Salted Cashew Couscous 30p a serving
Wanted to try a couscous salad that I have been doing for a while and see if I could get it sub 50p. Well, it worked out at 60p for the dish in the picture, and there is plenty there for two, so 30p each, billy bargain 🙂
125g couscous, £1.35/1kg, 17p
2 tbslp oil, £1.35/1 litre, 4p
Juice and zest of half a lemon, 85p/6 lemons, 7p
60g peas, 98p/kg, 6p
40g carrot, grated, 80p/kg, 3p
Sprig mint, basil and coriander if you have them
30g salted cashews, 75p/125g, 18p
1/4 onion, sliced very fine, 98p/2kg, 5p
Put the couscous in a bowl and add the zest and juice of the lemon, the oil and 125ml water. Add the carrot. Cook the peas (1 min in the microwave from frozen will do it) and add to the couscous.
Chop the herbs very finely and add. Mix in the cashews. Leave all to stand for 10 minutes or so. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
Half of this will be my lunch tomorrow. I wanted to make the recipe as reproducable as possible, otherwise I would have added some grated courgette as we have lots of them at the moment, and rummaged around in the fridge more to see what I could throw in.
You can add a great many other vegetables to this, depending on what you have. Cooked peppers from a jar, fine sliced radishes, fine chopped cucumber, tomato, raw or cooked broccoli or cauliflower. Or how about some roasted courgette and carrot, the red is a pepper that was in the fridge, have a look to see what you have in the fridge and cupboard and put in anything that you like in a combination, it will be yummy!
This features in Meal Plan 1, a complete 7 day plan for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks , all recipes and a shopping list
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