I haven’t made this for the longest time. It’s a recipe from my notebook that I got from Weezl, she of Cheap Family Recipes fame.
I made it again this week and am enjoying it on a slice of my home made granary bread, toasted, for breakfast. Do give it a go, super cheap, great for breakfast, hollow leg filling and packed lunches too
Priced at Asda Feb 2019
150g red lentils, 500g/£1.15, 34p
3/4 pint water, or stock
2 medium onions, 75p/kg, 15p
3 cloves garlic or equivalent, 20p a bulb, 5p
2 tblsps sesame oil 250ml/£2.39, 29p
3 tsp mixed dried herbs,30p/18g, 5p
50g breadcrumbs (2 slices) 55p a loaf, 5p
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
tsp any vinegar except malt
Simmer the lentils in the water/stock for about 15 minutes until the lentils are very soft. DO NOT DRAIN.
In the meantime, chop and cook the onion in the oil. Add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes more.
Once the onions are soft and cooked through, mix everything together.
Taste the seasoning and add more salt, pepper or vinegar if needed.
This makes a big box full of pate. Keep it in the fridge, or pop it in the freezer if you aren’t going to use it in a week. You can pre-assemble sandwiches and freeze them too.
Total cost 93p for 800g
Nutrition per 100g 81 calories, 3g protein, 4g fat, 8g carbs
Cost per 100g 12p
I LOVE this! It’s very tasty and like the Lentil Nut Loaf, very versatile, amenable to all kinds of different flavouring
The protein from the lentils provides a big whack of protein, making this lentil pate sustaining. I love it on home made granary toast, with a tomato or cucumber slices on the side. In a sandwich, I like it with a little mayo and lots of lettuce.
Next time, I might use coconut oil, and perhaps some curry paste. Or sesame oil and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top of the pate. Add any chutney you have to your sandwich, a bit of salad, some coconut flakes. Flavour your pate or add on top when using, any of curry powder (not paste as paste needs to be cooked), tomato paste, miso, fish paste, soy sauce, any kind of mustard. Maybe add a sprinkle of raisins. Or use with a slice of chicken, a sliced boiled egg. Whatever you have really.
The items that need counting in this recipe are 2 tblsps of oil (12 Syns) and 50g of breadcrumbs (5 Syns) in the whole recipe. If you cook the onion in Frylight, you can remove the oil Syns, although the oil does contribute flavour.
Other than that, this delicious spread is Free. I had my first taste of it with a huge carrot made into batons. Lovely!
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