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HoneyDragon Tue 27-Aug-13 10:01:36

No smugginess, no social commentary or judginess.

I want EVERYONE'S go to, cheapest stand by meals that they use, on one cosmic, love in thread of sharing and nicety.

Lets help each other out with a bit of inspiration.

Cantdothisagain Wed 04-Sep-13 21:55:47

CMP, that's my standby too! I also sub smoked salmon for the bacon sometimes...

WilsonFrickett Wed 04-Sep-13 23:48:04

Lentil burgers - believe it or not, this comes from a Lorraine Kelly baby weaning book. I'm all class.

Sweat an onion, add lentils, salt and garam masala. Boil - keep an eye on it, you want the lentils to be well cooked but the mix not to be too wet.

When the lentils are cooked, add some breadcrumbs* and stir in. You want a stiff mix. Roll into balls, flatten out and you have burgers. Lay on an oiled baking sheet to bake.

*breacrumbs. Do not buy breadcrumbs. Toast a couple of slices of bread (stale or otherwise) then blitz.

MERLYPUSS Thu 05-Sep-13 14:27:13

Huevos rancheros and bread
Home made red ragu with manky veg and passata, add a tin of sardines in tomato sauce and 1/2 tub basic philly. Serve with pasta. I keep banging on about this but it is fab. And the kids cant pick the fish out as it breaks down.

MrsSpa Thu 05-Sep-13 21:37:19

Stir fry: cook noodles in saucepan. Stir fry a pack of basics stir fry veg (ready chopped). Add any or all of the following; basics smoked mackerel, peanut butter, coconut milk (I use about a fifth of a tin and freeze the rest in similar portions), soy sauce, smoked chipotle tabasco. Either mix the noodles into the veg or just serve veg on top of noodles (easier!)

Great thread!

Solasum Fri 06-Sep-13 13:52:21

'Courgetty spaghetti'

Any pasta will do, but spaghetti is good, sorry for yet another pasta-based one ('fresh' or baked).

Grate lots of courgettes, dice an onion/leek, fry til soft. (Courgettes no longer really look like vegetables for any veg-refusers).

Meanwhile make white or cheese sauce, season with nutmeg/salt/pepper/mustard; and cook pasta.

Mix all together, pack densely into a dish and bake.

You can add ham at the bottom/chorizo/any sort of bacon etc as well.

Solasum Fri 06-Sep-13 13:58:21

Roast veg with sauce:

Whatever veg is lying around, potatoes in small chunks, peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes etc, drizzle with oil, and balsamic if any to hand; roast until basically done. Add cubed cheese if wished, anything that will melt quickly (surprise discovery: wensleydale worked well). Mix a bit of creme fraiche/sour cream with red pepper paste/pesto/tomato puree, pour over the veg and stir return to oven for a bit.

Serve with couscous or rice.

HepzibahFlurge Sun 08-Sep-13 21:09:01

Bacon pasta

fry some bacon
cook some pasta
mix togther with a spoon of wholegrain mustard

Can add veg if you like but most time I can't be bothered

Sticklebug Sun 08-Sep-13 21:19:39

Thinly slice potatoes, onions and chop up a little bacon. Alternate layers of potato and then onion and bacon. Finish with a potato layer. Pour over some veggy stock. Back in oven and serve with steamed cabbage. about 70p/head.

MadameDefarge Tue 10-Sep-13 20:46:06

chicken and lentil stew.

roast chicken thighs in oven until cooked. (olive oil etc)

make a base of carrot, onion and celery by chopping and frying. add tin of tomatoes. season as usual, and also balsemic or red wine vinegar, cried herbs (any) touch of sugar. cook down till unctious. (about same time as chicken. Stick in as many tins of cooked lentils (or cook some before). Add to chicken in oven. (loosen sauce if its too dry with some stock or water) roast for 15 mins. If you are feeling up to it make a bit of garlic mayo, loosened wit milk and drizzle over.

I promise you its cheap as chips, easy, and totally delicious.

ErrolTheDragon Tue 10-Sep-13 22:57:34

I had a really tasty leftovers lunch roast veg gratin today - some leftover roast aubergine/pepper/mushrooms, a few sliced baby plum toms, basil, crumbled up leftover stuffing, grated mozzarella and parmesan. Same tomorrow except no stuffing left alas - it added a certain je ne sais quoi grin.

Its always worth doing a bit more roast veg than you need, apart from this it can go in a panino with a some goat cheese or mozzaralla or form the basis of a quick pasta sauce.

mum2jakie Tue 17-Sep-13 17:39:47

Creamy chicken pasta

Cook pasta, fry chicken pieces and bacon (or cook in George Foreman.) Drain pasta and mix in half a small carton of single cream and half a Kallo stock cube (tastes nicer than other brands of stock cube and thickens the 'sauce'.) Mix everything together and serve.

goodasitgets Wed 18-Sep-13 00:29:32

Has anyone mentioned corned beef hash? Actually my version is more corned beef stew grin but its good

Fry chopped onions (you don't want them brown, just cooked). Add peeled and chopped potatoes and carrots. Boiling water and oxo cube until the veg is covered and simmer until potatoes cooked. Add chopped corned beef and some bisto if you like, stir and simmer until it looks stew like grin

Not very technical, similar to mince and tatties but great with red cabbage and some buttered bread

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