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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Lower Spend New Year

My freezer is relatively full with all sorts of things, so I'm going to make use of what I have in there. When I batch cook I freeze excess meals so there is a lovely assortment ready to be eaten, so much so I've completely run out of my plastic food containers. So by eating some of the prepared meals I make room in freezer and have empty food containers ready to undertake more batch cooking, with the ingredients I have stowed in there. It's like one of those Tile puzzles. You make a space and then fill it! 


As I'm trying increase the number of vegetarian meals we have I've made a start with a large pot of slow cooker vegetable curry. I believe there is enough in each container to have with rice and as a topping for baked potatoes. My yellow sticker shopping should help with my quest, as I invariably bring home punnets of mushrooms for 30p and we really love mushroom stroganoff. I've been stockpiling a variety of tinned beans ready to make a bean chili. I think the key to some of the veggie meals is to slow cook them and wait for all the flavours to mature. I'll dice and freeze any additional YS mushrooms and  peppers and use this in savoury rice. Another slow cooker meal will be chunky vegetable stew, this can be served in a large Yorkshire pudding as the stew wont contain potatoes. The left over  Christmas cheese has been grated ready to make crust less quiches, they are so simple to make and really tasty. 

Although I'm trying to keep costs down in January I will be buying fish and vegetarian burgers. I've been told Linda McCartney's quarter pounders are good so I'm giving them  a go while they're on offer (£1).  I've also taken advantage of Lidl's weekend low fat mature cheese offer at £1.19 instead of £1.99. 

Far too much chocolate has been consumed over Christmas and we still have some left but its gone to a cupboard far, far away LOL.
I did buy some bargain choc in Asda which has been squirreled away for presents. Elizabeth Shaw Mint Crisps 63p, Benedicts mint creams 50p and Cadbury assortment bags £1.50. They were all really good dates and the Cadbury bags were so full of chocolate (Freddo's, buttons and fudge) I've split them into 4 piles and bagged them for the grandchildren for Easter. My grandchildren love what's in the egg but not the egg itself!! Bye for now. Tx 





18 comments:

  1. I shall be eating more vegetarian this year as well, my husband isn't keen but he can still have meat, I am going to eat meat only 2 or 3 times a week. Good idea with the sweets for the children. xx

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    1. I've been trying out bots and pieces on hubby and he's living it. I love traditional cottage pie but I add lentils and veg to it now. So again its reducing the meat intake.

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  2. I eat very little meat and this year I want to get some veg lasagnes in the freezer so Mark can have his meat ones and I can have mine. I've never made a veg one so need to look for a recipe, unless you can recommend one?

    Bagging the sweets up is a good idea. Tom's not over keen on solid chocolate bars but likes things like maltesers,fudge and milky ways. He definitely didn't get my gene where chocolate is concerned lol. xx

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    1. We've made a very tasty lasagne using Quorn mince - bought on half price offer, of course : )

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    2. Unfortunately Quorn gives me painful wind😱. So I'm changing to turkey mince with green lentils and mushrooms until I can find a complete vegetarian recipe that I like. Chocolate is my weakness. I freeze it so I eat it slowly (suck it to death) 😂
      Suzanne,

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    3. Thanks. Jo, I've tried quorn in the past but I'm not over keen on the texture. I shall have a look and see what I can find. Love the frozen chocolate tip. I prefer my chocolate cold so I need to try that to make it last longer. xx

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  3. I am hoping to eat more plant based menus this year as well. I have a feeling most will be some kind of soup. Perhaps a curry or two down the road if I get really daring.

    God bless.

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    1. I've seen quite a few articles recently headed up 'plants are the future'. I think it's the way forward. We can't keep eating the amount of meat we do now. Our environment will suffer.

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  4. Your plans sound really good. All the best with them.
    xx

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    1. Thanks Joy. Small changes that I hope we can stick to.

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  5. I am a meat eater but quite enjoy a vegetarian burger, so I might give these a go! I can understand your grandchildren not liking the actual Easter egg chocolate so much, I’m sure they use a far cheaper chocolate for them.

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    1. It wouldn't surprise me if you were right about the shell being made from a different recipe. That's probably why they don't like it. I've heard good things Linda McCartney veggi stuff.

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  6. I'd like to have more veggie meals this year too - I think I need to look more at Middle Eastern/Turkish cuisine to suit my taste there though!

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    1. I made a Moroccan weight watchers cottage pie with green lentils it was delicious. I think flavour is important.

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  7. How funny because I ran out of plastic storage tubs just after Christmas too! I have been saving anything I can, but now on the other side and starting the 'eating it up' routine. Hubby will not eat vege, but I am cutting down a bit on the amount of meat we eat and increasing vegetables in almost every meal. I am also continuing to make soup weekly with leftover and tired veg, even though it does get a little boring.

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    1. Hi Alison, my hubby was more reluctant about the veggi thing but I've been hiding veg in meals for years. Soup can be boring, so sometimes I make the tired veg into a small curry or chilli, then add baked beans. We have it on toast a couple of times a week. I really want to learn to make good humous, in particular sweet pepper. I love it.

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    2. The secret to a sweet pepper hummus is to roast the pepper first until it is nice and sticky and slightly charred, but only slightly.

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  8. It's all or nothing with me and plastic and glass tubs, at the moment everything in the freezer seems to be in bags and my cupboard is full of storage boxes. It would seem better the other way around at least I would get my cupboard space back. Your meals sound well planned out :-)

    There seem to be a lot of food bargains to be had in the shops at the moment, except for vegan goodies they are all sold out with Veganuary going on. I had to search and search for a block of tofu the other day, the shelves in Tesco had been stripped bare as if by locusts … not a bad problem though :-)

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