Mum creates 62 dinners from $100 worth of groceries
Think feeding your family is too expensive?
This Hamilton mother challenged herself to see how many good dinners she could make out of just $100-worth of groceries.
Kathrine Lynch came up with 62 single servings of balanced family food - which cost her $1.62 each in ingredients.
"I just wanted to show young families that you can make a lot of good meals with lots of nutrition in them and you can make them go a long way with very little amount of money," she said.
"With my family, two adults and two young children, that's three servings per dinner, so that's about three weeks for $100.
"If we went to McDonald's and we all had a meal it would be about $30, which would be seven nights worth of dinners."
Lynch shopped at Pak 'N Save Mill Street. The meat consisted of four whole chickens, 600 grams of prime beef mince and 2kg of pre-cooked sausages.
She followed foundation guidelines on servings and all meals also have rice, pasta, potato or kumara, and at least two vegetables.
Lynch is a stay-at-home mum with two young children. She runs a blog Happy Busy Kids NZ to encourage children to be active and this project was a look at the nutrition side of things.
Lynch used six different recipes, ones she cooks anyway. They are chicken rice risotto, chicken and pasta bake, cottage pie, spaghetti bolognaise, devilled sausages and roast chicken.
Cooking the meals took a couple of days and she cooked regular meals at the same time.
They went into containers and are now in her freezer.
When she put the experiment on her Facebook page she thought a few hundred people might be interested, but the challenge struck a big nerve. At last count there were 17,500 views.
She thinks saving money is a big thing, but also people hadn't realised "how little you have to spend to create a nutritious meal".
"We haven't started eating them yet. My husband's waiting saying, 'when can we eat them'."