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Random roast dinner Recipe! roast chicken, brussels in cheese sauce made after Xmas

Random Roast Dinner Recipe - Today's meal was a spontaneous creation using ingredients we already had on hand! Here's what I came up with: Roast Chicken, Brussels in Cheese Sauce made from reduced vegetables and cheese post-Christmas, Peas, Mushy Peas, Roasties, Root Veg Mash, Carrots, and leftover Yorkshires. To cap off the delicious dinner, we enjoyed a Rice Pudding with Chocolate. Ingredients: Whole chicken (£3.14) Brussels in cheese sauce (87p) 1/6 bag of frozen peas (13p) Mushy peas (32p) Root veg mash (free from Olio) 1/5 bag of carrots (12p) Onion (6p) 1/4 bag of potatoes (39p) Leftover Yorkshire puddings (previously costed as free) Gravy granules (16p) Total Cost: £5.19 This wholesome and hearty meal served five at an affordable £1.03 per person. Plus, the savvy move to freeze the chicken carcass, leftover meat, gravy, and even the freshly picked blackberries showcases excellent resourcefulness. Kudos to Jimmy and the kids for the blackberry-picking adventure! 😋 What D

Recipe - Tortelloni, tomato & mascarpone sauce, & garlic bread, slow cooked lamb & garlic

Recipe - Tortelloni with Tomato & Mascarpone Sauce, and Garlic Bread 🍎🧀 In need of some comfort food, we indulged in a delightful meal of Tortelloni with Tomato & Mascarpone Sauce, paired with Garlic Bread. The kids enjoyed the sausage and cheese-filled tortelloni, while Jimmy and I opted for a mix of Goat's Cheese & Caramelized Onion, along with Slow Cooked Lamb & Garlic varieties. The perfect remedy for a challenging day! Ingredients: 4 packs of tortelloni (£2.98, 2 were free from Olio) Pasta sauce (95p) Garlic bread (37p) Handful of grated cheese (44p) Total Cost: £4.74 This comforting and satisfying dish generously served five, costing only 94p per person. As an additional pick-me-up, you've shared some vibrant pictures from your garden—truly a feast for the senses! 🌸 What Did Chirine Say?    I was just thinking the other day I hadnt seen any of your posts for some time unless I just happened to miss them somehow hope you are all ok.  always like to see y

Recipe - Turkey meatball noodle soup, £4.65 fed 4 for £1.16 each

Turkey Meatball Noodle Soup Recipe 😋😋😋 I'm glad to hear that this Turkey Meatball Noodle Soup was a hit! Here's the recipe with your modifications—using turkey for a more budget-friendly option and swapping in chili flakes for that extra kick. Ingredients: Turkey mince (£2.49) Noodles (99p) Soy sauce, fish sauce, 4 stock cubes, garlic, ginger paste, chilli flakes (approx. 60p) 1/6 bag of frozen sweetcorn (22p) Handful of frozen spinach (free from Olio) 3 carrots (around 9p) 2 onions (12p) 3 celery stalks (approximately 14p) Total Cost: £4.65 This delightful and quick-to-make soup generously served four at an economical £1.16 per person. The clever move to freeze the leftovers into portions ensures that you'll have a convenient and tasty dinner option ready to go. Well done! 😊 What Did Sheila Say?  This got me curious so wanted to check it out. It looks very interesting and so good. I might have to give this a try.

