Cheap and easy meals to try this winter...

If you are finding your money stretched a little thin recently, what with pretty much everything being eye waveringly expensive these days, cheap and filling meals are a good way to save the pennies.

We have some great products in store that are comparatively cheaper than the major supermarkets; such as our herbs and spices. For example here's a comparison of mixed herbs from Sainburys, Tesco and ourselves;

 

Sainsburys own brand jar of mixed herbs: 95p for 14g
Tesco own brand jar of mixed herbs: 89p for 14g (sold in 18g jars at £1.15)
Just Footprints loose mixed herbs: 56p for 14g

 

Another great money saving product is lentils and pulses. From red split lentils to moong beans, we sell a range of lentils and peas that are perfect for bulking up your meals for less. Add to soups and stews, add to bakes, nut roasts, mix into rice and pasta. They are versatile, high in protein and filling. 

We have added a couple of recipes below to inspire you, feel free to add your suggestions in the comments!

Quinoa Porridge

 

  • 100g quinoa - rinsed and drained (ONLY 66P FOR 100G)
  • 200ml of unsweetened coconut milk or other plant milk
  • 60ml water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  1. Place quinoa, milk, water, salt and vanilla into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn the heat down low and cover the saucepan and cook until most of the liquid has disappeared. Turn off the heat and allow to steam for 10 minutes.
  3. It’s all about the toppings! Here are some of our favourites;
Kyrsten: Chopped dates, maple syrup, and walnuts.
Abi: Dark chocolate drops, banana chips and dates.
Millie: Cocoa powder and bananas.
Ollie: Add ground ginger to the porridge, with chocolate 
and raisins.
Debbie: Raisins, flaked almonds, mixed seeds and
cinnamon.

Polenta

You can use polenta in more than one way. My personal favourite is creamy polenta (shown above) simply cooked with stock and seasoned then topped with your veg/protein of choice (try roasted garlic mushrooms, veggie meatballs, black bean stew, lentil ragu). But you can also use the same cooking method and then set the polenta until firm, slice it up and fry/bake like chips.

You only need 100g of polenta per person for the bulk of your meal; that's only 30p at just Footprints! Here's how you cook it;

 

  • Bring 400ml of water to the boil (use stock for extra flavour),
  • add the polenta in a steady stream whilst whisking to avoid lumps.
  • Cook at a low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly making sure all water is absorbed.
  • For extra flavour/creaminess finish with nutritional yeast/butter/olive oil.

 Potato cakes

A simple dish that makes the most of the humble potato.

  • 300g potatoes - washed, peeled, halved or quartered
  • 75g plain flour (ONLY 18P)
  • Salt
  • Butter or vegan alternative
  1. Boil potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain well and mash. You can add a little butter here and extra seasoning if needed. Allow to cool enough to handle.
  2. Add the flour and mix to form a soft dough. Roll out on a floured surface and cut into triangles or squares.
  3. Heat a frying pan to medium heat, melt a little butter and fry the potato cakes for a few minutes on either side until firm and golden.
  4. Serve up with your fave breakfast items or snaffle them as they are.

 

Check out some of our other recipes her on the website; like the moong bean curry and sprouting how-to guide for other cheap food ideas.

Recipes and content written by kyrsten Collis @vegboxvegan  


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