The recent first episode of The Great British Budget Menu got me thinking about how much we spend on food and actually, how much we waste. I feel very lucky that I can afford to shop for nice ingredients and we eat out regularly too but, I still have to watch the pennies and often write a meal plan to make the most of whats in the cupboards. I also make full use of my freezer and its always well stocked with reduced items! It was an interesting show which certainly provoked some opinions on twitter - both good and bad but I think the most important thing whether you agree with the shows format or not, is that its got people talking about food and how to eat well on a budget.
This is a great meal for when pennies are tight, plus it uses very few fresh ingredients so is also good for the end of the month when you need to do a food shop. I estimate this at approx £2.50 a serving!
Ingredients, serves 2-3:
- Tin of chopped tomatoes
- Tin of kidney beans
- Pack of 6 sausages - I used award winning and totally delicious The Giggly Pig chilli and garlic sausages. Get the best you can afford and go for something with a good spicy flavour.
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 red or green pepper diced
- 100ml red wine
- Salt and pepper to season
- Chilli oil (or normal olive oil if you don't have it)
- Heat the oil in a cast iron or large saucepan and fry the onions and garlic for a few minutes then add the sausages and brown for 10-12 minutes.
- Add the peppers and allow them to soften for a couple of minutes.
- Turn the up and add the wine, allow it to come to the boil and then turn the heat down to low.
- Add the tinned tomatoes (plus half a tin of water) and kidney beans and season to taste. Put a lid on and allow the liquid to simmer down for around 15 minutes - this will also finish cooking the sausages through.
- Take the sausages out and cut them up into threes. This will help stretch your meat. Return them to the pan and cook for a further 5 mins.
- Serve with rice or crusty bread
|Spicy Sausage Chilli|
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