Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 30th Dec 17, 8:35 AM
    • 931Posts
    • 654Thanks
    JennyP
    Surplus veg
    • #1
    • 30th Dec 17, 8:35 AM
    Surplus veg 30th Dec 17 at 8:35 AM
    Went a bit mad in my local supermarket on Thursday as they had ridiculous prices 5p for Savoy cabbage, 6p for celery etc.

    We have :
    1 cauliflower (earmarked for cheese and cauli soup)
    Large bag carrots
    2 bags parsnips
    2 leeks
    Bunch of celery
    Bag of sprouts
    1 savoy cabbage
    Various onions though I am not officially allowed them cos of migraines (bought by friend)
    Garlic
    Bag spuds

    There are two, sometimes three adults, mainly veggie living here at the moment.

    Can make soups I suppose, but any more imaginative tried and tested recipes? I think I need to freeze some of it as we'll never eat it all, preferably as ready meals.


    There's a fairly well-stocked spice cupboard with a lot of stiff from the Indian supermarket.
Page 1
    • Nargleblast
    • By Nargleblast 30th Dec 17, 8:41 AM
    • 9,091 Posts
    • 57,706 Thanks
    Nargleblast
    • #2
    • 30th Dec 17, 8:41 AM
    • #2
    • 30th Dec 17, 8:41 AM
    Leeks can make a vegetable side dish, Leeks with Prunes. Yes, really, it is a French recipe and is gorgeous. Slice leeks thinly, rinse well in a sieve. Put a lump of butter in a saucepan, add leeks with the water clinging on them, stir then put lid on and leave to cook five minutes or so, shaking now and then (the pan, not you...). Take lid off, stir in chopped dried prunes, reheat a couple of minutes, season with salt and pepper and a final bit of butter. When it tastes good to you it is ready to serve.

    Other veg - vegetable bolognaise, vegetable lasagne, vegetable curry, vegetable soup. Carrots and parsnips can be roasted in chunks when you have the oven on for something else, then reheated as a side dish or blitzed into a roasted root veg soup.
    Debt free date.....3 August 2015
    Now building up a Doomsday Cash Stash
    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 30th Dec 17, 8:44 AM
    • 931 Posts
    • 654 Thanks
    JennyP
    • #3
    • 30th Dec 17, 8:44 AM
    • #3
    • 30th Dec 17, 8:44 AM
    Leeks can make a vegetable side dish, Leeks with Prunes. Yes, really, it is a French recipe and is gorgeous. Slice leeks thinly, rinse well in a sieve. Put a lump of butter in a saucepan, add leeks with the water clinging on them, stir then put lid on and leave to cook five minutes or so, shaking now and then (the pan, not you...). Take lid off, stir in chopped dried prunes, reheat a couple of minutes, season with salt and pepper and a final bit of butter. When it tastes good to you it is ready to serve.

    Other veg - vegetable bolognaise, vegetable lasagne, vegetable curry, vegetable soup. Carrots and parsnips can be roasted in chunks when you have the oven on for something else, then reheated as a side dish or blitzed into a roasted root veg soup.
    Originally posted by Nargleblast
    Great ideas, thank you. Not 100% keen on prunes but maybe I need to be open minded!!!