Recipe - Homemade Ikea style meatballs, Ikea rosti’s, crispy onions

Homemade Ikea-Style Meatballs with Rosti Recipe, Crispy Onions, Lingonberry Jam, and Veggies, Plus Cinnamon Rolls for the Kids For the Homemade Ikea-Style Meatballs: Ingredients: Beef mince (£1.63) Reduced pork mince (56p) Onion (6p) Garlic clove (free from my garden) Egg (13p) 2 slices of bread (free from Olio) Total Cost for Meatballs: £3.38 Instructions: In a mixing bowl, combine beef and pork mince. Finely chop the onion and garlic, then add them to the mixture. Break the egg into the bowl and tear the bread slices into small pieces, adding them to the mixture as well. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, then shape the mixture into meatballs. For the Accompaniments: Ikea cream sauce (90p) Ikea rosti’s (£1.95) 1/2 bag of frozen broccoli (45p) 1/6 bag of frozen sweetcorn (13p) Total Cost for Accompaniments: £3.43 Meal Cost: £5.81 Instructions: Cook the homemade meatballs either by frying or baking. Prepare the Ikea cream sauce and rosti’s according to package instructions. Steam the broc

Recipe - Beef stew, brussels, mash, Yorkshires, £6.57 fed 3 for £2.19 each

Beef Stew Extravaganza with Brussels, Mash, Yorkshires, and a Kick of Horseradish! 😄 For the Beef Stew: Ingredients: Frozen diced beef (£4.50) A few carrots (10p) 2 onions (12p) Glass of red wine (84p) Beef bourguignon sachet (6p) Total Cost for Beef Stew: £5.62 Instructions: In a pot, brown the diced beef. Add chopped carrots and onions to the pot. Pour in a glass of red wine for a rich flavor. Mix in the beef bourguignon sachet for that special touch. Simmer until the beef is tender and the flavors meld. For the Accompaniments: Brussels (95p) Leftover mash (previously costed as free) Leftover Yorkshires (previously costed as free) Total Cost for Accompaniments: £0 Meal Cost: £6.57 Instructions: Prepare the Brussels as desired. Reheat the leftover mash and Yorkshires. Don't forget the horseradish to add that extra zing to your beef stew! For Lily: Ham Sandwich with Crisps & Strawberries (Olio) For Arlo: Enjoying Nanny's hospitality for a few nights! This hearty meal fed t

Recipe - Spicy garlic veg udon noodles, £5.61 fed 5 for £1.12 each

Spicy Garlic Veg Udon Noodles Recipe🌶️🍜 Plus, a sneak peek at the boys with our magnificent sunflower! 😵‍💫😮🌻 It's just about to bloom, radiating sunshine in our lives. For the Spicy Garlic Veg Udon Noodles: Ingredients: Mince (£1.63) 2 packs of udon noodles (on offer, £2.20) Pepper (55p) 1/2 broccoli (39p) Carrot (3p) 4 garlic cloves (approximately 12p) 1/2 bunch of spring onions (on offer, 19p) Soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey, chili powder, sesame seeds, sesame oil (approximately 50p) Total Cost: £5.61 Instructions: Cook the udon noodles according to package instructions. In a wok or pan, brown the mince. Add chopped pepper, broccoli, carrot, minced garlic, and spring onions to the pan. Stir in soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey, chili powder, sesame seeds, and a dash of sesame oil for that delightful flavor. Mix in the cooked udon noodles until everything is well-coated and heated through. For a side note: The boys' excitement about our biggest sunflower is contagious! The i

Recipe - Shrimp ramen with handmade dumplings & kimchi, loads of filling leftover

Recipe - Shrimp Ramen Extravaganza with Handmade Dumplings, Kimchi, and Spring Rolls! Ingredients: Ramen (5-pack, £1.25) Pak choi (£1) 1/3 tub mushrooms (19p) 1/2 pack rice cakes (£1.50) 1/2 bunch spring onions (25p) Handful of bean sprouts (12p) 1/2 jar kimchi (on offer, 80p) Couple handfuls of grated cheese (46p) Handmade pork dumplings (86p, made with homemade gyoza wrappers, pork mince from the Company shop, and veggies 🙂) Total Cost: £6.20 Instructions: Cook the ramen noodles according to package instructions. Prepare the broth using the ramen seasoning and add shrimp for a delightful flavor. In a separate pot, blanch the pak choi, mushrooms, and rice cakes. Slice the spring onions and arrange all veggies and shrimp on top of the cooked ramen. Place a handful of bean sprouts and a dollop of kimchi in each bowl. Sprinkle grated cheese on top for an extra indulgence. For the Handmade Dumplings and Spring Rolls: Ingredients (Dumplings): Handmade gyoza wrappers Pork mince from the Co

