Archive | July, 2013

Tomato, Spinach and Chickpea Spaghetti

29 Jul

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This is a simple and extremely healthy meal, and is a favourite of mine to perk you up when you’re feeling tired and run down – it’s full of vitamins so makes you feel loads better, as well as being really tasty.

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for around three days if kept in the fridge, or around a month if frozen.

Serves: four people.

Cost per person: £0.49 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 350g spaghetti
  • 1 can (400g) chickpeas
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 60g baby spinach
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1-2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Fry the onion and garlic on a medium heat with the chilli powder for 3-4 minutes, until softened.

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2) Put the spaghetti on the boil. Turn the onion down to a lower heat and add the chopped tomatoes, simmering gently. Season with mixed herbs, salt and pepper.

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3) A couple of minutes before the spaghetti is cooked, drain and rinse the chickpeas and add them to the sauce.

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4) Add the spinach leaves and simmer for 1-2 minutes, until the spinach wilts.

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5) Drain the spaghetti and serve! Sprinkle with a little grated cheese if preferred.

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Pancakes

18 Jul

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Pancakes are great – cheap, easy, and you can fill them with pretty much anything. Everyone loves them, yet no one eats them all year apart from Pancake Day!

I ate mine with sliced banana, golden syrup and vanilla ice cream, but you could also have them with a savoury filling. Some great filling ideas are:

  • Blueberries and strawberries with whipped cream or mascarpone
  • Sliced banana with nutella and ice cream
  • Mushrooms, ham and cheese
  • Chicken and leeks in a creamy sauce
  • Bacon and brie
  • Blue cheese and leeks
  • Garlic mushrooms with cream cheese

Serves: six people.

Cost per person: £0.06 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 55g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 100ml milk, mixed with 40ml water
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Sift the flour with the salt into a large mixing bowl.

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2) Break the egg into the flour, and whisk them together.

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3) Whisk the milk into the flour and egg mixture.

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4) Lubricate the pan with the oil then get it really hot, before turning it down to a medium heat. Spoon about 2tbsp of batter into the pan, spreading it around with a spatula. After around 30 seconds the underneath should be golden; flip it over and cook for just a few seconds on the other side.

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5) Add your filling of choice and enjoy!

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Classic Beef Burger

10 Jul

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It’s been such gorgeous sunny weather lately that I just had to do a recipe for a good old-fashioned beef burger for all the barbeques going on at the moment! It’s a very simple recipe, and you can add your preference of tomato, cheese, ketchup etc to it however you want to.

Serves: four people.

Cost per person: £0.49 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 50g tomato puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion
  • 400g beef mince
  • 20g breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp chilli powder/cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Whisk together the tomato puree and egg. Season and add the mixed herbs and chilli powder or cayenne pepper.

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2) Finely chop the onion and mix this into the tomato puree and egg mixture, along with the mince and breadcrumbs.

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3) Shape into patties (I used a burger press but your hands are fine if you don’t have one!) and either barbeque, or fry on a medium heat for around 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through – you can check by cutting into the burger with a knife if you aren’t sure if it’s done.

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4) Put the burgers into a bun along with your favourite fillings and enjoy!

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Breakfast Pizza

9 Jul

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Not only good for breakfast but for any meal of the day, this is a really quick and tasty dish, and it serves one person – perfect for those nights when you only have yourself to cook for so you don’t know what to make as nearly every recipe serves two-four people!

Tip: I’ve made the recipe very basic, but if you have either to hand then some fresh basil and sliced tomatoes would taste great added to this.

Serves: one person.

Cost per person: £1.08 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • One tortilla
  • One egg
  • Three rashers of bacon
  • 2 tbsps tomato puree
  • 25g grated cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Fry the egg, until just set but not overcooked. Set aside.

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2) Fry the bacon until cooked. Set aside.

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3) Brown the tortilla in the frying pan, for about a minute on each side.

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4) Whilst the second side of the tortilla is browning, spread it with the tomato puree. Sprinkle on the mixed herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the bacon and egg.

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5) Sprinkle with the grated cheese and place under a hot grill until the cheese has melted.

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6) Tuck in!

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Eat Seasonably

7 Jul

I found this on Pinterest, and I thought it looked really useful. Fruit and vegetables are much tastier and also cheaper when they’re grown in season, as opposed to out of season fruit and veg which is grown in poly-tunnels or flown in from halfway across the world, and never tastes anywhere near as good as the in-season stuff!

eatseasonably

http://pinterest.com/pin/85286986666110449/

Spicy Tuna and Tomato Pasta

6 Jul

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This meal is a great one for when you’re running low on food and need to use up things from the back of the cupboard. It’s also good for when you’re in a rush as it only takes ten minutes to prepare and cook!

Tip: you can make this dish as spicy as you want by using more or less chilli powder. If you’re not a fan of spicy food then it still tastes good if you only use 1/2 a tsp of chilli powder – I wouldn’t leave the chilli out entirely, as using a little bit still gives some flavour without actually making the dish spicy.

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for around three days if kept in the fridge, or around a month if frozen.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £0.79 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 200g pasta
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can (185g) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1-2 tsps chilli powder
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Put the pasta on to boil. Whilst it is cooking chop the onion and garlic, and fry them for around 3 minutes with the chilli powder on a high heat.

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2) Turn down the heat on the onions. Add the tin of tomatoes and cook for around 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

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3) Add the tuna to the tomatoes and onions and heat through.

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4) Drain the pasta and serve!

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