Hello Dear Reader,
Vegetables have to be able to get up and walk away on their own before I throw them away. Scruffy ends of celery can be used if you chop them up and throw them in a sauce or stew. It also doesn't have to be winter for me to use my slow cooker or crock pot. How many of you use yours in the winter but stow it away in the summer months. It saves me so much money that I would otherwise spend running the electric oven. It even uses less electricity than my mini-oven.
We both get back from work by six in the evening and after work and an hour in the gym, I'm really hungry and it's great to be able to eat really quickly. I try and use my slow cooker all year round as it saves me time and a lot of money too.
Beef Stew and Dumpling - Serves 4.
375g of Braising Steak - £1.50 - Here's how I bulk buy from the butchers to save money on local meat.
1 onion 23p
2 carrots 7p
half a head of celery 35p
1 pack of dumpling mix - 20p (5 for £1 - Approved Foods)
Mixed beans 23p
Beef Casserole recipe mix - 10p (10 for £1 - Approved Foods)
1 tin of peas - 20p
Spring greens - 69p
Total - £3.34 - 83p per serving.
There's two parts to this - AM & PM.
Before work, cut beef into cubes, peel and chop carrots, celery and onions, take beans out of the fridge that I'd cooked earlier and add the lot to the slow cooker. You can add or use any vegetables that you have. Just use them up. Use anything from the freezer, that you've canned yourself or that is in a tin in the cupboard. If you have an abundance of chick peas then use them. I used a pack of recipe mix, which made the gravy and added that. I then stirred it, switched it on and went to work for the day.
After work, I followed the instructions on the dumpling mix and formed them into six dumplings. Two for DB and one for me. I balanced them on top of the bubbling stew and prepared the spring greens. I finely sliced them, rinsed them and steamed them. Whilst it was all cooking, I went out to sweep the driveway and water the garden. I popped the tinned peas, minus the tin of course, into a bowl and microwaved them.
I thought I would show you my food savers, which covers the food in the fridge and when I reheat them.
That's another part of the stockpile eaten. Ladies and Gentlemen, I am on a roll!!!! How's everyone else's frugal food faring? Who else keeps their meals under or around a pound? No idea if you can eat a meal for an Australian, Canadian, American or New Zealand dollar? How about the readers in the Eurozone, can you eat for a euro? Let me know what frugal fare you can cook for your equivlent of £1.
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Love Froogs xxxx