Stretching vegemince into 6+ meals

I have been reading about stretching food out to make it go further and save money. So I thought I’d give it a try. This is based on what someone else posted on a forum using meat mince and I’ve adapted and added to it. Unfortunately I don’t have reference to who posted the original that gave me the inspiration to give it a go. So if you are reading this, thank you.

Basic mix

2 garlic cloves

3 onions

2 stock cubes made up into 1 pint water

454g pack of veggie mince (could also use a 600g pack)

2 cans of toms

3 carrots (grated)

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

½ tsp cinnamon

2 handfuls of oats

2 handfuls of lentils

Peel and mince garlic and leave to one side. Fry onions and then add stock and cook until soft. Add rest of ingredients, except garlic, bring to boil and then turn down heat to a simmer. Add garlic. Cook for 30 minutes.

Basic mix can now be made into several dishes which can then be frozen for later. Or the basic mix can be frozen and then made into other dishes later as required. Do not freeze finished dishes if using frozen mix.

Dishes which can be made using vegetarian mince

Stew – add more liquid, veg and gravy powder. Serve with dumplings.

Spaghetti Bolognese – Serve with spaghetti and you’ve got Bolognese

Lasagne – add more tomatoes to stretch it further and follow a lasagne recipe

Chilli non carne – add chilli powder, kidney beans and cocoa. Extra veg can be added such as mushrooms and sweetcorn.

Shepherds pie – topped basic mix with mash and cook.

New potato topped mince bake – Stir peas into basic mix. Top with slices of boiled new potatoes

Stuffed vegetables (such as courgettes, peppers or marrow)

Mix with cooked rice and cook in scooped out blanched vegetable.

Pasties – Add diced cooked potato and swede to basic mix and use shortcrust pastry for pasties

Pies – Add cooked mushrooms to basic mix and use puff pastry for pies.

EXAMPLE

Divided basic mixture into 4 portions

Portion 1

Stew for 2

Add to pan with about half again of water and some basic gravy powder mixed with cold water. Then I added a handful of peas and a handful of sweetcorn. Made some dumplings and simmered with lid on for 10 minutes.

Portion 2

Top with mash to make shepherds pie for 1

Portion 3

Serve with spaghetti for spaghetti Bolognese for 1

Portion 4

Make into chilli for 2 served with rice. Add 1 can of kidney beans (extra cans of different beans can also be added if you want to make a mixed bean chilli) to basic mince mix, ½ tsp chilli powder (more to taste if you like it hot), 1 can of tomato, 1 clove of garlic minced and left for 10 minutes first. I also added handful of sweetcorn, 1 tbsp cocoa powder. If you have any mushrooms you can add these also.

Depending on how much veg and how many cans of beans you have used, you may have enough for 3 or leftovers. If there are any leftover, you could serve in wraps or tortillas with strips of fried peppers and rice for a Mexican burrito dish.

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Kitcheri recipe

Kitcheri is a ideal credit crunch meal, as a large portion served with steamed vegetables is about 50p a portion. This was given to me by a good friend, Steve Brandon of Harmonyyoga.co.uk

This meal is part of his Ayurveda weight loss programme and is very tasty. Thanks Steve for introducing us to this lovely meal!

Mung Dhal (Green split hulled mung beans)

White basmati rice

vegetable oil

unsweetened desiccated coconut

salt

turmeric, cumin, coriander and fennel seeds

boiling water

see quantities below for serving sizes

Wash the rice and mung dahl. Put the oil in a wok (use a wok with lid or a frying pan with a splatter guard, as oil and water can cause hot splashes). Mix in the spices. Heat the oil until warm to release the fragrance of the spices. Add the washed rice and dahl. Add hot water to cover. Boil on high heat for about 5 mins. Add the coconut and salt. Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes topping up the boiling water to just cover as necessary. Serve with steamed brocoli, carrot, sweet potato, peas and courgettes.

