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Jardaloo Ma Murghi (Curry With Apricots) 22p

Jardaloo Ma Murghi (Curry With Apricots) 87p for 4 portions, or 22p each. This is my favourite curry, my go to, my easy but perfect comfort food. I used to make this with turkey, which at £1.75 for a 600g drumstick would serve four people easily (pre-roast [...]
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CARROT, CUMIN & KIDNEY BEAN BURGER

This burger is where the media storm began, and dubbed ‘the 9p burger’ because of the low cost of the ingredients used to make it, it’s one of my most popular recipes. A can of value range red kidney beans is a cheap but excellent source of protein [...]
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Lemon Curd Sponge Puddings, 24p.

Lemon Curd Sponge Puddings, 95p for 4 or 24p each. Luckily for me, as I shop very carefully, I have most of the ingredients for this in the cupboard at all times. Unluckily for my jeans, that means I’m never more than thirty-two minutes away from a [...]
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School Dinner Days Jam Sponge, 23p

School Dinner Jam Sponge, 90p for 4 at 23p each. Ingredients:* 100g self raising flour, 4p (65p/1.5kg) 70g butter, 34p (£1.20/250g) 2 eggs, 44p (£2.65/12 free range) 50g sugar, 5p (89p/kg) 4 heaped teaspoons of jam, 3p (29p/454g) How To: 1. Place the [...]
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Leek, Savoy & Smoked Cheese Pasta, 43p

Well, Lent is over and save a few hiccups, accidental and weakness, I managed to add quite a lot to my vegan recipe repertoire over the past month and a half. However, a week ago when I was clearing out my fridge, I came across a piece of smoked cheese [...]
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Mexican Chocolate, Chilli & Black Bean Soup, 25p

Mexican Chocolate, Chilli and Black Bean Soup, 99p. Serves 4 at 25p per portion. In a fit of organisation, I got up an hour early this morning to make myself some of this for my lunch. I’d popped the beans in cold water to soak for a chilli tonight, [...]
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Breakfast Sunshine Buns, 6p each

Breakfast Sunshine Buns – Pineapple, Carrot and Sultana) – 49p for 8 at 6p each. Ingredients:* 250g flour, 11p (65p/1.5kg) 1 sachet fast action dried yeast, 11p 30g sultanas, 6p (99p/500g) 1 carrot, 5p (part of a 1.25kg vegetable pack, £1) 1/2 [...]
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Earthy Red Wine & Mushroom Risotto, 36p.

Earthy Red Wine & Mushroom Risotto, Serves One. 36p. Still needing easy but comforting food with this cold, I decided to go for carbs and wine and goodness… I’ve never known anyone else to use red wine as a risotto base before – [...]
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Feisty Soup, 23p

Feisty Soup, 45p, makes two portions at 23p each. I made this for myself this afternoon as i’ve come down with an awful cold – I’ve not worked out if it’s the dreaded flu yet, but i’m shaky, exhausted and feeling generally [...]
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Sunshine Bread – Pineapple, Carrot & Sultana – 8 pennies

Sunshine Bread (Pineapple, Carrot and Sultana) – 49p for 6 pieces at 8p each Ingredients:* 250g flour, 11p (65p/1.5kg) 1 sachet fast action dried yeast, 11p 30g sultanas, 6p (99p/500g) 1 carrot, 5p (part of a 1.25kg vegetable pack, £1) 1/2 can [...]
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Gigantes Plaki, 17p.

Gigantes Plaki, serves 4 for 68p (17p per portion) Heading back to my Med roots with this simple but delicious dish, and I can have it for dinner, and lunch the next day, and pulse any leftovers into a soup. Enjoy! Ingredients:* 100g dried butter beans, 22p [...]
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Bubbles And Squeaks, 7p each.

Bubbles And Squeaks. Makes 10 bubble and squeak patties at 7p each, eat one or two or five, depending on how hungry you are. I was really hungry, so didn’t even get a picture of these. However I have half the mix left in the fridge for tonights [...]
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Carrot & Coriander Falafels, 23p.

Carrot and coriander falafels, 91p. Makes 12ish falafels, serves 4 at 23p each. Ingredients:* 3tbsp vegetable oil, 6p (£4.50/3l) 1 onion, 5p (£1/20pc veg bag) 400g can of chickpeas, 69p shake of cumin, 4p (95p/46g) 1 carrot, 5p (£1/20pc veg bag) parsley, [...]
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Vegetable Masala Curry, 30p.

