Month: August 2013

Pasta, Peas-N-Cheese, 22p

“Hey Sprout, do you want tomato and cheese with your pasta, or peas and cheese?” “Cheese!” “Yes, but do you want tomatoes, or peas?” “Peas!” “Peas and cheese?” “PEAS AND CHEESE!” That’s how that conversation went with SB today, having spent all day painting and cleaning and coming home to a rather limited cupboard (and equally limited levels of energy to drag myself in the kitchen to cook – yes, I have off days too…) I decided to fall back on pasta, a piece of cheese in the top of the fridge, and gave him the option of accessorising it with either half a can of chopped tomatoes, or half a can of mushy peas. This resulted, and I watched astounded as he devoured the lot, mentally adding it to my ‘quick lazy dinners’ list… Ingredients (Serves 4): 300g pasta, 23p (39p for 500g, Sainsburys Basics) 300g mushy peas, 19p (19p, Sainsburys Basics) Cheese (I used a Sainsburys Basics mozzarella ball at 44p for 125g, I’d have preferred hard cheese but didn’t have it in!) Optional – 1 vegetable or chicken stock cube, 2p (20p for 10, Sainsburys Basics) Optional – Handful of mint – from the herb garden. First, bring a saucepan of water to the boil, adding the stock cube to the water. Add the pasta and reduce the heat to simmer for around 10 minutes. When...

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Spiced Chicken & Mandarin Tagine, 68p

This spiced chicken and mandarin tagine will serve us for two nights in a row – the chicken legs were a rare treat in this week’s shopping but I’ll get two nights dinner from them, plus a stock base for a soup or risotto on Wednesday. I still rifled through the bottom shelf to find the cheapest pack, and thought I had it at £1.92, but then found one for £1.88 instead! (I’ll do something with the half a can of mandarins tomorrow too…) Ingredients (Serves four): 4 chicken legs, £1.88 (Sainsburys Basics) 1 large onion, 11p (loose, Sainsburys) 2 fat cloves of garlic, 5p (£1.90/10 bulbs avg 8 cloves each, Sainsburys) 400g chopped tomatoes, 35p (Happy Shopper) 1/2 can broken mandarin segments, 12p (23p/312g, Sainsburys Basics) 15ml white wine vinegar, 3p (£1.15/500ml, Sainsburys) 15ml lemon juice, 4p (60p/250ml, Sainsburys) 1 vegetable or chicken stock cube, 2p (20p for 10, Sainsburys Basics) 1 tsp cumin, 5p approx (£1/jar, Sainsburys) 1 tsp turmeric, 5p approx (£1/jar, Sainburys) 1 tsp paprika, 5p approx (£1/jar, Sainsburys) 1 small red chilli – herb garden Handful of fresh parsley – herb garden Handful of fresh mint – herb garden First, place the chicken legs skin side down in a large non stick pan (I used my ‘everything’ sauté pan that I’ve had for an age and literally do most of my dinners in…) Bring...

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