Favourite budget meal this week
I made a sausage casserole in the slow cooker which was lovely, I created the recipe myself but wrote down what I used which is lucky as it was lovely!
6 Sausages (I used Linda McCartney Rosemary and red onion but think Quorn low fat sausages would have been nicer but I had none!)
3 peppers deseeded and cut into bite size chunks
2 cartons of passata
1 can baked beans
500g mushrooms quartered
2 large red onions
4 tsp Ground Cumin
2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Garlic salt
I put it on low for 4 hours, sausages went in frozen and all other ingredients raw. There was a lot of the casserole around the sausages and served 3/4 though maybe add a couple more sausages if serving 4 though I would say plenty of the other ingredients to serve 4. It kept well in the fridge for a few days and microwaved easily to reheat. I didn’t serve it with anything though if you wanted meal to go further could serve with potatoes/rice or anything you fancy!
This is a recipe created by Primula for Slimming World and can be syn free (by current syn values though as always these can change) depending on exact fajita seasoning used, the recipe below includes a currently syn free Fajita seasoning and relies on the primula being used as the healthy extra A if following the Slimming World plan otherwise add 6 syns.
2 Baking Potatoes cut into wedges
Low calorie cooking spray (I use frylight)
250g 5% or less fat minced beef or Quorn mince
1 Onion sliced
1 Red pepper deseeded and chopped into small chunks
230g Can chopped tomatoes
1 tsp Ground cumin
2 tsp Fajita seasoning (I use the Schwartz Perfect Shake fajita)
1 tsp Paprika
2 Tomatoes roughly chopped
150g Primula Light cheese
Fresh green Jalapeno chillies, finely chopped (optional – I don’t use them!)
Cook wedges either in the oven, in an air-fryer or however you normally cook Slimming World Chips! Oven takes approximately 50 minutes turning half way through, I use my Actifry which takes approximately 30 minutes
Spray a large frying pan with the low calorie cooking spray and stir fry mince for 10 minutes, add the onion and cook for a further 5-6 minutes. When onion is softened add the pepper and cook for another 2-3 minutes then stir in the canned tomatoes.
Sprinkle in the cumin, fajita seasoning and paprika and cook for 10-15 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated, stir in the fresh tomatoes and remove from the heat.
Put the wedges into an ovenproof dish, top with the mince mixture and squeeze over the Primula light and if using sprinkle with the chillies. Put under a preheated grill for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown.
Serves 2 and if using Primula as healthy Extra A and the Schwartz seasoning is syn free (these can change so please be aware to check syn values)
It is a really lovely and warming meal! We have had it with pasta instead of wedges before too which is lovely. The original recipe used just minced beef however I have made it with Quorn and its lovely and worked just as well with the recipe.
I love peppers and am pretty sure that I eat peppers pretty much every day! I am not so keen on the green ones so always impressed when the shops have three packs without greens in (I have noticed lately around near me Tesco and Asda both do! I love them for snacks to eat on their own or dipped in houmous etc. Peppers are great in salads too and I really think you can never have too much pepper in a salad! I love how versatile peppers are and that they actually work in so many meals, colourful too which I think is a bonus when encouraging children to add vegetables to their food!
I love paprika, a little bit of paprika adds a little something to so many dishes, definitely a must in the spice rack for me! Try it sprinkled on chips before cooking its lovely!
Also this week I have bought some bargain bras, a reduced t-shirt I liked and my Christmas jumper, all of which were on offer and if I was bigger still I would have been paying more as there is less choice at size 28/30 than there is at size 8 and rarely in sales in a variety of high street shops!