Living on a budget doesn’t mean you have to eat cheap food. YOURLifeChoices has three budget meals which are also quick, tasty and good for you.
Kaye’s Tasty Baked Apples
4 large granny smith apples
Handful of sultanas
Handful of crunchy muesli
Handful of chopped almonds or walnuts
I tablespoon brown sugar
1 cup Golden Syrup
4 knobs of butter
1 cup hot water
Hint – Do not even try to substitute honey for golden syrup – it just isn’t sweet enough!
Also consider adding a cinnamon stick!
Wash apples and remove cores. Score around “girth” of apple with a sharp knife.
Place in a baking tray.
Mix together sultanas, muesli, chopped nuts and sugar.
Gently insert mix into centre of the apples.
Place the knob of butter on top of centre, like a plug.
Pour the golden syrup over all four apples, then pour the hot water over.
Bake, covered with foil, in a slow oven (180 degrees Celsius) for one hour. Add more water during cooking process if necessary. Test with a knife that apples are melt-in-the-mouth soft. Enjoy in front of a log fire with you nearest and dearest (and just maybe a glass of Shiraz) after serving with homemade custard and/or cream and vanilla ice-cream. Fabbo!
Lucas’ Low-fat Pea Soup
8 cups water
450g peas with shells
½ cup finely chopped dill
Salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste
½ cup low-fat plain yogurt
In a large pot, bring water to the boil and add peas. Return to boil then reduce to simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove one third of the pea pods and place in a food processor with half a cup of cooking liquid and process until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat with the remaining pea pods in two batches, with 1/2 cup cooking liquid each time.
Pour the pureed peas and the remaining cooking liquid through a fine-meshed sieve, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
Return the soup to the pot and bring to the boil. Simmer until reduced by about a third, approximately 30 to 35 minutes. Stir in chopped dill and add salt and pepper.
Serve in bowls with a swirl of yogurt and a sprig of dill as garnish.
Fruity Beef Curry
Ingredients – serves two
400g blade steak, diced
1 tablespoon low-fat spread
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 onion, chopped
1/2 apple, chopped
pinch ground pepper
pinch of salt
½ tablespoon sultanas
½ tablespoon curry powder
½ tablespoon chutney
½ cup water
juice of one lemon
Fry onion and apple in low-fat spread until transparent.
Add beef and curry powder and fry until meat is brown.
Add flour and brown further.
Pour in water and add chutney sultanas, salt, pepper and lemon juice.
Bring to the boil and simmer for two minutes.
Serve on steamed brown rice.