tasty food on a tight budget
with unpredictable supplies!
If you can't find eggs:
For baking, try a flax egg (soak 1 tsbp ground linseed/flaxseed in water for 15 mins). This reproduces the protein and binding qualities of egg, but not the rising, so you'll need more raising agent.
If you need self raising flour:
Add half a teaspoon of baking powder and half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda per 200g of flour
Banana Breakfast Bars - sweet but still wholesome, and a tried and tested hit with kids
Peanut Butter Noodles
This is a delicious store cupboard dinner
- 2 tsbp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
- juice of 1/2 lime (or use cider or white wine vinegar)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic
- 2cm piece fresh ginger (optional)
Blitz all the ingredients to make a smooth suace. Cook some noodles according to packet instrutions. Serve with the sauce, stir fried vegetables, a fried egg, frozen prawns or chicken. Top with spring onions and corinader if you have it
Carrot and Lentil Soup
Very cheap, quick and easy
- 1 tbsp olive oil, ghee or coconut oil
- 1 white onion, diced
- 1 tsp cumin, whole seeds or ground
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 500g carrots, sliced in thin buttons
- 200g red split lentils (you can use other lentils but may need to soak or cook longer)
- stock cube (chicken or vegetable)
In a large saucepan, soften the onion in the oil, then add the spices and cook gently until the aromas come up. Add 1 litre hot water, stock cube, carrots and lentils. Cook for 20 mins. Blend.
Wild Garlic or Kale Pesto
Wild garlic is everywhere in March if you can get to some woodland. Kale or any greens can be substituted.
- handful well washed wild garlic leaves
- handful basil leaves if available
- 200g parmesan
- 150g nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts or pinenuts work best)
- olive oil
Blend, adding enough olive oil to achieve the consistency you want. You can also add a little water or lemon juice to loosen. Stir through pasta, fold into bread dough, or slip under the skin of chicken
Credit to Laura C for recipe!
Jasmine Hemsley's kitchari
An Indian comfort food staple, this can be made with any type of rice and pulses, which together make a complete protein and is extremely nutritious. This can be made entirely from store cupboard ingredrients and spices, and flavours are flexible according to your tastes.