reply to post by wantsome
Now you're talking my language wantsome!
I'm the cook in our family, and i make our food budget go a loooong way, and we can still have the odd bit of junk here and there, so you don't have
to go without a little bit of what you like.
To all those saying to ditch the ciggs...that's all very well to say if you do not smoke, but if you do it's a hard thing to get rid of.
Here's a couple of meal ideas (and recipes) that will allow you to feed yourself and or your family good, nutritious and tasty food, that's
Chilli Con Carne (serves 8-10 BIG portions).
NOTE: This chilli is *HOT*...that's how we like it.
800g lean minced beef.
3 large white onions (chopped).
4 large bell peppers, 2 red and 2 green chopped into 1cm cubed pieces.(smart price value brand @ £1.35 for 6)
2 tins plum tomatoes (chopped or whole, value brand)
2 or 3 tins of kidney beans (17p each at Asda/walmart value brand)
1 or 2 tins of generic/value baked beans.
1 tablespoon of tomato purée (generic brand)
2 beef stock cubes (generic)
3 or 4 heaped tablespoons of dried Oregano (generic)
6 cloves of garlic.
6 finger chilli peppers (or Bird eye chilli peppers) chopped very small. (can use dried if you want, cheaper)
2 heaped tablespoons of chilli powder (yep, you guessed it - generic brand!)
2 teaspoons of black pepper.
Cheap Olive oil / Olive pomace oil - 3 or 4 tablespoons.
NOTE; *Do not add ANY salt* to this chilli, the garlic will be enough, and if you add salt it will ruin the chilli.
In a large pot, heat the oil over a medium-low heat and add the minced beef, stirring for a minute.
Crumble over the mince, your 2 stock cubes and stir.
Add in your 3 large onions (chopped into 1cm cubes) and stir for another minute.
Add your black pepper, chilli powder, finely chopped chilli peppers, *half* of your Oregano and *half* of your garlic, and stir.
Add your chopped bell peppers and again stir for a minute, turning everything over and mixing well (don't crush the ingredients though).
Add in both tins tomatoes, the tins of kidney beans (add the water they're in too, don't drain them) and mix well.
Top up with water, i normally don't measure the water, just go by eye...but usually i guess about 1 - 1.5 pints, and stir.
Add the tomato purée, and stir.
Reduce heat to a slow simmer (just bubbling) and leave *uncovered*.
Stir every 10 minutes or so, so the food doesn't 'catch' on the bottom of the pot.
I normally let the chilli simmer for about an hour, stirring every 10 minutes.
You'll notice a kind of film will develop on the surface. It's a kind of orange foam that forms on top. When this foaming more or less stops, the
chilli is almost ready.
Now add the baked beans, the rest of Oregano and garlic and stir, simmer for another 15 minutes.
It's ready! CHILLI TIME!!!!
We normally don't eat potatoes, not too keen on them in our family, but we eat Basmati rice almost every day instead.
We buy 10kg sacks of Basmati rice for about £12, and that would last us...well, ages. a couple of months at least, but you can buy cheaper rice
varieties, but we like Basmati the best and it's only a little more money.
We eat what we want the day i cook it, and end up putting about 6 of those plastic takeaway trays (with lids) full of chilli in the freezer to have
whenever. If you wanted to make more, just double or treble up on the ingredients, and get a much larger pot (if you have room in your freezer, why
My chilli is famous far and wide! My recipe has found it's way all over the place through friends and family and they all say it's delish!
If anyone's interested i can do a similar recipe for Chicken curry (*HOT*) and Chinese pork and vegetables, both of which can be prepared and frozen
for weeks/months in the freezer.
I once worked it out, that each meal costs less than £1.00 (about 60p actually), about $1.00 each.
Everyone can eat well and have enough to eat...just stay away from the junk, fizzy pop (soda).
A nice fizzy pop / soda alternative that is free of artificial crap, is to buy a value brand / generic bottle of fizzy water and add your own fruit
juice to it (about 30% juice to water) i think apple juice tastes best, but orange is good too.
And it's healthy for ya too!
Good luck mate, don't worry you can manage.
edit on 11/3/2011 by spikey because: (no reason given)
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