Today’s prompt – Pot Luck Perfection
I have dinner at my Mum’s usually once a week after swimming and this is one of her recipes. It is quick to make with easy ingredients and freezes well too!
For a pot luck this can be heated up quickly in the microwave or on the stove or can be eaten cold.
What are your go to pot luck meals? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Sunday Dinner
Today’s dinner isn’t the most interesting. I was planning to make a a courgette and carrot bake but I just didn’t have the energy.
I’m happy enough with a roast with stuffing I don’t need a main or meat replacement.
I love roasted carrots and these baby button mushrooms were so cute. I’m also not fond of gravy and my Husband tends to have it as thick as soup so I just leave it to him!
What’s your favourite Sunday dinner? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Four for £4
When I saw this prompt I knew where I had to head. Jack Monroe is a cook, poverty and trans campaigner and an all round great person. They also happen to be vegan and price up all their recipes on their website http://www.cookingonabootstrap.com.
All their recipes are free in order to help the poorest people but you can contribute to their patreon, make a one PayPal donation or buy one of their cookbooks including the new Cooking on a Bootstrap where about 70% of the recipes are vegan.
I chose this White Bean, White Wine and Garlic Risotto recipe which comes in at a purse preserving 29p a portion!
This was easy to make and I had all the ingredients at home apart from the white wine which I picked up in Sainsbury’s and was clearly marked vegan.
Again it was very warm this evening but this would be a great meal to cosy up with on a winter’s evening.
It is very white so red onion does give it a bit of colour.
What are your go to cheap meals? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Super Cheap Sweets
This was an easy dessert for me to make. I decided to go for a pear crumble which was a favourite of my bestie Samarra when we lived together at university. So if students are eating it you know it must be cheap!
I make this recipe up as I go along so I’m not sure of quantities! I make a mixture of margarine, oats, plain flour and brown sugar. Pour the peaches into a dish, sprinkle with cinnamon and put the mixture on top. Cook in a preheated oven at 180°C for 15 mins. Serve immediately with oat cream.
Great for an Autumn evening! I usually have most of the ingredients at home so I can make this quickly when I get a craving for something sweet.
What you your fave cheap desserts? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Low salt, full flavour
I did a search and found this black bean and corn chowder.
1 can black beans
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 cups of plant based milk
4 cups of water
1/4 two garlic powder
Pepper to taste
Fry the onion, chuck everything else in and cook for 15 mins, blend half the soup and mix back in.
I chose this recipe as I do enjoy a black bean soup but I did really notice the absence of salt in this meal and I probably wouldn’t make this one again.
Do you ever need to make low-salt meals? What options do you usually go for? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Snacks without the packaging
This prompt specifically mentioned no plastic. The easy go to would be fruit, but I don’t tend to have fruit as a snack, I either have it at breakfast in my overnight oats or in a dessert.
I decided to choose a chocolate which comes in paper and foil. I don’t eat a lot of chocolate, I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth and never have cravings for it as I know some of my friends do.
I went for this mini chocolate orange bar from Willie’s Cacao. This is a dark chocolate with a really fruity flavour as it comes from single estate cacao.
Willie’s also feature on the Food Empowerment Project’s chocolate list which I would recommend you look at when choosing chocolate to make sure it’s not only vegan but ethically sourced as well.
I enjoyed one square of this with a cup of tea as I love the sensation of the chocolate melting from the warmth of the tea. One square was enough for me so this little 26g gram bar will last me three sittings!
Here’s a last shot of the packaging which will be recycled.
What are you favourite plastic-free snacks? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Colour
I chose yellow for today’s meal. I’ve been a bit ill the last week so a nice bright yellow meal to cheer me up was what I needed.
I made ackee with plantain. Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica and has yellow flesh in a red pear shaped outer and large black seeds. You can buy it in Supermarkets in the UK in the world food aisle.
I roasted tomatoes in the oven, pan fried the plantain and set to one side, then fried red onions added the tomatoes and the ackee. I try not to stir it too much so the ackee isn’t broken up.
I managed to keep a few pieces fully intact! The flavour is very mild and you mainly taste the salt from the brine it is stored in.
What are your favourite yellow foods? Let me know in the comments below.