Friday, June 18, 2004

kiwi mission diet

tallskinnykiwi is on a fatkins diet.

downunder, this Sunday, as part of a 3 week mission focus, I am suggesting a kiwi~mission~diet. I rang the local budgetting agency and they reckon it costs $60 per person per week to eat.

The menu below costs $28 per person per week. Follow the menu for one week. Do the maths. The difference between $60-$28 is $32. Give that $32 to a third world mission cause.

Go on – join me for 1 week and lets see how much money we can raise on this blog for the poor. If you want to join me, drop me a line.

I will post the shopping list and menus tomorrow. (Resources are from tranzsend.) Go on – 1 week. 250 people read this blog each day. Multiply by $32, would equal $8000.

Menu for $4 per person per day (for 2 adults & 2 children)

Sunday Breakfast ::Pancakes (with ½ banana & cinnamon or lemon juice & sugar)
Sunday Lunch :: Pizza Burgers
Sunday Dinner :: Salmon (Fish Cakes), Chips, Coleslaw

Monday Breakfast :: Cereal & ½ cup milk and 1 or 2 slices toast
Monday Lunch :: Sandwiches (7) Fillings can be selected from any salad or coleslaw ingredients
Monday Dinner :: Pot roast, Oven baked potatoes, Stirfry Vegetables, Creamed Rice & Peaches

Tuesday Breakfast :: French Toast
Tuesday Lunch :: Sandwiches (7) (Leftover tinned salmon with lemon juice, or pot roast)
Tuesday Dinner :: Chicken, Corn & Mushroom with Rice

Wednesday Breakfast :: Cereal & ½ cup milk, 1 or 2 slices toast
Wednesday Lunch :: Chicken Salad Rolls (5)
Wednesday Dinner :: Mince Roll, Potatoes – Oven baked or mashed, Coleslaw

Thursday Breakfast :: Pancakes (with grated apple & cinnamon or lemon juice & sugar)
Thursday Lunch :: Sandwiches (7)
Thursday Dinner :: Hamburgers with lettuce, onion, tomato, carrot & beetroot (5), Apple Crumble

Friday Breakfast :: Cereal & ½ cup milk, 1 or 2 slices toast
Friday Lunch :: Sandwiches (7)
Friday Dinner :: Mushroom & Bacon Pasta, Lettuce Salad, Golden Syrup Pudding

Saturday Breakfast :: Savoury Toast
Saturday Lunch :: Quiche, Lettuce Salad
Saturday Dinner :: Savoury Polonies (6), Frozen Corn & Peas, Lemon Pudding

Posted by steve at 06:40 PM


  1. Steve, our family of three spend about $60 per week on food. At your $28.00 per person we`d be spending $56.00 a week on food for two people.
    I dont think we`d have much to give to the missions.
    I really wonder what people spend their food money on…

    Comment by dave — June 18, 2004 @ 11:12 pm

  2. downunder eh?


    not heading through canberra for any reason? free accomodation for any prospective blogger…

    mind you, i am in Qld until Tuesday.

    Comment by Darren — June 19, 2004 @ 2:30 am

  3. this is a great idea Steve (although I can’t imagine getting it together to cook pancakes or french toast in the morning, but as I only ever have plain toast and tea for my breakfast it probably wouldn’t be much of a saving)

    As I’m not downunder I shan’t join in this specific diet, but you’ve inspired me to review the daily budget over the summer and see where we’re wasting resources. Thanks for the good ideas as always.

    Comment by maggi — June 19, 2004 @ 2:58 am

  4. This is a GREAT idea! We’re keen.

    Comment by Andrew — June 19, 2004 @ 9:30 am

  5. Dave,
    The $60 a week figure is based on ringing Kingdom Resources, one of the largest budgetting agencies in Christchurch and asking them what they advise people seeking their financial help.

    If the food thing doesn’t work for you, why not be constructive and creative and suggest another Kingdom lifestyle option?

    My post arose out of me being personally challenged about my consumptive lifestyle – I am Westerner, doing well in a world where so many are struggling. I would be disappointed if my post allowed any reader to point their finger at others people’s finances and so feel more righteous about how they themselves live.

    Comment by steve — June 19, 2004 @ 4:07 pm

  6. Thats great, im up for that, lets mark that one up at

    Comment by Ande — June 21, 2004 @ 6:38 am

  7. Geez, that’s a bit harsh on Dave isn’t it?

    Comment by Josh — June 21, 2004 @ 11:08 am

  8. american dollars?

    maybe that’s the difference here.

    anyway – our family of 5 spends $80 on grocery store food a week. and then another $50?? on other food.

    i can’t imagine $60 per person. which country are we talking about?

    Comment by tammy — June 21, 2004 @ 12:06 pm

  9. just caught up with your blog for the first time in a while Steve. brilliant idea. i am with you in spirit and feel suitably challenged to think through how this translates into the UK!

    Comment by barky — June 22, 2004 @ 2:27 am

  10. Josh
    thanks for your comment. I would value Dave’s response – the internet can lead to misunderstanding and if I have been harsh I am willing to apologise.
    So Dave, did my response hear your right?

    Comment by steve — June 22, 2004 @ 10:43 am

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