Tag Archives: Vegetarian

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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Cheese and Vegetable Spaghetti

2 Sep

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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).

Ingredients:

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

Method

1) Melt the butter over a medium heat.

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

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

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

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

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

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7) Drain the broccoli and stir into the sauce.

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8) Drain the spaghetti and serve.

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Sweet Potato and Spinach Curry

28 Aug

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Although this isn’t the cheapest recipe I’ve made, it isn’t too expensive and is well worth a little extra cost. Strong flavours and colours give this dish a real sense of luxury despite being on a budget, and it’s one of my favourite curries.

I’ve tried not to use too many spices in order to keep costs down, as it can get very expensive if you don’t already have them. However, turmeric really does add to the flavour of this dish which is why I’ve included it alongside the chilli.

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

Tip: if this recipe is too spicy for your liking try only using 1 tsp of chilli powder, as the turmeric is more important to the flavour of the whole dish than the chilli is.

Serves: four people.

Cost per person: £0.91 (price based on Tesco Value ingredients).

Ingredients:

  • 500g sweet potato, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 can (400ml) coconut milk
  • 250g baby spinach
  • 2 tsps turmeric
  • 2 tsps chilli powder
  • Salt, to season
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Boil the sweet potato for 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

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2) Chop the onion and fry on a medium heat with the garlic and turmeric for 3 minutes.

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3) Add the chilli powder and fry for another 2 minutes.

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4) Add the coconut milk and stir in well. Simmer for 4-5 minutes, until the coconut milk has thickened slightly.

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5) Season with salt and stir in the sweet potato. Simmer for another 4 minutes.

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6) Add the baby spinach – don’t worry when it doesn’t all fit in the pan! Simmer for 3 minutes, or until the spinach has wilted.

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7) Serve with rice, naan bread or chapattis.

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Egg Fried Rice

21 Aug

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This is an extremely cheap and very easy recipe to make, and it’s great either as a dish on its own or as an accompanying dish to oriental food such as Chinese.

Leftovers should be fine to reheat for around three days if kept in the fridge, or this dish can also be eaten cold.

Tip: I’ve left the recipe vegetarian and very simple, but it would be great with some bacon if you wanted a more substantial meal – just chop it up and fry it with the mushrooms.

Serves: two people.

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 150g mushrooms
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 200g rice
  • 3 tsps soy sauce
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Method

1) Cook the rice for around twelve minutes, or according to the instructions on the packet. Drain and set aside.

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2) Beat the eggs and fry for around 1 minute until set, then remove from the pan and slice into strips.

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3) Chop the mushrooms and fry for around 3 minutes, until golden.

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4) Add the peas and chopped garlic to the mushrooms and fry for 1 minute.

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5) Add the rice to the pan and stir through, before adding the soy sauce.

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6) Stir the chopped egg through the rice.

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7) Serve immediately, with a little more soy sauce if you wish.

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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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