Sainsburys Feed your family for £50
You can’t help but have noticed Sainsbury’s current campaign for Feed your family for £50 a week, it’s pretty much everywhere at the moment.
That’s 3 meals a day for 7 days for 4 people.
I have to say that when I first noticed the campaign I didn’t take much notice. We tend to spend £50 a week anyway but that also has to include the cleaning material, toilet roll side of things too. But I kept seeing it mentioned and found myself feeling quite curious.
So when Sainsbury’s contacted me to ask if I’d like to give their meal plan a go I didn’t hesitate.
I have to be honest here that I don’t meal plan. I know all the benefits but I can’t seem to get my head around it, so I was interested to see how I’d get on with this one. I’d had a sneaky peek at what we would be eating and thought a lot of it sounded quite tasty.
Even though I knew what the meals were I was surprised at exactly how much food arrived on my doorstop! A lot of it was from the Basic’s range but as we buy a lot of the supermarket’s value ranges anyway it wasn’t a problem. I think there is a lot of snobbery around food sometimes and people tend to dismiss the value ranges as inferior. Try them, if you like them then great, if not then nothing’s lost.
I was impressed with the dinners. The portion sizes are very generous and there were leftovers from each dish (a definite bonus in my eyes as I have a very large soft spot for leftovers). There were old family favourites like a frittata and a roast dinner, as well as a very tasty sausage, tomato and cannellini bean pot.
My main criticism is with the lunches - they are very sandwich heavy and as I try not to make sandwiches for lunch we tended to have the leftovers. The only other point I’d make is that there are no ‘extra’s’ in the meal plan at all, no puddings or things like a packet at crisps at lunchtime. This may actually be a good thing but most of us realistically buy them. There are apples though and the meal plan means that you do get your 5 a day so it is very healthy.
Though this hasn’t made me embrace the whole concept of meal planning, I will be keeping an eye on the new plans as they are released. I can see them being useful for getting ideas on weeks where inspiration is lacking.