To serve 1

Mung dahl 1/4 cup (55g), rice 1/4 cup (50g), oil 1/2 tbsp, coconut 1/2 tbsp, salt 1/8 tsp, spices 1/4 tsp of each

To serve 2

Mung dahl 1/2 cup (110g), rice 1/2 cup (100g), oil 1 tbsp., coconut 1 tbsp., salt 1/8 tsp, spices 1/4 tsp of each

To serve 3

Mung dahl 3/4 cup (165g), rice 3/4 cup (150g), oil 1 1/2 tbsp., coconut 1 1/2 tbsp., salt 1/4 tsp, spices 1/2 tsp of each

To serve 4

Mung dahl 1 cup (220g), rice 1 cup (200g), oil 2 tbsp., coconut 2 tbsp., salt 1/4 tsp, spices 1/2 tsp of each

If you like spicy food, please increase spices as this is a mild spiced dish. These portion sizes are large.

This is a staple in our house as it works out about 50p a portion, any leftovers can be frozen or made into soup with the addition of stock. Can also be made with herbs or different dahl for variety. Dahls can be bought from Indian grocery stores and are very inexpensive. If you have never had dahls before, buy a small bag and try and if you love it you can be the larger better value bag next time. The dahl used is split green mung beans, if you can’t find them, you can make with whole mung beans, but it would take longer to cook. This meal is very filling, so if you have it at lunch time, you should stay full until dinner!

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Savoury bites

I’ve been following weezl’s living on 80p a day challenge and I have made the savoury bites today. Originally they were vegan and the nutritional info on the site refers to the original recipe. They were made with 140g rapeseed oil, more oats, less flour and marmite originally and this is how I’ve made them, see recipe below. The recipe has changed since the oil has changed to lard for her to save money. I have made them today with 100g of rapeseed oil. So the recipe is high in omega 3s, high in calcium (weezl says 4 small bites is the days rda of calcium) and count towards your 5+ a day and only 7p for 3 small bites. I have made them larger today, but usually I make 36-37 small bites as per the recipe. This is the 3rd time I’ve made them, so thought I’d better post a picture. 3 small bites is supposed to be a serving as a snack. I can tell you, both me and my mum find them moreish and its not easy to just eat 3!

150g hot oaty cereal

50g SR flour

40g tom puree

1 can cooked chickpeas (240g) including water

5g garlic

half tspn chilli

100g oil (original recipe had 140g)

1 tsp yeast extract

Empty chickpeas and water into bowl and mash, mix in all other ingredients, place dessertspoon blobs onto 2 baking trays and flatten down and cook at gas 6 for 20-30 mins or until the top looks a little crispy and browned at the edge. Makes 36.

This mixture would also make nice burgers.

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Made the savoury bites again today and this time used black beans. They are so creamy. The only other change I did was to use 80g of oil.

They are so nice.

 

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I was asked by weezl from the 80p a day challenge if I would mind making these with mung beans as this bean will be featured in the vegan 80p a day plan. I did this and they are lovely.

Recipe

150g hot oats cereal

50g plain flour

40g tom puree

120g mung beans cooked (I soaked for 24 hours and then cooked for 20 mins, but I don’t think I needed to soak these, but found out after doing it!) I guess they might take longer to cook if not soaked

100ml water

5g garlic

half tsp. chilli (they could take more)

60g oil (original recipe had 140g)

1 tsp yeast extract

Put mung beans into bowl and mash, mix in all other ingredients, place dessertspoon blobs onto 2 baking trays and flatten down and cook at gas 6 for 20-30 mins or until the top looks a little crispy and browned at the edge. Made 40.

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Homemade ginger powder recipe

I  came across this site that has a lot of home made spice recipes including this ginger one. A good thing to do if you buy ginger for one recipe and then don’t know what to do with the rest. Definitely would save wasting any and if you normally throw it away, this is almost like a free product!

http://www.indiankhana.net/2012/12/homemade-ginger-powder-recipe.html

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