Herby Omelette, chips and peas 31p – Meal Plan 10
2 eggs, Asda £1.40/12, 23p
350g frozen chips, Asda 75p/1.5kg, 18p
200g peas Asda 78p/kg, 16p
20ml veg oil, £1.10/litre, 2p
Total cost 62p, 31p a serving
Per serving 550 calories, 2g protein, 25g fat, 57g carb
Use the dried herbs, or if you have any fresh on the windowsill or in the garden, use those. If using fresh, chop them finely. I used 6 fresh sage leaves. One big one in each omelette, and 2 fried in the remaining oil after the omelettes had been removed from the pan. But it wasn’t very strong and the omelette could have done with at least one more leaf each, if not two.
Cook the chips as per the packet instructions.
When they are done, get the peas in a saucepan and bring to the boil, turn them off and drain well. Heat the omelette pan until smoking hot. Beat one egg a little, add half the dried or fresh herbs, season and tip into the pan. Cover with a lid if you can. They will only take a minute to cook the bottom. Uncover, flip over and leave for a few seconds, then tip out of the pan onto the plate and serve immediately. Cook the second egg in the same way.
Use a small frying pan if you can or the omelette will be too spread out. Mine is about 10cm across, about the size of a saucer.
Use any herbs you have to hand, fresh are nicer than dried if you can get them. If you want to, and have any available, many additions can be made to an omelette. A few fried mushrooms, a sprinkle of cheddar, a couple of oven dried tomatoes, 3 or 4 prawns, a crispy rasher of bacon, a few shreds of chicken. Have a look and see what you have got in those little dishes in the fridge – you do keep your leftover bits and pieces – don’t you?
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