Meal Plan 8 – Chicken & Dumplings 37p
240g cooked chicken, 680g meat gleaned from a 1.3kg/£3.22 bird, £1.13
150g onion, Asda 2kg/£1.08, 8p
200g carrots Asda 2kg/£1.14, 11p
200g self raising flour, value 1.5kg/45p, 6p
90ml veg oil, 1 litre/£1.25, 11p
Total cost £1.49, 37p a serving
per serving, 503 calories, 17g protein, 30g fat, 42g carb
Peel and chop the carrots and onion. Put a tsp of the oil in a large saucepan and saute the veg until soft. Add the chicken and enough water to cover everything. Season well.
While the veg are cooking, mix the flour and oil together and add enough water to make a dough. Pinch of large walnut sized lumps and roll in to a ball.
Once the veg are cooked, bring the veg and water to the boil and add the dumplings. There are quite a few, so you may need to cook some of them separately. Simmer gently for a few minutes. I timed mine for 5 minutes and walked away and left them. The ones with the chicken and veg were fine, the ones in the saucepan had boiled to a mush. So I would advise keeping a close eye on them!
If you are following meal plan 8, this makes 4 portions, serve it to two people, twice. If you have any flavourings in the larder, mustard in the dumplings would be lovely, or some mixed dried herbs, or some fine chopped rosemary, chives or sage. Add any other veg you would like, some peppers maybe, a few peas, serve with mashed swede, savoy cabbage,
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