    Would a veggie lasagne freeze do you think?
    • thriftmonster
    • By thriftmonster 30th Dec 17, 9:00 AM
    • 1,617 Posts
    • 7,618 Thanks
    thriftmonster
    • #4
    • 30th Dec 17, 9:00 AM
    • #4
    • 30th Dec 17, 9:00 AM
    Lots of things freeze well in cheese sauce - leeks etc. Carrots and parsnips would mash together - I then freeze in individual lumps before putting in a bag so that they can be used in portions. Potatoes can be mashed - or croquettes, duchesse, parboiled wedges etc
    “the princess jumped from the tower & she learned that she could fly all along. she never needed those wings.”
    Amanda Lovelace, The Princess Saves Herself in this One
    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 30th Dec 17, 9:02 AM
    • 931 Posts
    • 654 Thanks
    JennyP
    • #5
    • 30th Dec 17, 9:02 AM
    • #5
    • 30th Dec 17, 9:02 AM
    Lots of things freeze well in cheese sauce - leeks etc. Carrots and parsnips would mash together - I then freeze in individual lumps before putting in a bag so that they can be used in portions. Potatoes can be mashed - or croquettes, duchesse, parboiled wedges etc
    Originally posted by thriftmonster
    Thank you. I love this forum - would never have thought of freezing stuff in cheese sauce. We have a glut of cheese too as mum bought loads for Christmas that didn't get eaten so we got given that!
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 30th Dec 17, 10:55 AM
    • 11,101 Posts
    • 29,659 Thanks
    suki1964
    • #6
    • 30th Dec 17, 10:55 AM
    • #6
    • 30th Dec 17, 10:55 AM
    If you have freezer space ( I don't, every little corner is filled) prep and blanch then freeze on an open tray, then bag up for use later on in the year

    The only thing I personally wouldn't freeze is celery because of the high water content However celery is nice braised , it's used that way in a lot of Chinese cookery. Google some recipes
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 30th Dec 17, 11:07 AM
    • 15,972 Posts
    • 135,550 Thanks
    JackieO
    • #7
    • 30th Dec 17, 11:07 AM
    • #7
    • 30th Dec 17, 11:07 AM
    veggie lasagne ,just use the veg instead of meat or a nice veggie curry both freeze well in portions,I cook them then portion up,use the old rectangular plastic boxes with lids that you get a take away in from the chinese or indian shop, or I think you can buy these boxes in a poundshop. I save these from my DDs as I don't eat takeaways. I make and freeze my own once cooked,cooled and frozen they defrost well and bunged into the m'wave make a very quick instant meal in the evening when I get in late from looking after my DGC
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus. 2018
    Running total for four months food only shopping =£126.24.Freezer stuff slowly going down at last May totals £31.11 June spends so far £18.90, brought a few odds and ends home from my holiday and using those up first.
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 30th Dec 17, 11:42 AM
    • 1,253 Posts
    • 4,418 Thanks
    Spider In The Bath
    • #8
    • 30th Dec 17, 11:42 AM
    • #8
    • 30th Dec 17, 11:42 AM
    Ribollita with the savoy cabbage, garlic, celery and carrots, You could miss the onions out and use a bit of finely chopped leek instead.

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/apr/03/nigel-slater-classic-ribollita

    Best made with LOTS of garlic.

    Leek, celery and potato soup is a favourite in our house too.

    Gnocchi with some of the spuds perhaps?
    • maman
    • By maman 30th Dec 17, 11:50 AM
    • 18,004 Posts
    • 107,724 Thanks
    maman
    • #9
    • 30th Dec 17, 11:50 AM
    • #9
    • 30th Dec 17, 11:50 AM
    I freeze chopped celery. It's good for throwing a handful into soups, casseroles, sauces etc.


    It's worth grating some of the cheese before you freeze it. We love some cheese topping on mash or cottage pie. It's so handy to just reach in the freezer for a handful.
    • FestiveJoy
    • By FestiveJoy 30th Dec 17, 12:15 PM
    • 59 Posts
    • 31 Thanks
    FestiveJoy
    Went a bit mad in my local supermarket on Thursday as they had ridiculous prices 5p for Savoy cabbage, 6p for celery etc.

    We have :
    1 cauliflower (earmarked for cheese and cauli soup)
    Large bag carrots
    2 bags parsnips
    2 leeks
    Bunch of celery
    Bag of sprouts
    1 savoy cabbage
    Various onions though I am not officially allowed them cos of migraines (bought by friend)
    Garlic
    Bag spuds

    There are two, sometimes three adults, mainly veggie living here at the moment.

    Can make soups I suppose, but any more imaginative tried and tested recipes? I think I need to freeze some of it as we'll never eat it all, preferably as ready meals.


    There's a fairly well-stocked spice cupboard with a lot of stiff from the Indian supermarket.
    Originally posted by JennyP
    My rabbits would love most of that, but only if it was fresh and crisp eather than droopy left overs from before Christmas.

