Working up Meal Plan 8 and Haggis & ideas on using it on £1 a day
I’ve had a little play with the shopping list ingredients, shared them out over the 7 days and this is what I’m thinking of at the moment
|day 1||porridge||lentil burgers with oriental salad||chicken casserole with dumplings|
|day 2||pancakes with peanut butter, soy sauce, chilli||ind pie of lentils, onion, sprouts, cabbage, carrots, oil, soy||stir fry with noodles|
|day 3||cabbage pancakes, chilli sauce||lentils & veg salad with chilli sauce & soy||chicken casserole with dumplings|
|day 4||porridge||ind pie of lentils, onion, sprouts, cabbage, carrots, oil, soy||stir fry with noodles|
|day 5||pancakes with peanut butter, soy sauce, chilli||chicken soup||chicken with coconut & peanut butter sauce|
|day 6||cabbage pancakes, chilli sauce||lentils & veg salad with chilli sauce & soy||savoury oats, roast veg|
|day 7||porridge||chicken soup||chicken with coconut & peanut butter sauce|
|Cakes & Bakes|
|oaty biscuits, plain scones , Bannocks with roasted veg hoummous|
I’ve got the lentils soaking in a saucepan, I’ll be cooking them tomorrow and starting to test the ideas here.
On Monday, I went to Uckfield Radio, a very local radio, to talk about Thrifty Lesley. The studios are in a beautiful rural situation at the picturesquely named Bird In Eye farm. Also on the site is a farm shop. So I had to go and have a look didn’t I
I got a lovely little bit of beef to slow cook. We had some of that yesterday with veg and mash and we’ll have the other tomorrow as a cottage pie. It was super tasty, a beautiful bit of local East Sussex beef. When cutting up the beef this afternoon to make the cottage pie, I separated the fat, put it in a small saucepan, and gently rendered it down. So now I have a simply delicious little dish of the most glorious dripping. Once the fat had all rendered out, there were half a dozen little crispy morsels left in the pan. They disappeared smartish in the direction of my mouth and mmmmm sounds ensued.
I also got a MacSween haggis
It can actually be purchased from Amazon, maybe just in January. My local butcher does it, and a vegetarian version too. If you haven’t got a butcher to get it from, and you would like some, here is the Amazon Link. MacSweens site says that haggis is available in several supermarkets.
I had a quarter for dinner this evening with a jkt potato and some veg. It was absolutely delicious, and very filling. As I was enjoying it, I was wondering if I could work it in to a Thrifty Lesley budget. It has such a strong, spicy flavour, it would work well in many dishes, and a little would go a long way. Like a spicy sausage.
You could use it instead of chicken in a haggis and onion pie, which would be gorgeous. MacSweeny’s site recommends using it in scones, which sounds lovely, or with raita in pitta which would be fab for lunch. Or you could make a tapas style dish of fried potatoes and haggis, sprinkle little bits on pizza, maybe with caramelised onions, in a risotto with little bits of caramelised, roasted swede. So there are lots of lovely ideas you can do with it and keep to a £1 budget.
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