Recipe - Creamy apple & Somerset pork, with garlic mash, cabbage & Yorkshire puds

Recipe - Creamy Apple & Somerset Pork with Garlic Mash, Cabbage & Yorkshire Puds 😋 Kudos to Arlo for taking charge in the kitchen, and what a fantastic job he did—Lily even enjoyed it! Here's the recipe: Ingredients: Leftover pork (previously costed as free) Apple & cider sauce (on offer, 50p) 1/2 tub of mushrooms (28p) 1/2 bunch of spring onions (25p) Onion (6p) 1/3 bag of potatoes (50p) Garlic (free, homegrown) 1/2 cabbage (37p) Handful of frozen spinach (14p) Leftover Yorkshire puds (previously costed as free) Total Cost: £2.10 Instructions: Warm up the leftover pork in a pan. Add apple & cider sauce, sliced mushrooms, chopped spring onions, and diced onion to the pan. Allow them to simmer together for a flavorful mix. Meanwhile, boil and mash the potatoes with finely minced garlic for that delightful garlic mash. Steam the cabbage and frozen spinach until tender. Reheat the leftover Yorkshire puddings. Serve the creamy apple & Somerset pork over garlic mash

Recipe - Chicken pie with carrots (& an onion!), broccoli, mash & Yorkshire puds

Recipe - Chicken Pie Feast with Carrots, Broccoli, Mash & Yorkshire Puds, Plus a Sweet Treat! Ingredients: Leftover chicken (previously costed as free) Leftover gravy (previously costed as free) Chicken & veg soup (free from Olio) Handful of spinach (free from Olio) Puff pastry (£1.25) 1/4 bag of carrots (15p) Onion (6p) 1/2 broccoli (44p) Crispy potato slices (reduced, 52p) 1/3 bag of potatoes (53p) Eggs, milk & flour for batter mix (approximately 50p) Gravy granules (16p) Total Cost: £3.61 Instructions: In a pot, mix the leftover chicken, gravy, chicken & veg soup, and a handful of spinach. Simmer until heated through. Roll out the puff pastry and line a pie dish, then fill it with the chicken mixture. Top the pie with another layer of puff pastry, sealing the edges. Bake until the pastry is golden and flaky. For the Sides: Steam the carrots and broccoli until tender. Boil and mash the potatoes, creating an extra batch to freeze for convenience. Prepare crispy potato

Recipe - Crispy duck pancakes with hoisin sauce & cucumber, mushroom chow mein

Recipe - Crispy Duck Pancakes, Mushroom Chow Mein, and Mini Veg Spring Rolls - a delightful combination! Now, for the tough dessert decision between Chocolate Eclairs and Raspberry Turnovers. Tough choice indeed! 😋 Ingredients: Duck pancakes (free from Olio) Egg noodles (free from Olio) 1/3 bag of bean sprouts (25p) 1/2 tub of mushrooms (28p) Small amount of cucumber (18p) 2 spring onions (12p) 6 spring rolls (23p, box of 50 from Farmfoods £1.99) 1/3 jar kimchi (on offer, 53p) Total Cost: £1.59 Instructions: For Crispy Duck Pancakes: Reheat the duck pancakes according to instructions. Slice cucumber and spring onions. Assemble the pancakes with slices of crispy duck, hoisin sauce, cucumber, and spring onions. For Mushroom Chow Mein: Boil the egg noodles until cooked. In a wok, stir-fry mushrooms, bean sprouts, and cooked noodles together. For Mini Veg Spring Rolls: Prepare the spring rolls according to package instructions. Serve with sweet chili sauce. Optional Kimchi Addition: Add a