Do you ever get stuck in a rut of just buying something ready made from the shop instead of making it yourself? This is exactly what I have been doing with naan bread! When I found out they were incredibly cheap and easy to make, I haven’t brought any since.
I was actually supposed to be making a dish to fit in with Chinese New Year but didn’t realise I had run out of 5 spice until I started making it (I’m kinda tired)!!
It was pretty delicious without it but if you do want to try it just add 1 tbsp of Chinese 5 spice. I’ve used pork loins but can use which ever cut or even meat you wish.
Last week I picked up some salmon portions in the reduced section for 50p each. We do not eat fresh fish very often as it’s usually so expensive. I asked for suggestions for a dish to cook on my blogs Facebook page and I was not disappointed, I wish I had picked up some more salmon now!
This dish was really simple to make. The rich sticky fish goes really well with the fresh tasting noodles. You may want to add more chilli powder if you prefer spicy food but the amount I put in was perfect for my children and my wussy self!
In our household we are currently trying to be extra healthy after eating a few too many treats over the Christmas season!
Lamb is a great source of protein, zinc and iron. Recently I was asked to create a recipe using Welsh Lamb. It is excellent quality with its certified PGI status that guarantees that the meat has been reared and prepared to the highest standard.
The lamb I received was a very lean cut. It tasted lovely and tender in my slow cooked lamb biryani and completely debunked the myth that lamb is a fatty meat.
For Christmas I received a slow cooker, I have been meaning to get one for ages but have always had something more important to spend my money on!
My first experiment was pulled pork. It’s a dish that all my family love but I have never attempted to make it myself.
The pork joint leg joint cost £2.80 for 1.9kg and I completely underestimated how much it would make. It gave the four of us (two hungry adults and two toddlers), enough for three different meals.
At the end of the week I am always left with a few leftovers from lunches and dinners. This week I managed to picked up some baking potatoes that had been reduced to 5p, so I thought it would make a fun meal to combine them with the leftovers and a few extras. Both my kids loved being able to pick their own toppings and it was great not having waste any food!
These are really cheap and easy to make, plus both my toddlers actually loved them (hurrah!!). I had a couple left over so they went into the freezer for another day. The fish paste is very budget friendly, they still taste just as delicious as ones with fresh fish.
Makes: 6 Cost: 32p each
This week my toddler chose three of the meals, normally she only wants pizza but she actually asked for pie and wraps too, so I couldn’t refuse! All meals are under £1 a serving and easy to make.
Budget Fishcakes (trial recipe)
Hunters Chicken with carrots and new potatoes
Cheesy chip and salad wraps
Chicken and Gravy Pie (trial recipe)
Pizza Rolls and Salad
I recently brought a lot of reduced bags of carrots from Asda for 5p, I have frozen some for meals or snacks during the week and the rest I’m making a soup with. Carrot and coriander is one of my favourite soups to make because it doesn’t require much preparation!
Serves 3-4 Costs: 26p a serving
Do you ever get stuck for ideas when it comes to lunches? All these lunches can be prepared in advance or are quick to prepare, and not a sandwich in sight! We usually have a different fruit/veg to go with each meal too. This week we have kiwi, apples, clementines, baby carrots and banana.
Cheese and Pepperoni Toastie
Carrot and Coriander Soup
Chicken and Salad Wraps (using leftover chicken from roast chicken and myTwo Ingredient Flat Breads
Jacket Potatoes with Baked Beans and Cheese
A very rare lunch out!!