Homemade Chicken Nuggets

There are so many reasons I love homemade chicken nuggets!

  1. They use up any leftover chicken from our roast dinner.
  2. You know exactly what goes into them.
  3. The kids love getting messy whilst they help make them.
  4. The kids actually eat them all!

I use the cooked leg meat and any leftovers from our roast chicken but you can which ever part of the chicken you prefer.

Makes 12-16

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Homemade Chicken Stock

Chicken is quite an expensive meat to have in meals, it is probably one of our second most consumed meats in our house (pork being the first). To keep the price down I buy a whole chicken and use the different cuts to make up to four different meals. This week we have had the chicken breasts for Hunters Chicken, the legs for homemade chicken nuggets, any leftover meat was used in a vegtable and rice soup. Often, the carass gets wasted but I turn it into stock which is one of the best tasting stocks I have ever tasted!

If you are unsure of how to seperate the chicken joints, you can find out here.

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Taco Seasoning 14p

Did you know how easy and cheap it is to make your own seasoning for meals like burritos or fajitas?
Old El Paso Taco Seasoning: £1.99
Budget Food Mummy Taco Seasoning: 14p

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Meal Plan Week 3

Meal plans make shopping for food and cooking meals a whole lot easier and cheaper. This week we are having a couple of regular favourites and some new or unpublished recipes.  All meals are less than £1 a serving and suitable for all the family. 

Monday: 

Chicken Chow Mein 

Tuesday: 

Pull apart pizza 

Wednesday: 

Tuna Melt 

Thursday: 

Chorizo and Mozzarella Ham Burgers

Friday: 

Courgette Frittata

Saturday: 

Chorizo and Tomato Spaghetti 

Sunday: 

Sausage and Mash

Chicken and Chickpea Stew

My favourite thing about Autumn is comfort food. Having the house warm and full of the smell of stew, makes the dark evenings a little less worse! I usually make it during the day and let it simmer on a really low heat so it is ready to serve come dinner time.

Serves 4  Costs 93p a serving

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Korean BBQ Chicken and Sweet Fried Noodles – Encona Review

One of the best things I like about cooking is trying different foods so when I was offered the chance to review Encona’s new marinades, I couldn’t wait to get cooking! I received the Korean BBQ and Moroccan Harissa marinade. Korean food is something I wasn’t very familiar with so I was keen to try the BBQ marinade first. The hardest thing about making Asian food, which I love, is cooking on a budget whilst keeping the flavours. There are certain ingredients that I wouldn’t use every day so I try and make do with the things I have in my cupboard already.

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My Food Waste Journey

Did you know that the average household wastes around £470 worth of food and drink every year, even more for families? The most common reasons for throwing out food is that we cook too much or it gets left too long and spoils. As a budget cook, preventing food waste is high on my list of priorities. I go shopping weekly and buy exactly what I need for that week with the help of meal plans and a shopping list. Because I am on such a tight budget, if some thing goes to waste, I don’t have the luxury of buying any thing else. I make sure I eat before I go food shopping so I am not tempted to buy any thing that isn’t on the shopping list. Other wise, I would end up buying junk that just sits in the fridge or cupboard until it starts growing some other kind of life form! The only things I buy that aren’t on my shopping list are £2-5 worth of shopping for the food bank each week. You can also donate any thing in your cupboard which you are unlikely to use that is unused and in date.

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Wussy Chicken Korma

I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to curries and plus cooking for child, I lay off the spice. The good thing about making your own paste or sauce is that you put in as little or as much spice as you like. If you add too much or if you are cooking for children, try putting natural yoghurt or a squeeze of lemon on top after serving. The ingredients for the paste are things I usually have in the cupboard.

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Moroccan Chicken and Lentil Curry with Cauliflower Rice

I hope everyone is having a great week! I have been doing so much cooking and baking, trying to perfect some dishes and also coming up with some new ones so keep your eyes peeled!!

Cauliflower rice is something I’ve wanted to post for a while but it’s never turned out the way I wanted. I finally discovered that the microwave is the answer! If you don’t have a microwave, you can fry it in a little oil but I found this went a bit wet and soggy. It may sound like a strange thing to have with a curry but I can assure you that it doesn’t actually taste of cauliflower! It’s another clever way of getting more vegetables into my family’s diet and it’s a low carb opinion compared to rice. I have simply grated the florets with a corse grater but you can also blend it to become finer and can then be used as cous cous rather than rice.

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Hunters Chicken

This is my ultimate comfort food! It’s really easy to make and prepare. I even made the sauce from my store cupboard staples. Because I have two chicken dishes and a soup to make this week, I brought a whole chicken. The breasts will used for the hunters chicken, the thigh meat for a pie and the carcass as the stock for the soup.

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