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Is it me or are those Sainsbury's feed you family for a fiver..

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MoonIsATiredSlayer Wed 29-Jul-09 15:47:04

a pile of poo?

Maybe I am just really bad at cooking but everytime I try one that looks nice it ends up tasting disgusting meaning I have to go and get chips as there is nothing else to eat.

Also the fiver doesn't count all the 'other' stuff' that you are expected to have lying around.

shavenhaven Wed 29-Jul-09 15:48:53

what amazes me is that it is seen to be a major achievment if you feed your family for under a fiver.

i would say that i have to do this for 6 nights a week.

cheesesarnie Wed 29-Jul-09 15:49:27

i find it odd as its not hard to make a meal for under a fiver anyway.

MoonIsATiredSlayer Wed 29-Jul-09 15:50:43

Agreed but I am very lacking in originality and thought I would try some different recipes without breaking the bank.

So its just me then?

littleboyblue Wed 29-Jul-09 15:51:44

When it was first launched, it was great for me as I'm not or wasn't very domesticated, now, although I still use them on occasion, I find I can do meals for under a fiver and have got some great recipes from here actually.

Joycey29 Wed 29-Jul-09 15:52:30

I have cooked several and they have all been well recieved.
Agree with other posts - who can afford to spend loads on meals????

MoonIsATiredSlayer Wed 29-Jul-09 15:53:54

Fine, I will go away and try harder.

Blimey, what are you all Delia Smiths in disguise??

Fayrazzled Wed 29-Jul-09 15:57:03

I haven't tried the Sainsbury's meals for under a fiver, but I definitely struggle to cook evening meals for 4 of us that come in at under a fiver. We spend a small fortune on food- I cook from scratch- I just don't know where it goes. Tonight I'm doing pork casserole for tea tonight. The ingredients have cost me about £14. It will feed me, my H, my two children tonight and I will have enough to freeze for the children on another day.

SoccerMum Wed 29-Jul-09 15:57:28

I tried 2.

The Hot Cross pudding thing which was nice.

A chicken with cous-cous thing which was so rank, we went to KFC!

littleboyblue Wed 29-Jul-09 15:59:38

It depends on what kind of meal you want I think and where and how you do your shopping. My SIL gets a months + worth of meat from the meat van at a car boot sale and freezes it all, so lasts ages. We like things with potatoes or pasta and I find adding more veg and things means I can use less meat.....blush
For example, if I do meatballs, I do them with grated onion, carrot and whatever else is laying about, so can get more from the meat iyswim. Stews and casaroles are great too.

MoonIsATiredSlayer Wed 29-Jul-09 16:00:40

Fayrazzled me too, I am trying to save money and food is where it all gets spent so I thought I would try some diiferent but they aren't very nice.

I think I am not a good cook, I am OK with the standard stuff (spag bol, shepherds pie etc.) but anything else seems a bit of a let down unless you buy lovely expensive ingredients grin

BennyAndJoon Wed 29-Jul-09 16:02:34

£14 for a casserole? How?

bellavita Wed 29-Jul-09 16:03:33

The only one I do is the meatballs one, I do find the ingredients on their own a little bland, so I add my own spices (which I always have in the cupboard), tis a good economical meal and filling too.

littleboyblue Wed 29-Jul-09 16:05:13

We like this. Had to do it a couple of times before I mastered it and messed about with ingredients and things, but nice and cheap depending on what you use

cheesesarnie Wed 29-Jul-09 16:06:37

what on eart do you put in a casserole that makes it £14?

im a rubbish cook but do mostly try to cook from scratch.its cheaper just not to feed the dcgrin

MoonIsATiredSlayer Wed 29-Jul-09 16:08:16

I get a bit narked cos I don't have a lot of time to cook so when I try and it turns out rubbish I am mightly pissed off!

Joycey29 Wed 29-Jul-09 16:08:47

My lot love the pork noodels and the toad in the hole!

littleboyblue Wed 29-Jul-09 16:09:38

I've asked dp to buy me a slow cooker. I hear you can just chuck stuff in it and go out and leave it.............

cheesesarnie Wed 29-Jul-09 16:11:04

yes but practise makes perfect.although before dd became veggie i tried cooking her salmon fishcakes and they looked and smelt foul-i never tried again.

Fayrazzled Wed 29-Jul-09 16:18:40

Pork with apple and juniper berries but I won't be adding the juniper berries as the children will be eating it (from Tana Ramsay cookbook):

1kg pork (I got 900g cost £9.80- OK i got organic so it could be made a bit cheaper but I prefer to use organic)
500ml cider: £1.50
fresh rosemary: 0.75
2 bramley apples: (I got a bag so will make apple crumble with the rest but say .30)
creme fraiche: 0.65
baked potatoes to serve: 0.99

I don't think this is a hugely extravagant dish.

cheesesarnie Wed 29-Jul-09 16:21:28

that is why im veggie!dh is only meat eater in the house and if he wants meat he buys it,it doesnt come out of the tight shopping budget.

MoonIsATiredSlayer Wed 29-Jul-09 16:22:36

Meat is ridiculously expensive these days if you try and buy organic or free range but my recipe range is so limited that to cut meat off the menu would be even more of a disaster!

SarfEasticated Wed 29-Jul-09 16:22:47

I make the waitrose meatballs in tomato sauce recipe which is really nice, and often make the meatballs myself <preens> well just squish the mince into balls. If I'm feeling particularly creative I mix lamb mince and beef mince together.

I'm on a roll now...

I make a bolognaise with half mince and half lentils which is nice and then the following day add kidney beans and chill and have chill con carne

<feels like virtuous domestic goddess>

MoonIsATiredSlayer Wed 29-Jul-09 16:24:43

You add Chilli?? Uhoh!

whyme2 Wed 29-Jul-09 16:25:19

A kilo of pork for four people is a lot IMO. Need 100 to 125 grams of protein per person was how I was taught (used to cook for lots of people in previous life)

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