People have been snapping up my recipes like hot cakes when I’ve had a stand at events. And with a whole week of delicious main meals for £10.50 a head it’s no wonder. Here’s a list of what I’ve posted:
1. Pasta with salmon sauce £1.60
2. One pot chicken £1.84
3. Spag bol £1.46
4. Liver and onion £0.81
5. Pork Stroganoff £1.87
6. Pork in mushroom and cream sauce £1.65
7. Leek and mushroom tagliatelle £1.27
Plus a bit of luxury
8. Pea and Chorizo risotto with Sea Bass £2.37
I was asked to put together a shopping list for the week and here it is!
I’ve used a limited palate of flavours to make your shopping complement more than one meal. Start by checking what you already have in your house. You can use things you’ve got instead of the ingredients listed so nothing is wasted. Add things to your shopping list that you need to buy.
If you’re new to cooking, break yourself in gently rather than stocking your cupboards with staple ingredients all in one go. Many of these ingredients keep for ages and will be enough for lots of meals once you have them.
Things to keep stock in your:
Stock cubes or bouillon powder
Tinned tomatoes (1 tin does recipes 1, 2 and 7, plus 3 for bolognaise if you make the big batch)
Dried herbs – parsley, oregano or whatever you prefer
Vinegar – white wine, balsamic or apple cider
Sadly we tend not to have pantries now but garage or shed works well for long-lasting fresh ingredients.
Onions – why not buy a bag of small wonky ones?
Potatoes – these last for months if kept in paper rather than plastic, in a cool, dark place. We have a farm nearby that sells a big sack for £6 which we eat from October until March. Find out if you have one near you; it’s much cheaper than the supermarket.
Tip – Onions and potatoes last longer if not kept close together.
Shopping list for the week
– for the week’s recipes for 2 people:
Fresh produce – the part of the supermarket to spend most time in
1 x lettuce or a cabbage
(Ready chopped salad leaves are very expensive and have been washed in chemicals and packed in an artificial atmosphere. They start to wilt as soon as you open the bag and a couple of days later, whatever is left is getting mushy and smells bad. Whole lettuces last much better. Keep them in the veg drawer at the bottom of the fridge so they don’t get too cold. Cabbage is very versatile. You can shred it finely for salad or steam it for veg. It lasts longer than lettuce, has more nutrients and is cheaper.)
1 x bag of spinach
(Best to buy this later on for recipe 6 then use it for salad or steam briefly for veg on other days.)
4 x carrots
8 x radishes
12 cherry or baby plum tomatoes
1 x bulb of garlic
(Try growing your own. Plant a clove or two from the bulb you buy, between September and December. Harvest in July.)
New potatoes for 2 people
1 x lemon or a bottle of juice
1 x large or 2 x small leeks
1 x tub double cream
Parmesan (buy it fresh, grate and freeze in containers)
4 x chicken thighs
2 x pork steaks
1 x pork tenderloin
1500g of beef mince to make the whole 16 portion batch or 200g to make just for 2 people.
300 g of liver
1 pack salami milano
Fresh herbs – parsley, dill (buy them fresh and freeze in bags or containers)
Dry / tinned
1 x 213g tin of pink salmon (healthiest with bones – buy in brine, not oil)
To add the luxury recipe of the pea and chorizo risotto with sea bass:
2 x very small sea bass fillets
2 x blobs of chorizo
You don’t need to go down the ready meal aisles at all so you save time as well as money when you shop.
Enjoy your cooking, enjoy your food, enjoy better health when you give up processed food!