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January 2014 Grocery Challenge

edited 30 December 2013 at 12:55PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Bluegreen143Bluegreen143 Forumite
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    XSpender - I've added your Chicken and Leek Gratin recipe to the index (sounds yum!) :)
    :heart: Married 1 March 2014 :heart::D DS born 06 Dec 2014 :D DD born 14 Dec 2018
  • Bluegreen143Bluegreen143 Forumite
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    DanielleNic87 - I've added your Slimming World Lamb Kebab recipe to the index too :)
    :heart: Married 1 March 2014 :heart::D DS born 06 Dec 2014 :D DD born 14 Dec 2018
  • Bluegreen143Bluegreen143 Forumite
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    Here's the Hot & Sour Lentil Soup recipe now it's up on the blog - it's soooo good! AND at only 19p per portion, a pretty frugal healthy lunch too.

    A great use for any homemade chicken (or turkey ;)) stock you have lying about too.

    Hot & Sour Lentil Soup (serves 6 at 19p per portion)
    • 250g red lentils 50p (£3.98 for 2kg)
    • 100g frozen spinach or a couple of good handfuls fresh 13p (£1.25 for 1kg)
    • 2 small onions, chopped 5p (98p for 2kg)
    • 1.8 litres chicken or veg stock (I used 2 litres homemade chicken stock and it was too watery until reduced, so I’d add less next time – counting as free)
    • Large thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and grated 10p (30p per 100g)
    • 3 cloves garlic, crushed 8p (£1 for 4 bulbs)
    • 2-4 dried red chillies (or use crushed flakes – start with 1-2tsp and work from there, depending on your heat tolerance), 3p
    • Juice of one lemon 26p (£1.29 for 5)
    • 1/2 tbsp veg oil or fat of choice, 1p (£2 for 2 litres Crisp & Dry)
    • In your pressure cooker or large pot, heat the oil and add the onions on a medium heat. Cook for a few minutes, until soft, then add the dried chilli, ginger and garlic. Stir-fry for a minute, then add the hot stock and lentils.

    Put the lid on your pressure cooker, seal and bring to pressure. Cook for five minutes then use the quick release method to open the lid (if you don’t have a pressure cooker, just simmer on the hob until the lentils are done.

    Mash the lentils with a potato masher or blend slightly with a hand blender (you don’t have to but I like the texture when it’s slightly mashed). Add the fresh or frozen spinach and cook until defrosted/wilted down. Add the lemon juice and season well, particularly with black pepper.

    Serve with bread for lunch or as a starter.


    I'll add to the index too :)
    :heart: Married 1 March 2014 :heart::D DS born 06 Dec 2014 :D DD born 14 Dec 2018
  • Ali-OKAli-OK Forumite
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    Mags50 wrote: »
    Had a lovely day :)
    4 of the grandsons came while DD1 was at work. We had jam on toast for breakfast, tuna sandwiches, crisps, yogurt and biscuits for dinner, then SIL1 came and picked them up.
    Friends came for tea and helped us eat leftovers from yesterday and hubby made another treacle sponge with custard. We had a few games of UNO and they've just left.
    I've made an inventory of all the food in the house and have been sat trying to work a meal plan out....I think it's going to take me some time lol.
    It's really windy and wild weather here so it's been lovely to be tucked up in the warm :)
    Hope everyone is ok and managing to stick to their budgets :) x

    UNO is a brilliant game, along with Rumnikub. Great ones for all the family and generations. Had those in our games drawer for 30 years now and still popular. DS has taught his friends. :D
    Back on the DFW Wagon:

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  • Another NSD for us yesterday. OH did a long shift at work and he was based at a supermarket and he managed not to buy anything :j Apparently 2 of his co-workers were shocked when he got out his hm sandwiches instead of buying his lunch there, I don't think they're very MSE! OH is at another supermarket today, I made him sandwiches yesterday so hopefully he's remembered them and taken enough food with him that he won't buy anything again.
    Thank you to everyone who posts on here :)
  • kayesterkayester Forumite
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    Been trying all night to post a photo on here from my phone but cant do it :(

    NSD here.
    Chicken and spinach cannelloni tonight using leftover chicken from last nights roast
    216/2018 (make ££ in 2018)

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  • morning all

    kayester, i use photobucket, i copy the photos from my memory card onto photo bucket and then copy them across from there to here if that makes sense. not sure how you'd do it off a phone im not that techy sorry.

    hoping for an NSD
    doing jacket pots for lunch then martial arts club starts again tonight so will be late meal for us, think ill do veggie burgers with portobella mushrooms topped with stilton and beef toms.
    got pizza in to do DSs early tea
    SPC~12 ot 124

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  • Bluegreen143Bluegreen143 Forumite
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    Hi kayester - you need to upload it to a hosting site - I use photobucket. Then when you're on this forum you press the little button above the reply box that looks like a postcard with a mountain on it, then paste in the IMG code from photobucket (you get it there by clicking "share" once you've uploaded your pic.

    Hope this helps!

    PS I've never made this work on my phone but I suppose I don't see any reason why it wouldn't... I do upload straight from my iphone to the photobucket app but tend to only post here using my computer.
    :heart: Married 1 March 2014 :heart::D DS born 06 Dec 2014 :D DD born 14 Dec 2018
  • Weekend away wasn't too bad - no food spend, but diesel cost a fortune! Broke my flask on the outwards journey and justified a new purchase instead of buying tea at the service station on the way home.

    Spent yesterday organising and cooking - home made lemon curd, pineapple upside down cake, HM bread and Bean Chilli. Only problem is, its all been eaten, and I have to start again today!!

    Did do a shop in L!dl ready for children back to school - my children adore and consume LOADS of cereal. Sig updated, and it seems to be well ahead of this months budget. Got a £50 milk bill to pay though :(. I know I could get my weekly 12 ltrs of milk cheaper, but I do feel quite good using our local milk lady (and it stops me going into the shops and impulse purchasing!!).

    Should be a NSD today and I'm aiming for the rest of the week too as we have a load of Christmas stuff to use up and 2 full freezers. I'll get a freezer inventory done this week to help with next weeks menu planning. :j
    sealed pot member 100. Saving for a dream holiday for 6!!:laugh:

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  • BMGBMG Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
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    Will be a NSD for me today as I am not planning on going out. Have some voluntary work to do so that will keep my occupied.

    Lunch today is ham and cheese toasties and a packet of crisps

    Dinner will be a HM steak and kidney pie for hubby with potatoes and veg. For me it will be a HM vegetable pasty with potatoes.

    All freezer and cupboard stash. :)

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