Variations on a Soft Cheese theme, from 18p sandwiches to 25p dinners
I still have some of the soft cheese from the Mackerel Pate left in the fridge and have been wondering what to do with it. It tastes really nice, doesn’t cost too much and seems to go a long way.
I really love garlicky Boursin, so I stirred some garlic paste in and slathered it onto some French stick – result… delicious. Would make a good sandwich for lunch to take to work, if a bit pongy. 50g seems to be about right for a sandwich, so that would be
- 2 slices from a 47p loaf 4p, or use a Sainsbury’s Basics Pitta also 4p
- 50g soft cheese 73p/300g, 12p
- half tsp garlic paste, Rajah £1.30/210g, 2p
- so 18p for a sandwich/pitta
All sorts of things could be added. Some fine chopped fresh herbs are the first things that occur – chives, basil, parsley , a mixture
some fresh leaves, spinach or lettuce, cucumber or radish, and if from the garden, would be at no cost, or if you are like Jack Monroe and like your chillies, a little sprinkle of fresh chilli would liven things up a bit
a couple of slices of fresh tomato, sandwich them between layers of the cheese tho or the sandwich would probably be soggy by lunchtime
so what else…. you could add a tblsp of the Broccoli Pesto or Wild Garlic Pesto to the sandwich with the soft cheese – maybe not add garlic to the cheese tho if using the Wild Garlic Pesto, otherwise your co-workers might make you eat your lunch outside on the step!
or a tbslp of tomato puree stirred through the cheese, that would be lovely with some crispy cucumber slices if you had any
how about a small carrot grated and stirred through, maybe with some fine chopped parsley and a spritz of lemon or the zest of half an orange
have you ever tried raw, grated swede or parsnip? They taste very different to the cooked vegetable. Either of those would be lovely with some creamy soft cheese in a sandwich, pitta or wrap
or 3 or 4 green or black olives, chopped, would be lovely and tangy (99p/350g jar from Sainsbury’s)
riffing on a sweet theme, how about a handful of grapes, halved, and perhaps a trickle of honey
or a tbslp of red berry jam in between 2 thin layers of soft cheese
or a couple of chopped, dried dates, and maybe a trickle of honey
or a small handful of fine chopped walnuts
or a small handful of raisins, or any other dried fruit, sultanas, currants etc
and what could we do with it for a main meal?
the tomato puree stirred through would be lovely, and make for a very quick supper
- 2 tbslp tomato puree, 35p/142g 7p
- 50g soft cheese, 73p/300g, 12p
- 80g value pasta, 39p/500g 6p
- so for a supper for one, 25p
you could add some olives, chopped up, (99p/350g jar from Sainsbury’s), and maybe serve it with some green veg if you have any, or salady bits, but it would be fine on its own
you could stir some garlic paste through and some fine chopped herbs if you have any, with or without the tomato puree
a bit of chilli to liven things up if you like it
or you could make a proper tomato pasta sauce by chopping and frying an onion until transparent, then adding a tin of chopped tomatoes and simmering for 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper and some chopped fresh basil if you have it. Now stir through some of the soft cheese, add 200g of value pasta (cooked) and voila – supper for 2. You can whizz the sauce before adding the pasta if you like your sauce smooth, or just leave it chunky.
So… over to you. This seems to be a pretty versatile ingredient, what ideas have you had to use it?
Edit – last week (mid August 2013) I went to the Aldi at the bottom of the road where my daughter lives, and they had packs of own brand soft cheese, same size, for 45p! So that makes all the ideas that little bit cheaper
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