Affordable alternatives

 Hello Dear Reader,

I like Coq au Vin or Chicken Chasseur or any kind of chicken stew or casserole. Chicken pieces are extremely expensive and it’s always cheaper to buy an entire chicken. You can make this recipe from chicken thighs (which I usually do) but this version is even cheaper.

I stocked up the freezer when Quorn pieces were on offer for 99p a bag in Tesco’s. I still have a few bags tucked away. Take two bacon rashers, 4oz of mushrooms, 2 carrots, 1 bag of quorn chunks, one onion from the store in the dry shed and one sachet of Chicken casserole mix of which I have several left from my last Approved Foods order. Finely diced and fry the onions, add sliced mushrooms and carrots, fry gently until cooked. Add the quorn, three quarters of a pint of water and a sachet of casserole mix. Allow to simmer with a lidded pan for 20 minutes.

At the same time cook the potatoes with the cabbage in the steam above for the same time.

You’ll then have a much cheaper alternative to chicken casserole or chicken stew in under half an hour at a fraction of the cost. I even have a marg tub of casserole ready to go into the freezer, with another marg tub of mashed potato and I have a meal ready for another day. Again, here’s another meal for well under £1 a serving from Frugal Towers.

Well then dear reader, what affordable alternative do you make do with?

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxx


12 thoughts on “Affordable alternatives

  1. In the Winter months we light our Aga to heat our water and for our cooking. We let it out at the first hint off Summer though and it still hasn't been turned on yet! So we have no heat and we have to cook on the elecric. I am really tight with it so usually use one ring and put all the ingredients in together. So our meals don't really have names as such lol. I usually chop up a few potatoes, an onion (for taste), a couple of carrots, a few frozen peas, a pre-cooked bag of chopped meat (I cook all my joints together in the oven at the same time then cut into portions and freeze for later), add hot water from the kettle (this saves on hob time) herbs and stock cubes. So that is how we feed our family. I am looking forward to the Aga coming on in the near future but we will hold out as long as possible:-)


  2. Joyful – Quorn is a substitute for meat but I thought maybe I should give you the 'proper' definition so I looked on Wiki for it. Here goes: “Quorn is the leading brand of mycoprotein food product in the UK and Ireland.[1] The mycoprotein used to produce Quorn is extracted from a fungus, Fusarium venenatum, which is grown in large vats.[2]

    Quorn is produced as both a cooking ingredient and a range of ready meals. It is sold (largely in Europe, but also in other parts of the world) as a health food and an alternative to meat, earning the Vegetarian Society's seal of approval.[3] As it uses egg white as a binder, it is not a vegan food.”

    I hope that helps:-)


  3. Savings Pounds, it was nice of you to answer me 😉 Thanks. It does help. So if I understand you, the quorn is not a soy based substitute at all but made from fungi. I would probably like it then but I've never seen it here in Canada.


  4. Joyful – Quorn is a pretty good substitute for meat from a taste and texture aspect – i often use the chicken chunks like Froogs has shown in this posting, the texture is slightly different from chicken but it is great in anything with a gravy or a sauce – I make a veggie curry with mainly butternut squash and chickpeas in a curry sauce in my slow cooker and freeze it in appropriate sized portions and then microwave the defrosted version with some quorn 'chicken' chunks for the time on the pack (a few minutes) and its a great quick meal done in the time it takes the rice to boil


  5. Quorn is apparently available in Australia now but I have yet to find it. Coming into summer we have a lot of salads and I often buy a cooked chicken reduced at the end of the day. The next day it is a simple matter to serve cold meat with salad. My family just do not do stews etc very well. I am allergic to seafood and egg which limits choices. So every time I am near a store I search for cheap protein.


  6. We love chicken and have it quite often . I either buy it whole, or buy a packet of thighs or drumsticks. I don't buy chicken breasts because they're so expensive but this Summer I found that ASDA were selling BBQ chicken packets with 3 breasts, 5 drumsticks and 6 for around £3 per kg whihc I thought was a good price as the breasts alone cost upwards of £6.


  7. Like you, I try to steam a green veg over the top of the boiling potatoes. And buy a whole chicken rather than the pieces. If there is just one spoonful of ketchup in the bottle, or chutney in the jar, that usually gets rinsed out with asplash of boiling water to add oomph to a stew. And a handful of oats or lentils will stretch the stew even further.


  8. Hello from the east coast of Canada! We have an Aga – wood fired – that we light for heat and cooking. Once winter comes on, I rarely cook on the electric stove. We also tend to gather in one room to watch tv, read, munch something – and that helps the lights etc. For food? We grow as much as we can and are having tonight, cream of carrot soup, made with in chicken broth which I cook down and freeze in ice cube trays, potatoes, carrots of course, onions, thyme, bay leaf and cayenne to taste – we like it jumpin' Add milk or if we are feeling posh, cream!


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