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Spicy Chicken and Feta Noodles

23 Oct

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This is a really tasty dish which is full of flavour, and has the added bonus of being extremely healthy. I love the combination of flavours in this recipe, which tastes kind of like a cross between a stir fry and a Greek salad.

It isn’t hugely spicy but it has a bit of a kick to it so the melted feta is great at balancing out the spice, and is definitely my favourite thing about this dish.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £0.86 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 3 boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 vine (or similar) tomatoes
  • 25g baby spinach (about a large handful)
  • 50g feta cheese
  • 2 tsps cayenne pepper
  • 120g noodles (2 nests)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Chop the chicken and fry for around 10 minutes, until sealed and beginning to turn golden brown.

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2) Add the onions and cayenne pepper to the chicken, and fry for another 5 minutes.

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3) Chop the tomatoes in half and add them to the chicken and onions. At the same time put the noodles on to boil.

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4) Add the spinach and chopped feta to the chicken and cook for 2 minutes, or until the feta starts to melt.

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5) Serve with the noodles 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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Tuna Fishcakes

10 Jun

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This is a tasty and fairly simple meal to make, and it doesn’t take too long either. It’s also pretty darn cheap and very good for you!

If you wanted to add your own twist you could try adding finely chopped onions, spring onions or sweetcorn to the mixture, or a bit of extra chilli to give it some spice.

Tip: you could replace a little of the fish with more potato, to make the fish go further.

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for a day or two, but keep them in the fridge and make sure they’re piping hot.

Serves: five people.

Cost per person: £0.69 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 250g potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 400g canned tuna, drained and flaked
  • 50g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed or finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsps dried thyme
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp cayenne pepper or chilli
  • 4 tsps flour
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Boil the potatoes for 10 minutes. Drain, mash and leave them to cool.

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2) Mix together the tuna, cheese, garlic, thyme, cayenne pepper/chilli and egg. If you want to add onions or sweetcorn (the sweetcorn needs to be pre-cooked) now is the time to do so! Season with salt and pepper.

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3) Mix the mashed potato into the tuna mixture, making sure it’s evenly mixed.

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4) Divide the mixture into four or five, and make into thick burger shapes. Sprinkle them with flour, salt and pepper on both sides and fry them in vegetable oil for around 4 minutes on each side, until golden. Be careful not too cook them too long or too hot – they burn very easily!

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5) Serve with potatoes and vegetables, or a green salad for a lighter meal. Et voila!

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