Another week, another set of meals. We did our food shop just before Spencer’s payday which meant that we didn’t have much money so went shopping with no list, just the intention of buying all the food that was cheap or reduced. So here we have a week’s worth of unplanned budget food.
Fish Fingers in Batter, Chips and Mushy Peas
This was a convenient meal from the freezer and cupboard. I always keep frozen chips & fish and always have a cupboard full of various varieties of tinned peas. This is one of my most favourite meals ever, with plenty of salt and vinegar it is a real treat, and also cheap & easy to make too!
Chicken & Prawn Stir Fry
We picked up some diced chicken and prawns in the quick sale in Tesco so I decided to make a stir fry with those. I have ready to Wok noodles in the cupboard along with stir fry sauces so I added these and some peppers to create another cheap and simple meal.
Cauliflower Cous Cous with Garlic, Chorizo, Hazelnuts and Peas
The cauliflower cous cous was on quick sale in Tesco so I decided to buy it and make a few lunches for the week with it. I raided my fridge, freezer and cupboards for ingredients to add to it. It was actually very tasty, the strong flavours of garlic and chorizo were absorbed into the cauliflower, I finished it by grating a little cheese over the top.
Pork and Honey Chipolatas, home made potato rostis and baked beans
As with a lot of my other meals, the chipolatas were on quick sale. We go shopping in the evening which is when shops tend to reduce things so there are a lot of bargains to be had. The beans are another of my cupboard essentials and the rostis were a last minute make. I grated potatoes, cheese and onions in my food processor, separated into balls which I then flattened and baked in a muffin tray for half an hour, I then grated a little more cheese over the top and grilled for five minutes.
Roast Chicken Dinner
We bought a prepared whole chicken from Tesco, they only cost something like £5 which is a real bargain, also, if you have the checkout smart app you can claim £1.50 back (or at least you could when we went shopping). The sprouts were part of a 3 for 2 offer, the roasties were home made and the Yorkshire puddings were ones that I had previously made and frozen. The gravy was made with granules because I was being lazy.
Spiralised carrot and courgette with bolognese
The spiralised carrot and courgette were in the 3 for 2 in Tesco along with the sprouts above. I bought some beef mince in the quick sale, added garlic, onions, herbs and a tin of tomatoes to it for this delicious dish. Tinned tomatoes are another item that I always keep in the cupboard. This was my first time trying courgetti and carroti (?), it was strange at first but once we got used to it we really enjoyed it, a nice alternative to pasta.
What have you been eating this past week? Have you tried spiralised vegetables as an alternative to pasta, or had them with any other dish?