When you try and keep food costs to a minimum, the ‘nice things’ often cost so much that you just don’t buy them any more. Spices are great but can often go off and curry pastes can be too expensive that you just don’t buy them. I tried Lidl’s thai curry paste and their garlic paste. We love garlic, but I don’t like my hands, my chopping boards or my worktops to smell of it so I tried garlic paste and it’s remarkably good.
Tonight, I made a stir fry of what ever I had and used some of my ‘Approved Foods’ store cupboard essentials to liven things up.
The butternut squash and broccoli were on the yellow sticker reduced to go section of Morrisons and were less than half price, the onions and peppers have been lurking in the bottom of the fridge since before we went away.
The prawns were half price and on offer (Muriel – this is how most seafood is sold in the UK, even lobster and langoustine are cooked and frozen and ‘pret a manger’) and the chard is out of my greenhouse.
A very quick flash fry in a tablespoon of oil.
Add half a pack of frozen prawns, we could easily eat more, but we can do with less.
I added a spoon of thai curry paste and mine was ready to eat.
To the rest, I added the chow mein sauce, bought from Approved foods four for £1.
The above photos are in the wrong order, but I added the shredded chard at the end, I just wanted to wilt it.
Dearly Beloved had his with rice, Tesco Value of course! I had mine, Dukan style, without sauce, without rice. Heaps of nutrition, lots of fibre and tastiness and not many calories and very little cost.
Veggie days are my favourite days when I get to eat as many of a certain type of veg that I want, and as you can see by my bowl full, I like plenty of veg!
Love Froogs xx