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dabihp Sun 20-Mar-05 20:48:37

in the spirit of Jamie and his healthy school dinners, I made Chicken , tomato and fresh basil in the oven, was yummy! Anyone else got quick yummy on the cheap recipes that are healthy, they want to share???

Dior Sun 20-Mar-05 20:50:16

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dabihp Sun 20-Mar-05 20:51:52

sounds yummy, elaborate slightly... very quick description, so we can all try it at home!!

yoyo Sun 20-Mar-05 20:52:06

Just made Jamie Oliver's "Very Veggie" sauce recipe. Loads of veg and it makes six pints so extremely economical. Children LOVED it too!

SenoraPostrophe Sun 20-Mar-05 20:52:25

mediterranean roast vegetables (red pepper, tomatoes, carrots, maybe some squash and courgette bunged in oven with olive oil) with baked spuds and a leg of chicken.

Dior Sun 20-Mar-05 20:57:56

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misdee Sun 20-Mar-05 20:58:25

is the 'very veggie' sauce the one they used in the school dinners programmes? can i have it please?

dabihp Sun 20-Mar-05 20:58:31

"very veggie" sounds good. Recipe???????? Instructions??

misdee Sun 20-Mar-05 21:10:03


and loads of low salt recipies please

Enid Sun 20-Mar-05 21:14:32

can I plug Enids Homemade Chicken Nuggets?

Also - blitz onion, garlic and celery in a food processor, then fry quite slowly until it is really soft (THE KEY TO ALL YUMMY TASTING FOOD - DON'T RUSH IT). Add a tin of plum toms (don't buy chopped, they are more expensive and not as tasty) and simmer for 20/30 mins. Add a tin of yellowfin tuna (tiny tin, not expensive), mix with just-cooked pasta, pour into a casserole, grated cheese and breadcrumbs on top - done, yummy.

yoyo Sun 20-Mar-05 21:14:42

Very Veggie

I butternut squash (peeled and grated)
3 courgettes (grated)
3 carrots (grated)
2 red peppers (chopped)
3 small onions (chopped)
6 cans of chopped tomatoes
2 bay leaves
large pinch oregano

Put enough olive oil in a LARGE pan to cover the bottom. Put in all the veg and fry gently for 5 to 10 mins. Add the herbs and tomatoes and simmer for 30 mins. Season. Use hand-held blender to whizz it up.

I used the food processor for the grating and chopping. It looks like a mountain of veg and you need a large pan but it does cook down quite a bit. Blitz it in batches or your kitchen will resemble a scene from a horror movie!!

Can use as a sauce or pizza topping and it is fab. Five pints in freezer to see us through Easter.

yoyo Sun 20-Mar-05 21:17:29

Heinz chopped toms on offer in Tesco - 8 tins for £2.35.

Enid Sun 20-Mar-05 21:18:10

dont buy chopped toms, they are the floor sweepings, plum cheaper and tastier

Blossomhill Sun 20-Mar-05 21:19:02

Yoyo - where did you get the recipie from?

yoyo Sun 20-Mar-05 21:22:18

Floor sweepings ??!!

Blossomhill - there was a feature in The Times on Sat (Body and Soul Section) a few weeks back.

Enid Sun 20-Mar-05 21:22:50

all the crappy toms that aren't good enough to get into the whole plum tin

expatinscotland Sun 20-Mar-05 21:26:17

Here! Here! Homemade Chicken Nuggets?? Enid, please share with this mum.

Enid Sun 20-Mar-05 21:27:07

hold on

Cod Sun 20-Mar-05 21:27:35

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Enid Sun 20-Mar-05 21:28:15

its on this thread

Enid Sun 20-Mar-05 21:29:17

I made them again today - with thighs not breasts and they were even more yummy. I didn't put quite so much cheese in.

expatinscotland Sun 20-Mar-05 21:30:03

Thanks! Those sound delicious.

hoxtonchick Sun 20-Mar-05 21:30:12

i used thighs to make them too this week, enid, & was very impressed. ds hardly got a look in. i added extra garlic too.

yoyo Sun 20-Mar-05 21:30:37

Were the thighs from the chickens which weren't good enough to be sold whole?? Only kidding!

Enid Sun 20-Mar-05 21:30:55

I think the garlic makes them actually. And it just replaces all the vile fake spices in the packaged versions

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