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Roasted Vegetable Bolognese

29 Dec

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If, like me, you are totally sick of turkey after eating nothing else for the past week, then this should be the perfect antidote. A twist on everyone’s favourite dish, spaghetti bolognese, this uses roasted vegetables to give a delicious flavour and an awesome texture, and the paprika also gives a depth of flavour that you don’t find in regular bolognese sauce. It should be very healthy, although you might want seconds!

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

Tip: I’ve kept this recipe very simple, but if you wanted to add extra vegetables then mushrooms or grated carrot, cooked with the mince, would go very well.

Serves: five people.

Cost per person: £0.82 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 400g beef mince
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tsps paprika
  • 2 tsps mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C, and heat a pan drizzled with oil in the oven.

2) Slice the peppers into thick strips and the onion into quarters, and place in the hot oil, making sure they are coated on all sides. Cook for around 15-20 minutes, until they are starting to crispy at the edges.

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3) Chop the garlic and fry with the mince for around 5 minutes, until browned.

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4) Add the chopped tomatoes and season with paprika, mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.

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5) Once the onion and peppers are cooked, remove from the oven. The onion should have separated into strips, but pull it apart if it hasn’t.

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6) Add the vegetables to the sauce and simmer for 2 minutes.

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7) Serve with pasta or spaghetti and enjoy!

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Ricey Cheesy Mess

8 Dec

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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).

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

Method:

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

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

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

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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.

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Cheat’s Tartiflette

7 Nov

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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).

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

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C.

2) Cut the baking potatoes into slices.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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10) Tuck in!

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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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One Pan Egg and Potatoes

6 Oct

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This is a great dish when you want to knock something up quickly, because it’s all cooked in one pan and takes almost no time at all. It’s also really healthy!

Tip: this would also be tasty with some chopped cherry tomatoes added at the same time as, or instead of, the pepper.

Serves: two people.

Cost per person: £0.56 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 potatoes, cooked
  • 1 small onion
  • 1-2 small peppers
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Slice the potato and fry on a medium heat with the chopped onion and garlic for 5-10 minutes, until the potato is golden brown on both sides. Season with mixed herbs, salt and pepper.

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2) Add the chopped pepper and fry for another minute.

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3) Make a space in the pan and add the eggs. Fry for 2-3 minutes, until the eggs are cooked.

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4) Tuck in!

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Burritos

27 Sep

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These are a delicious treat that are surprisingly cheap to make – the rice helps to keep it a budget dish. They’re great with just cheese, or even better filled with lettuce, sour cream and guacamole. I’ve written beef in the recipe but it doesn’t really matter what meat you use for these either – I used beef and pork mince because it’s so much cheaper than just beef.

Leftover mince should be fine to reheat for around three days if kept in the fridge, or around a month if frozen. It’s best not to reheat the rice though.

Tip: this dish can be made as mild or as spicy as you like. If you’re cooking for people with different tastes then try making a mild mince and add tabasco sauce or chilli flakes to individual portions.

Serves: six people.

Cost per person: £0.81 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 6 tortillas
  • 1 onion
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 can (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large or 2 small peppers
  • 300g rice
  • 180g grated cheddar cheese, or similar
  • 1-2 tsps chilli powder
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Chop the onion and fry on a high heat with the chilli powder for around 5 minutes, until soft and golden.

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2) Add the mince and cook for another 5 minutes, until brown.

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3) Add the chopped tomatoes and season with the mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer on a high heat for around 10 minutes, until the juices have mostly boiled off.

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4) At the same time put the rice on to boil. When cooked drain, rinse well with boiling water and set aside.

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5) Add the chopped pepper to the mince and cook for around 2 minutes, to ensure it stays crunchy.

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6) Serve the rice, mince and grated cheese in a tortilla, and roll into a burrito shape.

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7) Roll into a burrito shape and tuck in!

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Tuna Melt Piadina

13 Sep

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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).

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

Method

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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9) Tuck in!

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