Phew, this has had to be a very tight week indeed! Coming in to the last week of the month is never any fun budget wise, but an expensive car park charge in Brighton and a couple of rounds of coffee caught us out last week, leaving us with not very much at all for food shopping! Whilst we have been able to top up the joint account from our own, its obviously good practice to run things as tight as possible in situations like this.
So, leftovers for the week were cherry tomatoes, a cucumber, and some chicken thighs. Whenever I see cherry tomatoes and cucumber left together, it instantly takes me to one of our all time favourite dinners – Tomato, Cucumber and Halloumi Salad. This is so gorgeous and light, the flavours of the dressing with herbs and onion work so nicely with the salty tang of the fried halloumi, and is finished off nicely with some toast or ciabatta bread, whichever you prefer. http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/18680/pan+fried+haloumi+with+tomato+and+basil+salad+and+toasted+olive+bread
Leftover chicken thighs are a little tricker, as most chicken recipes call for chicken breast, and the two don’t cross over very well. Cue BBC Good Food website and its lifesaving search function, bringing me across a delicious chicken, asparagus and new potato roast – very spring time! Even better, I remembered I had a pack of new potatoes tucked away in a dark corner somewhere – yes they have a couple of sprouts, but the majority are still perfect to use. Double Yay! http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3084682/rosemary-roast-chicken-thighs-new-potatoes-asparag
Believe it or not though, that’s me out of leftovers!
Still, there are ways to be extra savvy with your shopping – there will always be things in your store cupboard which can be used towards the simplest of meals, and there are also recipes with minimal ingredients and no wastage. The best example of this is an easy peasy pesto gnocchi – pesto from the store cupboard, a bag of gnocchi and a red pepper for a little crunch and colour. Love it 🙂 Secret tip – I pan fry my gnocchi as often as possible, I find it still cooks through giving the nice fluffy texture inside, but just leaves a nice barely-crisp outside that is to die for! Thanks Nigella 😉
Last but not least (we’re round parents’ a couple of nights this week to aid the budgeting even further!) is another beautifully simple meal – Chickpea and Chorizo Bowl, with onions and couscous. The flavours in this are incredible, and it is so warm and filling and satisfying – I’m just wondering why I haven’t made it for so long! Again, onions are a fridge staple, as are the dressing ingredients and couscous – so all I need is a can of chickpeas and some chorizo, which will roll over nicely into next week’s leftovers 😉 I’ll post the recipe for this later in the week for you guys to check out!
Lotsa Love! x