School dinners is a hot topic at this time after shocking photos emerged of paltry offerings made by Government contracted food parcel suppliers.

The government allowance for free school meals is £15 per week, but some of the parcels being handed out in recent days appeared cobbled together for a fraction of that price.

And, while many were outraged by this, others pointed out that in many supermarkets, a great deal more could have been bought for that same price offering healthier options, and quite simply, more food.

Our colleagues at BirminghamLive put this to the test, spending £15 at Aldi on lunch items.

They were able to get 30 items and make 22 nutritious meals, including a dessert and a drink. Find out how they did it below.

Our shopping list

Medium sliced white bread 36p

Mature cheddar £1.79

Mini apples 6-pack 59p

Cherry tomatoes punnet 67p

Mini bananas 7 pack 75p

Cucumber 43p

Houmous tub 69p

1kg bag of carrots 41p

Fusilli pasta pack 39p

Tin of tuna 59p

Tin of sweetcorn 37p

Mayonnaise 59p

Two tins of baked beans 58p (29p each)

Tin of sardines in tomato sauce 31p

Pasta sauce with tomato and herbs 39p

Medium baking potatoes 4 pack 39p

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Light Greek Style strawberry yogurts 4 pack 85p

Fruit and grain cereal bars 6 pack 79p

Oaties biscuit pack 36p

Beautifully Buttery tub 69p

8 bread wraps 65p

Medium free range eggs 6 pack 69p

Tin of peach slices 31p

Tin of tomato soup 31p

Tin of meatballs in tomato sauce 54p

Chicken instant noodles 22p

Chocolate Wacko bars 8 pack 79p

Pint of milk 55p

Total: £15.12

Meal ideas

From this list, we could make:

2 jacket potatoes with baked beans

2 jacket potatoes with tuna and sweetcorn

2 tuna sweetcorn salad wrap

1 houmous and dips

1 salad with cheese and mayo

3 eggs on toast

2 sardines on toast

2 meatballs with pasta

1 soup and toast

2 beans on toast

1 chicken instant noodles

2 pasta with sauce and grated cheese

Total meals: 21

This could be followed by:

Fruit (apple, banana, tinned peaches)

Chocolate bar

Yogurt

Cereal bar

Digestive biscuit

Glass of milk

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