Here is your second thrifty eat (I am on a roll).
This recipe is my second ‘raid the cupboard’ meal and my housemate’s absolute fave. It is super cheap (a good thing for this site) and super yummy. I took the recipe from BBC Good Food, available here: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1364/spicy-root-and-lentil-casserole
What goes into it and how much does it cost?
Olive Oil: Lidl £2.84 (used a little bit)
One onion: Local veg shop 5p
Garlic: Local veg shop 10p
Leftover spuds: Morrisons £1
4 carrots: Local veg shop 20p
2 parsnips: Local veg shop 30p
Mild curry powder (a good spoonful) 87p
Vegetable stock cube: ASDA 78p
Red lentils: ASDA £1.00 (I’ve tried with cous cous in the past and it’s just as nice)
Coriander from jar: ASDA 68p
Low fat natural yoghurt: ASDA 45p
Chapati: ASDA 50p
Total meal cost: £4.00
How do I make it?
1. Chop your onion with some garlic and get them frying in a pan with some oil for about 3 minutes.
2. Chop all your veg into nice chunky pieces and add to the pan. Cook until the veg has a golden colour, about 7 minutes.
3. Add some curry powder, as much or as little as you like. I add a good wack, but it’s completely up to you.
4. Boil some water and add to the pan, well covering all vegetables. Crumble in a vegetable stock cube and your lentils and bring to the boil.
5. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Come back to check it hasn’t stuck on the bottom of the pan and keep stirring.
6. Stir in some coriander with some seasoning and cook for a further minute.
7. Pop your chapatti, one at a time to heat up in the microwave. Around 20 seconds should do.
8. Serve with a big dollop of the yoghurt and enjoy!
What’s the verdict?
This is such an easy meal to do and is so so good. Lovely if you have vegetarian friends over and you’re not sure what to cook them.
Plus, as always, it’s so cheap! Perfecto!