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January 2010 Grocery Challenge

edited 28 December 2009 at 10:52PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Hi i would like to join back in MY JAN BUDGET IS £250 I am hoping not to use this but with the cold weather i seem to be making more. Good luck everyone.
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  • Hello all!
    I'm just thinking about the shopping list for the weekend and wondered whether anyone had any fabulous diet friendly vegetarian recipes that are dirt cheap but still yummy?
    Not much to ask eh?!!
  • Coxy11Coxy11 Forumite
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    rackelmk - how about veggie chilli?

    2 medium courgettes, sliced
    2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
    1 red pepper, chopped
    1 onion, chopped
    8 tomatoes
    1 tin value kidney beans, drained
    chilli powder (or fresh chillies)
    Fry light or similar

    Fry carrots, onions and chillies (if using fresh) in some fry light for 5-6 mins. Add pepper and courgettes and continue to fry for 5 mins. Add the tomatoes and passata, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and cover and simmer for 20 mins, stirring occasionally. Add kidney beans and season to taste.

    Delish with jacket potatoes or rice, or on its own with some crusty bread. This is an adapted S/world recipe that was 'free' on green days. Nice the following day and freezes well.


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  • albacookiealbacookie Forumite
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    Hi all. Can I go for £100 in January again please. I really need to defrost my freezer though so hopefully can come in under.
  • sistercassistercas Forumite
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    ready to put some effort into jans grocery budget :D

    please put me down for £350 for Jan - thanks
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    Good morning everyone,

    hope you all had a lovely Christmas. I would like to drop my GC budget a little this month so could you please put Highland Fling down for £160.Nice to see lots of new new people joining us and also others returning. Especially glad to see Cranky40 returning.

    Like some others I started really well in Dec and then blew it in the last week before Christmas. Don't honestly know how much I spent as it all became a bit frantic at the end but I plan to be more in control this month.
    Received a great many gifts of chocs, biscuits and sweets so I don't think I will need to buy any treats for a long time.

    Last night made a lovely Carbonara dish with cream I had left over. In the distant past that same cream would just sit until it went sour or would have been washed down the sink. By the way does anyone know if you can freeze cream? I freeze milk and butter but I am unsure about cream.

    Good luck to everyone in January.

    hi , i think you can freeze cream if its been whipped, either double or whipping, but not single or extra thick. am pleased to be wrong if anyone else knows:confused::T
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  • Hi everyone

    All budgets done up to and including Albacookie - thank you

    Welcome and Hi to the new people joining in with this challenge, please take a few minutes to read the first few posts by Pink as they contain lots of helpful info and check out the recipes posted by Rosieben on page 1 which she regularly updates and also feel free to post any recipes that you may have which are cost effective and yummy.

    I have reduced my monthly budget from £350 to £200 for this month as we are stocked to the Gunnels with food so will only need fresh fruit, veg, milk n bread. So we are going to reduce the freezers and cupboards and use as much up as we can and start from scratch in Feb.

    All new people still welcome - please join us

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  • DorastarDorastar Forumite
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    Have been trying hard with food budget this year and seems to have gone alright so far. Aiming for £250 in January cos it's a 5 week month and my pay day is moving further away than usual.
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  • rosiebenrosieben Forumite
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    thanks coxy - veggie chilli now in the recipe list (and on my pc for trying out next month!) :T
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  • thriftlady_2thriftlady_2 Forumite
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    Coxy11 wrote: »
    rackelmk - how about veggie chilli?

    2 medium courgettes, sliced
    2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
    1 red pepper, chopped
    1 onion, chopped
    8 tomatoes
    1 tin value kidney beans, drained
    chilli powder (or fresh chillies)
    Fry light or similar
    Rachel, Coxy's recipe is an excellent starting point for many variations.

    Chop some veg such as carrots, courgettes, squash, peppers, mushrooms, celery, leeks, onions, swede, parsnips, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, green beans.

    Chuck in some frozen peas or sweetcorn if you like.

    Soften in some frylight or a very little oil or even a splash of water.

    Add some garlic and whatever spices you like.

    Add passata/tinned tomatoes or tomato puree plus water/stock.

    Add some pulses -kidney beans, haricot beans, chickpeas, butter beans, black beans or lentils.

    Simmer until all the veg is cooked.

    Serve over rice, couscous, barley, bulghar, baked spuds, potato wedges, pasta.

    Add a sprinkle of cheese if you like.
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