Proper Vegetable Masala Curry, 89p, serves 3-4 at less than 30p each. This isn’t vegan. I tried but my pre-first-work-pay-packet budget just couldn’t stretch to £1.99 coconut milk versus 32p of natural yoghurt. I’ve failed my Lent [...]
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Posh Mushroom, Spinach & Walnut Pasta, 34p

Mushroom, Spinach & Walnut Pasta, 67p for 2 at 34p each. This came about as most of my recipes do, by a head in the fridge and a ‘hmm, what am I going to do with that?’ I’d bought the spinach in a fit of expense, as I start my new job [...]
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Chocolate Tea Bread, 18p

Chocolate Tea Bread, 70p for 4 generous portions at 18p each. This came about because I LOVE chocolate chip brioche, and going vegan for Lent (and maybe for life if I manage to make the switch) means that I haven’t had those little sweet buttery rolls [...]
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Carrot And Coriander Soup, 15p

Carrot & Coriander Soup, 15p. An easy way to use up the carrots kicking around in the fridge in the middle of the week, and a quick lunch or supper solution. I’d never made carrot and coriander soup before tonight but it’s a classic, and I [...]
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Earthy Mushroom Risotto, 27p

Earthy Mushroom Risotto, 54p for 2 portions at 27p each. Risotto purists will be horrified at my use of bog standard rice while daring to still term this a risotto, but at 40p per kilo compared to £1.12 for 500g of arborio rice, I say I’d rather have [...]
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Really Tomatoey Basilly Soup, 13p

Really Tomatoey Basilly Soup, 51p for 4 portions at just under 13p each. This is so simple that I feel cheeky calling it a recipe, but it’s one for all those folks on my Twitter feed that say ‘oh I’d love to make soup but I don’t [...]
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LOVE SOUP

There are many different recipes entitled Love Soup – I’ve seen some rich chicken soup recipes, some with heady garlic and some deep red tomato ones. By chance, the ingredients for this were what I had kicking around in the fridge last Valentines Day, [...]
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One-A-Penny Little Duck Pizzas, 1p

One-A-Penny Little Duck Pizzas, 1p each. Made 28, for less than 27p. Fed two adults, a Small Girl and a Small Boy :) Number of pizzas will depend on the size of your cookie cutter. Little duck optional but adorable! Ingredients:* 200g plain flour, 9p [...]
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Red Lentil Bolognese, 21p

Red Lentil Bolognese, 85p for 4 servings (21p each) Ingredients:* 1 onion, 5p (part of a 20pc veg pack, £1) 1 carrot, 5p (part of a 20pc veg pack, £1) Fistful of thyme, free (window ledge) Fistful of parsley, free (window ledge) 1 garlic clove, 3p (46p [...]
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Spring Piggy, Posh Nosh! 33p

Spring Piggy, serves 4 for £1.34, or 34p each. This is an adaptation of a Nigella Lawson recipe for spring chicken, which was adapted in turn from a traditional rabbit recipe. That’s the thing about food, we all fiddle with it and tweak and make it [...]
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Mushroom, Bacon & Ale Casserole, 28p

Mushroom, Bacon and Ale Casserole, 56p, serves 2 at 28p per portion. I’ve got three of a four pack of very cheap Bitter under my sink from making this bread, so decided to put one to use with a hearty winter warming dinner. Along with my trusty cheap [...]
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Guinness, Ginger & Sultana Spelt Bread, 12p.

Guinness, Ginger and Sultana Spelt Bread, 71p for a big round hulking bread thing, 12p per portion if cut into six. Well, it’s not actually Guinness. Sainsburys Basics Bitter, but if you were being fancy or authentic or just had money to burn, I [...]
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Oh My God Dinner, 28p

Oh My God Dinner (or, ‘I Was Going To Make Pasta Alla Genovese And Then I Remembered That Sodding Courgette Rolling Around In My Fridge…’) 55p for 2 portions, or just under 28p each. Ingredients:* 70g bacon, 11p (£1.09/670g) 1 chilli [...]
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Mumma Jacks Best Ever Chilli, 30p

Best Ever Chilli, serves 4 for £1.18, or just under 30p per portion. This is one of my favourite staple dishes, and flicking through my blog recipes the other night I was surprised it wasn’t on here. Oh dear me, I thought, I’m going to have to [...]
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Courgette, Tomato and Brie Gratin, 26p.

Courgette And Brie Gratin, 51p for 2 portions (26p each) Still using up those courgettes… Ingredients:* 1/2 courgette, 30p (£1.80 for 6) 1/2 onion, 3p (part of a 20pc vegetable selection, £1) 25g Brie, 14p (£1.09/200g) 75g Rice, 3p (40p/1kg) 1 [...]
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Courgette ‘Pasta’ Ribbons With Honey, Chilli & Tomato Sauce: 53p

One of my Twitter followers has challenged me, me of the bread-and-pasta staples, to try to make gluten free recipes on my budget. The results will be here as I experiment – although she is also a vegetarian and hates kidney beans, but I think I have [...]
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COURGETTE & MINT FRITTERS

The humble courgette – you either love it or you hate it! However, courgettes are cheap and abundant in the summer months, and extremely versatile. These fritters are great as a standalone snack with a home made raita dip, or served with sausages and [...]
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