Christmas Meal Plan – Parsnip Soup, Scone & Mince Pie, 37p
This Christmas Meal Plan parsnip soup could scarcely be easier.
240g parsnips, Asda Chosen By You, 680g pk/91p, 32p
750ml boiling water
Total of 32p
Put the parsnips and boiling water in a pan and simmer gently for about 15 minutes, until the parsnips are soft. Season well with salt and pepper. Whizz smooth, or leave a few lumps in there if you like a bit more texture.
While that is happening, make some plain scones.
135g self raising flour, 45p/1.5kg, 4p
50g Best for Baking, 250g/49p, 10p
Total of 14p
Put the flour in a bowl. Add the spread and rub in until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Add just enough water to bind the mixture into a soft dough.
Turn out onto the worktop and pat gently to a square shape about 2cm thick. At this point you can either cut the scones into more little ones, or fewer big ones. Just cut down the middle and slice up each half into whatever size you prefer.
Whichever you do, place your scones on a greased baking tray and bake at 220C/200C fan/gas 7 for 12 minutes for diddy ones and 20 minutes for larger ones.
You could brush them with milk and sprinkle crunchy salt flakes on top if you have any, or grind some pepper over
Too, too moreish warm from the oven. When I made some Tomato Scones, I suggested some different alternative flavourings that you might like if you have any of the ingredients to do it with.
Put the hot soup into 2 bowls, and serve with a scone or 2 each. Follow with a mince pie (Asda Chosen By You, 6/85p)
There should be a scone or two left, so have that/those whenever you want to
The soup and scone (if you use all of them) cost 46p all together, include a couple of mince pies for an additional 28p, making 37p each
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one