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Ricey Cheesy Mess

8 Dec


This is such a quick meal to make, and great for when you’ve almost run out of food – everything in it is pretty much guaranteed to be in the fridge. It’s also really versatile, and you can chuck almost anything in, depending on what you have or prefer. It’s not the prettiest food (hence the name!), but is really tasty and very easy to make, and is essentially a really cheap version of risotto.

It doesn’t really matter what cheese you use, but strong-flavoured is better; I use mature cheddar. The stock cube also isn’t essential, but it gives this dish a lot more flavour and just generally makes it more awesome.

Tip: if you have leftover (pre-cooked) chicken you can use that instead of the bacon, and it’s really tasty.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £0.42 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).


  • 180g rice
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 75g grated cheese
  • 1 onion
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


1) Put the rice on to boil, with the stock cube in the water.


2) Chop the onion, garlic and bacon, and fry for around 10 minutes on a low heat. Season with mixed herbs.


3) Add the pepper and fry for another 3 minutes.


4) Drain the rice and mix in the bacon and vegetables with all but a small handful of the cheese. Serve with the rest of the cheese sprinkled on the top.


Cheat’s Tartiflette

7 Nov


This is a perfect dish now that the weather is getting colder, because it’s really hearty and filling without being stodgy. The ingredients are all things that you probably already have in the fridge, so it’s really good for when you need to make something quick but tasty.

It’s also a great play on the classic French dish tartiflette, which is delicious but a lot more expensive as it uses double cream and reblochon cheese where I’ve used milk and cheddar, making it a perfect treat on a budget.

Tip: this would be really tasty with bacon in all of the layers, but if you want to do this I would suggest frying it first so that it crisps up a bit, as just cooking it in the milk won’t give it as nice a texture.

Serves: three people.

Cost per person: £0.63 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).


  • 3 baking potatoes
  • 1 rashers bacon
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 100g cheddar cheese (or similar)
  • 100ml milk
  • 2 tsps mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper, to season


1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cut the baking potatoes into slices.


3) Cover the bottom of a casserole dish with a layer of potatoes. Season with garlic, mixed herbs, salt and pepper.


4) Cover with a third of the grated cheese and half a roughly chopped onion.


5) Add another layer of potatoes and cover with another third of the cheese and the rest of the onion. Season with garlic, mixed herbs, salt and pepper.


6) Add another layer of potatoes and season with garlic, mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Chop the bacon rashers into pieces and cover the potatoes with them. Drizzle with vegetable oil.


7) Cook in the oven for 10 minutes, then add the milk and return to the oven.


8) After another 10 minutes, remove from the oven and stir, to avoid the milk curdling.


9) Add the rest of the grated cheese and cook for another 10 minutes, until the cheese has completely melted and the potatoes are cooked.


10) Tuck in!


Tuna Melt Piadina

13 Sep


This is a popular recipe in Italy, and it’s great to make when you want something that’s both filling and healthy – tuna is very good for you. It’s a bit like a toasted sandwich, but much tastier!

This is best served as soon as it is cooked, so serve the first as soon as it is done and then cook the second one.

Tip: this would also be great with the addition of some sweetcorn with the tuna, or with spring onions instead of onions. If you would prefer it to be more crunchy the onion can also be used raw instead of fried.

Serves: two people.

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


  • 250g self raising flour
  • 125ml water
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 can (200g) tuna, drained
  • 30g cheddar cheese (or similar)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


1) Finely chop the onion and fry on a medium heat for around 5 minutes, until soft and golden. Set aside.


2) Mix together the flour and water in a bowl until it comes together, then form into a dough with your hands and knead for a few minutes.



3) Divide the dough into 2 balls and flatten each piece to around 18cm wide.


4) Fry the dough on a medium heat for around 3 minutes on each side, until lightly golden and puffed up.


5) Whilst the dough is frying finely chop the apple and mix together with the tuna and onion.


6) Remove the bread from the pan and carefully slice it in two by cutting around the edge and gradually cutting into the middle. Spread one half with half of the tuna filling.


7) Sprinkle with cheese and put the other half of the bread on top and press down gently.


8) Place it back in the pan and fry for another 3 minutes on each side, until golden on the outside and melted inside.


9) Tuck in!


Cheese and Vegetable Spaghetti

2 Sep


This is a very cheap and simple recipe which can be made with lots of different variations, making it perfect for when you need to use up food before it goes off.

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

Tip: if you wanted to you could also add some cooked, chopped bacon to the sauce at the same time as – or instead of – the vegetables. I used broccoli in mine, but some other vegetables that would go well are:

  • Peas
  • Sweetcorn
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflour
  • Leeks

Serves: four people.

Cost per person: £0.34 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).


  • 400g spaghetti
  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 600ml milk
  • 100g grated mature cheddar cheese (or similar)
  • 75g broccoli
  • Salt and pepper, to season


1) Melt the butter over a medium heat.


2) Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes.


3) Take the pan off the heat and gradually stir in the milk, until you get a smooth sauce.



4) Return the pan to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly.


5) Put the spaghetti on the boil. At the same time, season the sauce with salt and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes.


6) Cut the broccoli into small florets and boil for two minutes. Stir the cheese into the sauce, and simmer until it melts.


7) Drain the broccoli and stir into the sauce.


8) Drain the spaghetti and serve.


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).


  • 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


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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Tuna Fishcakes

10 Jun


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).


  • 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


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


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.


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


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!


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


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