    Not sure about the garlick though. I suggest you listen to Peter Kay for best advice about what to do with that one.

    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 7th Jan 18, 11:05 AM
    • 931 Posts
    • 654 Thanks
    JennyP
    Just came back to say thank you for all the suggestions.

    No veg went to waste.

    JackieO, a massive veggie lasagne made 3 meals for bus and the friend who's kindly letting us stay at his whilst we wait for our house to complete.

    Nargleblast, I am not a fan of prunes but love your prune dish and we've actually started buying leeks specially to make it.

    Got a massive carrot and turmeric soup in the freezer too as am trying to have more turmeric because of the health benefits.
    • Nargleblast
    • By Nargleblast 7th Jan 18, 8:36 PM
    • 9,091 Posts
    • 57,706 Thanks
    Nargleblast
    I am so pleased you tried and enjoyed the leeks with prunes recipe, I haven!!!8217;t cooked it in ages- must put prunes and leeks on the shopping list!
    Debt free date.....3 August 2015
    Now building up a Doomsday Cash Stash
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 8th Jan 18, 9:28 AM
    • 15,972 Posts
    • 135,550 Thanks
    JackieO
    Fantastic haul and well done for finding a good use for it. So far this month I have spent not a farthing as I am using up left overs as much as possible Came home last night with some left over veg and sliced lamb which will be my dinner tonight from DD's I have worked out that my first shop of 2018 will be next Monday when I should need some fresh fruit and veg and a few basic odds and ends like cheese ,eggs etc I am really pleased to be able to use as much up as I can before buying any more

    JackieO xx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus. 2018
    Running total for four months food only shopping =£126.24.Freezer stuff slowly going down at last May totals £31.11 June spends so far £18.90, brought a few odds and ends home from my holiday and using those up first.
    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 8th Jan 18, 9:41 AM
    • 931 Posts
    • 654 Thanks
    JennyP
    Fantastic haul and well done for finding a good use for it. So far this month I have spent not a farthing as I am using up left overs as much as possible Came home last night with some left over veg and sliced lamb which will be my dinner tonight from DD's I have worked out that my first shop of 2018 will be next Monday when I should need some fresh fruit and veg and a few basic odds and ends like cheese ,eggs etc I am really pleased to be able to use as much up as I can before buying any more

    JackieO xx
    Originally posted by JackieO
    Thanks Jackie. But if I am honest, I spend a small fortune on food. Trouble is that a) I love cooking, b) I love eating even more, c) I am disorganised and d) I have very bad migraines so periodically try some faddy diet in the hopes of improvement which costs even more. Picking up that Deliciously Ella book one day in the library was a disaster, for example. Next minute the cupboards were full of raw cacao and other stuff that never got used because I tried it once and didn't like it! I live near Morrison's and shop every day which is silly.

    Resolved to be more organised this year. Downloaded a meal plan yesterday off the internet. Adapted it for our tastes and adjusted the shopping list it came with accordingly. It's supposedly a pound a day for two people do £14 for a week but it comes to more like £36 on the my supermarket app! It's a start though. But when u read posts like yours I wonder how on earth you all do it?!!!!

    Have just given up work as my hubby is retired so want to be more careful!
    • Out, Vile Jelly
    • By Out, Vile Jelly 8th Jan 18, 11:26 AM
    • 3,989 Posts
    • 13,575 Thanks
    Out, Vile Jelly
    Have you tried keeping a food diary? That's the only way to identify if it's a particular substance that triggers migraines. Fad diets are best avoided.
    They are an EYESORES!!!!
    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 8th Jan 18, 11:33 AM
    • 931 Posts
    • 654 Thanks
    JennyP
    Yes, I did for a while but then I saw a specialist who said it is never just one trigger. It's a build up of several, food and non-food.
    My partner is a doctor and he reckons my main cause is worrying about whether I'll get a migraine!!!
    I gave up sugar - including most fruit sugar - for a year and that was definitely better.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

4,152Posts Today

8,320Users online

Martin's Twitter