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no beans on toast or baked pototoes please.
meal for 2.
and you've got change
Like pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes? So I can guage what you need to be buy. I'm thinking a spicey bean stew with chrozio so you can blow all your budget on chorizo:
but all the basics are covered in the cupboard
OK, ignore chorizo. Buy a tin of mixed beans/three bean salad it's often called, one onion, one red pepper and as much hard cheese (parmesean, cheddar, etc) you can buy with the leftovers.
If using the chorizo, cut into disks and fry until a bit crispy. Remove from pan and add chopped onion, pepper (garlic if you have it) and gently fry in pan with some salt and pepper. Add chili powder to taste, then add tomatoes and a bit of sugar. You can add balsamic if you want. Cook for a bit and add the drained beans, cook a bit longer until done. Add some fresh herbs if you have them (BASIL!).
Serve with rice.
Fresh chili storage tip: take out of plastic bag they come in and leave in a cool dark place (but not as cool or dark as the fridge). They last longer and dry out – rather than turn to mush – and you can still use them when dry.
voila - chilli oil
Yellow Pepper (70p)
Tin of tomatoes (30p)
I've given you 30p worth of cheese and 20p worth of pasta, obviously you'd have to buy more in one go.
^That was to Meths
..you're gonna get sacked in a minute.
Or replace the pom bears for 2 cake/dessert things of your choice
if you have either wine or cider knocking about.
1 x garlic
1 x dodgy tomato paste
8 x mushrooms
Mix tomato paste with olive oil if you have some, or whatever other oil you have lying around.
i was hoping for something more extravagent on the cheap
51p change, can be used for a wispa or something.
1 x Wham bar (pudding)
and roasted veg- pepper, carrot, sweet potato ect
1 x can of beans
1 x packet of smash (the 89p one) (or 2 potatoes. whatever)
1 x eggs to be cooked however you like
nom nom nom
pasta - stuff you have in the cupboard will do
maybe an onion if you're feeling fancy and rich
do the bacon with garlic and white wine optional, fine chop some onion and throw that in. cook your pasta. beat an egg in a bowl add some of the cream. once the pasta is ready, pour the cream and egg mix over the pasta while its still warm, this will cook the egg, throw in your bacon and onion. stir around. hey Methso! lurvely.
add in some parmesan if you so wish.
This is a great cheap and very tasty meal.
but def use the onion. Not really carbonara but massively tasty. Bacon will prob take you over budget but can get a little pack over pancetta cubes or lardons for about a quid most places...
whoever recommended the 3 bean salad is my saviour.
I'll happily take the change from the £2.50 for my saviour fund.
its in the wednesday dinner balance sheet now
Sainsbury's were doing packs of ready-to-eat mussels for £2 or £3 the other day, and Loyd Grossman pasta sauces for £1 a jar. Chuck a thing of mussels in a pan with a dollop of tomato and chilli sauce and a dollop of cream and pour it over some pasta (plus parsley if the budget'll stretch that far).
I made this last night, it's dead good.
Dirt cheap tins of chopped tomato, 2 or 3.
4 or 5 large cloves of garlic, peeled and cut in half.
Half a very very finely chopped onion
Squeeze of tomato puree
Lots of pepper, bit of salt
Optional (if you have it around)
A hand full of cherry tomatos, halved
Chopped up black olives
balsamic vinegar (add a couple of tbsp of sugar if you do)
fresh italian herbs, chopped (I had oregano/thyme from some pots)
Chuck it all in a bit baking dish, mix it about and pop it on a medium oven for about 45 minutes, stir occasionally.
When it's almost done pop the pasta on in a large pot, lots of water. Drain it a little al dante then throw it back in the pan with a splash of olive oil/butter/marge, just use the residual heat in the pan. Get the pasta nice and coated and then tip in your roasted tomato sauce.
Bit more black pepper and some cheese if you have (finely grated is better)
It's really not complicated, you get a lovely flavour from the roasting, it's dirt cheap and most of the "posh bits" you should have in a cupboard or can skip.
potato and lentil curry with rice?