#Whats4Lunch – The hot combos 4

Spinach, Chicken and potato

Spinach, Chicken and potato

Spinach & Chicken (total spent 30p)

 Ingredients:

  • 5 – 6 cubes of frozen spinach 30p – (1 pack of 15 cubes costs £1)
  • Leftover roast chicken – A thigh or a leg (a single ready cooked thigh cost 70p at Sainsbury’s rotisserie).
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Garlic granules
  • Mix herbs
  • A pinch of stock cube
  • 1 tea spoon butter
  • Chilli flakes
  • Leftover roast potato – Or jacket potato

Method:

Put 5-6 cubes of spinach in a bowl and leave out of the freezer overnight.

Seasoning the spinach

Seasoning the spinach

In the morning, squeeze out the excess of water from the spinach and season the raw spinach with black pepper from the grinder, dry garlic, chilli flakes and salt.

Now use half of the butter and mix it up in the spinach before pouring it in the Tupperware and topping it with the chicken and the potato that you would have cut in smaller pieces.

Spread the leftover butter on the chicken before placing the lid on the lunch box.

Spinach, Chicken and potato

Spinach, Chicken and potato

When you get to work, place the lunch box in the fridge and at lunch time, lift the lid a little bit to let out steam. Place the box in the microwave for 7-8 minutes.

Stir the spinach from bottom to top to spread the juices that no doubt would have cumulated at the bottom of the lunch box.

Plate and enjoy.

All the unpriced can be found in the house and the spinach had to be bought specially. So, the total spent is 30p.

The beetroot dip

Beetroot dip

Beetroot dip

Ingredients for 1kg dip:

  • 600g precooked beetroot in vinegar (£1)

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Hand full of small green chillies (10p)
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 small fresh tomato
  • 2 stock cubes
  • 400 ml plain vegetable oil
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Salt and black pepper

Note: as this was part of the menu for 6 people, you will only need just about 300g of this dip to serve the vegetables cakes. The relative cost spent for this dip is £1.10 (for 1kg) or 5-6p per serving on this menu.

Method:

Ingredients ready for the blender

Ingredients ready for the blender

If the beetroot has skin, peel it, cut off the extremities and chop them. Blend in a food processor until smooth. Remove from the processor and set aside.

Now peel and roughly chop the onion, garlic and chopped tomato. To that, add black pepper and salt. Put all of that in the food processor, remove the tail of the green chillies, add in

blended beetroot

blended beetroot

the processor and blend until smooth also set aside. To not mix with the beetroot at this point.

In a deep pan with a lid, heat 200ml oil and fry in it until crisp the 3 sprigs of fresh thyme. Now pour in the oil the onion garlic and tomato mix. Stir and cover. For 10 minutes opening from time to time to stir.

By covering we are looking for the water in the mix to evaporate. Once

The half way stage

The half way stage

the water has evaporated, only clear oil will be bubbling up on the surface of the mix as shown on the photo right.

Now, add the blended beetroot, stir to combine well the content of the pan, add the rest of the oil taste, add freshly grinded pepper and salt, stir and cover for 20 minutes. Make sure to cover the pan because the content bubbles up and spits, the splashed of beetroot might redecorate the kitchen.

Ready to cool down

Ready to cool down

Open the pan from time to time to stir. After 20 minutes, there should be no liquid left in the pan. What should be visible is just the oil again, bubbling up above the dip. Remove from heat and serve hot. Leave the rest to completely cool down before spooning into jars.

I served mine as part of a starter.

Marrow cakes serving suggestion

Marrow cakes  with beet dip

This dip is great and can be used for chips and other vegetables. Also use it as a spread for sandwiches or mixed into a simple salad. Use is as you would mayonnaise or mustard or simply offer some to friends and family if you’ve got too much.

Spooned in jar for use later

Spooned in jar for use later

Enjoy!

See more about this vegan menu here.

Caramel Chicken

The perfect tan in a pan

The perfect tan in a pan

Serves 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 4 x 200g chicken on the bone (2 tights and 2 wings) (£2.40)
  • Thyme
  • Herbes de Provence
  • Garlic granules
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 fresh tomatoes (22p)

Total spend: Bought a whole chicken of 1.350kg for £3.50 for the full menu. It works at 30p per 100g of chicken. The breasts from this same chicken were used for the broccoli salad.

The tomato was bought in the supermarket at 69p per pack of 6. So, total spent for this recipe £2.62 or 0.66p person.

For the mains (poelee & Chicken) served in this whole menu cost £5.71 or 1.43 per person

Method:

Cut out the chicken wings and thighs from the main body, rinse the chicken and make some deep scoring on all the pieces.

Scored chicken

Scored chicken

Place them in a plastic bowl with lid and season with Thyme, garlic granules, herbs de Provence, salt and pepper. Rub all the seasoning well on each chicken piece then, cover and place in the fridge for at 30 minutes to 1 hour before frying.

Dice the tomatoes and set aside.

Once the chicken has absorbed the seasoning for 30 minutes + it is time to cooking it.

In a deep pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and add 1 teaspoon of plain regular sugar granules.

Caramel drops made in oil

Caramel drops made in oil

Stir continuously with a wooden spatula until the sugar turns golden.

As shown the picture right. Once the right colour is obtained, Immediate and carefully lay the chicken pieces at the bottom of the pan and allow 1 minute on each side for the skin to catch a colour and crisp a little a bit.

Once all the sides have been browned and coated with caramel, add about 100ml water to the chicken with the chopped tomatoes. Stir, season, and then cover to allow the chicken to cook through for about 20 – 25 minutes.

Coating the chicken with caramel

Coating the chicken with caramel

A big part of the water will have evaporated and there will only be a bit of juice left. Switch off the heat and leave to stand for about 5-10 minutes before serving.

The meat will be moist and firm with a perfect tan without being burnt and… Despite the sugar, it will not be sweet.

There is no real need for sauce with this as the poelee is already very moist.

Serve as suggested with a poelee of vegetables or, simply steamed vegetable or just French fries.

 

Poelee of vegetables with Caramel coated chicken

Poelee of vegetables with Caramel coated chicken

Enjoy.

I hope you liked the menu. Feel free to make some suggestions and post comments. See the starters for this menu here and the dessert here.

Thank you for checking in!

 

Until next time…. somebody is bringing a Cuban dessert… on 8th August!

Roast herbs and garlic potatoes

One. drain, rinse, cut

Season

mix

This is part of the main in the food bank menu Serves 5

Ingredients:

  • 800g tinned new potatoes (FB or 2 x 80p)
  • 40g fresh parsley (40p)
  • 3 garlic cloves (10p)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper

Total spend for this dish:

if food bank user is £0.50p or £0.10p per person. If on low budget £2 or 0.40p per person. Knowing that oil, salt and pepper… and garlic are already in the kitchen cupboard.

Ideally, the tinned new potatoes should be eaten as is just warmed up or deep fried to give it a bit of hardness and colour. Since the oven is already heated. I thought I could just roasted them for this menu.

Drain the potatoes, halve them, put them in an oven dish and add a hand full of chopped parsley and minced garlic. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper. Also add 3 tablespoon of olive oil. Toss to mix and place the dish in the oven for 1 hour at 200°C… Serve with the Marrow fat ratatouille

 

All roasted!

All roasted!