...the secret weapon of the frugal housewife!
At the end of December my budget went seriously off the rails. This morning I settled down to review my spending for the first three weeks of January and I'm proud to report that our food/household budget is currently £25 per week. I don't have a useful chest freezer for bulk buys etc. - just the small one below the fridge - so I'm really pleased with this total!
I'm also pleased that darling hubby isn't complaining. He's a committed carnivore so it's been quite a challenge to 'hide' the smaller cuts of meat by adding more veg. Given that he also takes left overs and microwaves them for lunch...you'd think there would have been some kind of whimper!! However, at the moment I seem to be getting away with it.
His favourite, frugal casserole seems to be Chilli Chicken. I can stretch two chicken breasts into five portions with this one. I just cube the chicken; chop up a couple of onions, celery, peppers and carrots; put it all in a large casserole dish with a stock cube, a tin of chick peas and a couple of tins of chopped tomatoes; add garlic, paprika and chilli powder and cook for a couple of hours.
It re-heats brilliantly and works really well with a cheesy breadcrumb topping, rather than rice or potatoes. To be honest, I think it would be equally nice without the chicken at all... but I suspect that might be a step too far for my little meat eater!!
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