese (this will be for 4 persons, so 2 days)
- Zoodles (zucchini noodles) with chicken, pesto and veggies
- Mashed sweet potato with kale and sausage (for the Dutch: boerenkool stamppot met worst)
- Zoodles (zucchini noodles) with homemade tomato sauce, veggies and minced beef
These are my budget dishes for the upcoming days! One of these dishes, the sweet potato crust quiche is already on the blog. This one is for 4 persons and also perfect to make ahead, so for that one busy day in the week when you don't have any time to cook, you can eat your leftover sweet potato crust quiche! I hope you like the menu and will try some of these recipes!
- Not a fan of veggie noodles? Replace them with whole wheat pasta and it will still fit easily in your budget!
- Not a fan of sweet potatoes? Replace them with normal potatoes or make a mix of sweet and normal potatoes.
- These dishes are easy to meal prep when you don't have that much time during the week. The sweet potato crust quiche can be made ahead in the weekend already. This also goes for the zucchini noodles, spiralize the zucchini's already in the weekend and store them in an air tight container in your fridge. The tomato sauce can be made ahead easily as well during the weekend store this as well in an air tight container in your fridge (it will be even more tasty!!).
The first recipe is already online! The other recipes will follow this week, just check the blog or my Instagram account: @healthyfoodie.food! Need any other substitutes for a product or do you have any questions? Just comment below or send me an email!
Love, Nienke (Healthyfoodiefood)