Face of the Day

Kathrine Lynch, supplied via NZ Herald

A Hamilton mum and blogger has put her money where her mouth is by whipping up 62 meals for just $100 – inspiring thousands of other budget-conscious mums.

Kathrine Lynch set herself the challenge of seeing how many meals she could make for $100.

She posted a photo of the groceries she had purchased from Pak n’ Save and then the finished result showing 62 containers of single serves on her Facebook page Busy Happy Kids NZ.

The results of the challenge have resonated with her Facebook followers and the post has had 90,000 views in the past two days.

She followed the Heart Foundation’s guidelines for portion sizes which recommended eating red meat or chicken similar to the size of the palm of a hand, a closed fist for carbohydrates such as pasta, rice or potato and two cupped hands for vegetables.

Lynch and her husband would eat a serving each and her daughters aged 1 and 3 would share one, which meant they had 21 dinners or three weeks’ worth of meals for just over $30.

I call BS on that for a number of reasons, but the general principle is fine of course. ? You can feed people healthy nutritious food for little money if you are willing to cut some corners.

This may be a Heart Foundation portion size, but it doesn’t say how much their family are eating and snacking around the main meal to adjust. ? An active grown man needs more than one Heart Foundation portion to replace the energy lost just for being alive.

But the good point is that you can live quite cheaply if you are buying what’s in season and hunt down the specials. ? And if a family of four goes to KFC or McDonalds, they are $40-$60 out of pocket, which can be stretched to feed people for a week. ? Even fish and chips is quite the luxury these days.

“The meat is the most expensive part of all of the meals so it’s just learning different ways that you can make the meat stretch.”

She usually cooks her chickens in the slow cooker and pulls the meat off it as she needs – using it for a number of meals.

“It’s a much more economical way.”

The challenge had opened her eyes to the opportunities and she would now be working on her own weekly budget – a challenge many families faced.

“People can just relate to it. There are a lot of people out there who are buying food on a budget and want to give their kids and families good meals but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen with a huge ingredients list trying to work their way through it.

“I think that’s why people I think have jumped on board because they are not really complicated recipes. If you are pushed for time in the evenings – especially if you have young kids – you want to get your food on the table pretty quick and I think that’s why people have been so interested in it.”


– NZ Herald