How to Cook Cheap Meals Under £10

Chicken and Vegetables Puff Pie

Ingredients

  • 200 gr chopped chicken breast
  • 1 Chopped Leek
  • 3-4 Mushrooms
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 1 Puff pastry
  • 4 Slices bacon
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 120 ml white wine
  • 180 ml chicken stock
  • 1 Knob butter
  • 3 Tablespoon plain flour
  • Ground Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Mixed herbs

Method

  1. Heat a frying pan with olive oil over medium heat and add the chicken. Cook until brown and then add the leeks for 3 minutes. Add garlic, bacon, mushrooms and leave for another 2 minutes. Sprinkle with some salt, pepper, and mixed herbs.
  2. Stir well and then remove from the heat. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan and add the flour stirring frequently. Slowly pour some stock and wine taking care to avoid lumps.
  3. Mix the chicken with the sauce paste and transfer into a pie dish. On top of it, lay a pastry, cutting the excess with a knife and brushing with the beaten egg.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 C and leave to bake for around 40 -45 minutes until the pastry has risen.

 

Vegetable Kebabs

Greek Vegetables kebabs

Ingredients

  • 120 gr Halloumi cheese
  • 1 Courgette
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Yellow pepper
  • 120 gr cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 Chili
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh Mint

Method

  1. On a chopping board, cut the courgettes lengthways and then in half rounds. Put in a large bowl.  Chop the halloumi cheese into 2 cm cubes and add to the bowl.  Cut the yellow pepper into 2 cm cubes as well and add to the bowl.
  2. Chop the mint leaves and the chili as well removing the seeds. Put everything in the bowl of vegetables, squeezing some lemon juice, olive oil, and ground pepper.
  3. Preheat grill. Divide the halloumi cubes, cherry tomatoes, courgettes and peppers between skewers.
  4. Grill for around 15 minutes or until the vegetables become soft and cheese is melted
  5. Serve with pita bread.

 

Sweet Chili Drumsticks

Sweet chilli drumsticks

Ingredients

  • 6 Chicken drumsticks
  • 2 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoon sweet chili
  • 1 Tablespoon honey

Method

  1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together, drumsticks, honey, sweet chili and soy sauce. Leave to marinade for 1-2 hours in the fridge.
  2. Preheat oven or if preferred barbecue.
  3. Place the marinaded drumsticks and bake for 20 minutes or until they become crispy gold.
  4. Baste with their own sauce during baking.

 

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spagheti Bolognese

Ingredients

  • 500 gr minced beef
  • 2 Onions chopped
  • 350 gr spaghetti
  • 80 gr mushrooms
  • 500 gr can tomatoes
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 300 ml hot beef stock
  • Ground pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Oregano
  • Grated parmesan

Method

  1. Put a large frying pan over high heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the chopped onion, minced beef and garlic and fry for 4-5 minutes until they brown. Add mushrooms together with herbs and leave for 3 minutes more.
  2. Stir the beef stock and tomatoes and bring to a boil for 30  minutes.
  3. Meanwhile in a pan of salted boiling water cook spaghetti for 8-10 minutes. Drain well and then whisk in the meat sauce. Sprinkle with the half of the parmesan and stir well.
  4. Serve on plates and sprinkle with the rest of parmesan cheese.
  5. Enjoy.

 

Beef Fillet in White Wine Sauce

Beef Fillets in white wine sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 Beef steaks
  • 1 Package asparagus
  • 3 Shallots
  • 5 Baby red potatoes
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/4 Cup red wine
  • 1/4 Beef broth
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil

Method

  1. First, prepare the marinade for the meat. In a large bag, add beef steaks and combine red wine, beef broth, salt, pepper, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Leave for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 C.  In a baking dish, put all the vegetables, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss all together and bake for 45 minutes.
  3. Put a non-stick skillet on medium heat and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. Remove the steaks from the bag of marinade and put on the pan. Leave to 3-4 minutes each side. Remove from heat and put on the serving plate.
  4. Add the reserved marinade to the pan and boil for 1 minute.
  5. Meanwhile turn the oven off and place the roasted vegetables on the plate with steak. Pour over the gravy.

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