Frugal food

September 20th 2009

After spending so much on Japan (and trying to save some spending money), we’re trying to be a bit more frugal at home. Inspired by the great show Economy Gastronomy that’s just finished on BBC2, we’ve been trying to buy and cook food more cleverly to save money. It’s working pretty well and we’re actually eating more interesting and tasty things, too. Here are some recent meals.

Pie for dinner
A pie made with leftover bean stew. I made the stew last week and froze what we didn’t eat (a top EG tip) – it’s just made with tinned cannelini beans, tinned tomatoes and feta and olive antipasti, all bubbled together for half an hour or so. Simple addition of frozen ready-to-roll puff pastry turned it into a tasty pie. I’ll definitely make similar dishes again as the ‘leftovers pie’ was easy to put together and super delicious.

Stir fry
This is a really lazy dinner but super fast and cheap! A pack of mixed stir-fry veg (this lot even came with the chilli), fresh egg noodles, quorn and peas from the freezer, stir-fried with soy, sweet chilli, ginger (also frozen) and lemon juice.

Mexican is probably my all-time favourite cuisine. We usually just do fajitas with onions and peppers but for a change these are queasdillas, stuffed with black beans (just heated up from the tin) and strong cheddar cheese. The whole tortilla is then fried in a pan with a bit of oil and some Mexican seasoning, served with lots of sour cream.

Gratin dauphinoise
Dauphinoise potatoes – pure food porn! I could eat this lot of garlicky creamy spuds all on its own (last time I served it with baked stuffed Portabello mushrooms, though).

I’ve been flicking through my Leith’s bible for ideas for this week – on the menu will be jambalaya, Cajan veg pilaf, sweet potato falafel, aubergine & lentil moussaka and cauliflower and lentil dhal.

Comments (8)

  • Mike Laurie

    September 21st 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Looks great.

    She's got some great ideas but she's almost as annoying as Jamie Oliver. I haven't managed to get through more than 5 minutes.

  • Robin

    September 21st 2009 at 6:55 pm

    yum! great ideas.

  • Louise

    September 22nd 2009 at 9:20 am

    The Dauphinoise potatoes look amaaazing, I must try it out some time!

  • Milly

    September 22nd 2009 at 11:42 am

    That pie looks ace! Yumyum.

  • hannah

    September 24th 2009 at 8:26 pm

    all looks amazing! great idea!

  • Helen

    September 25th 2009 at 8:39 pm

    hmmm dauphinoise potatoes. yum. i love making meals from leftovers and freezing things! it makes me feel all economical and also environmentally friendly

  • The Illiterate Knife Rack

    November 13th 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I love queasdillas! Awesome with home made salsa. Nom nom nom.

  • Fru

    April 27th 2010 at 11:40 am

    Hey katie

    These look yummy

    : ) Fru

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