Hello Dear Reader,
I thought I would share a trick, that I used to employ to get as many veggies as I could into my children. They ate anything, they were given what we had and if they didn’t like it they were just left to go without. That way, they always ate whatever they were given. They loved stir fry and most children that I know also love it. The vegetables are left with colour and crunch and look and taste appetising. Today I made a variation on the theme of Chow Mein. I took: one chicken breast, one onion and one red pepper and chopped the lot into small cubes and threw them into a sizzling wok with some vegetable oil that was at smoking point. I then opened a bag of curly kale, very cheaply bought from Lidl and stirred half of it through the mixture. If you have children and you need to convince them to eat their vitamin rich dark green cabbage, such as savoy or spring greens, then finely shred them and add them to stir fry, you can also ‘hide’ them in spaghetti sauce.
I then added some noodles that I’d already cooked and two sachets of Chow Mein sauce (I always buy them when they’re bogoffs or three for £1)
Dinner was then served in the flash of a pan. The noodles are dropped in a pan of boiling water and they’re cooked by the time I chopped the onion, pepper and chicken breast. The kale and red pepper is packed with vitamins, the sauce is low fat and low calorie and it’s totally delicious.
Total costs? Chicken £1, pepper 33p, onion 25p, sauce 33p noodles 40p kale 35p – Freshly cooked, Chow Meinish! £1.33 each. I also saved the hassle of walking to the take away, where chicken chow mein costs £4.40 each! I googled their take away menu and wouldn’t dream of wasting £8.80 on two take away meals that I could make for pennies and in minutes!
What do you make that saves you a fortune that you would otherwise spend at the take away?