Every meal should contain three things: plants, protein and fats.
Some meals seem to go with salad, others with veg but every meal should include some fresh plants (white potatoes don’t count), preferably including 2 or more colours and something non-starchy. When you make real food from fresh ingredients, it’s easy to make sure you always have some. It’s often the plant part that’s missing or cooked to death in junk food.
Pea and Chorizo risotto with Sea Bass
One of my favourites! I had this in a pub near Bath and have been making it ever since. Recipe serves 2 adults.
Put the kettle on to boil for stock
Put a knob of butter in a large frying pan 10p
Chop 1 x small onion and cook for 3 mins 10p
Add 125 ml risotto rice 30p
Stir around for a minute or two then add a little stock 7p
Simmer gently, adding more stock as it is absorbed.
Slice two ‘blobs’ of chorizo and add to pan 70p
The rice will take about 20 minutes to cook
In a small frying pan heat another knob of butter 10p
Cook two small fillets of sea bass, skin side up first £3.00
Turning fish over after 3 minutes.
5 minutes before the end, add two good handfuls of peas 12p
When everything is ready, add a tbsp of grated Parmesan 25p
to the risotto and stir through.
Total for this totally awesome meal £4.74. That’s £2.37 per person.
I later couldn’t find sea bass at the price originally posted (it must have been on offer), so I’ve redone the costings. This meal is now >£2 but still much more fabulous and still cheaper than most take-aways and ready meals if you can afford to treat yourself.
To complete my week of meals under £2, I added a bonus recipe – Leek and Mushroom Tagliatelle for £1.27.
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