6 Cheap meals to get you through winter

It’s cold, it’s rainy and you just want comfort food, without blowing your budget. Look no further. With just five ingredients, you can conjure up a hearty and filling soup. No need to spend money at a restaurant, find these ingredients in your grocery cupboard.

Cauliflower soup
Ingredients
:

  • 1 cauliflower head (size of your choice).
  • 4 cups of water.
  • 2 tsp of salt Shinchon Zombie Comics.
  • Olive oil.
  • A tablespoon of unsalted butter.

Method:

  1. Bring water to a boil and add 2 teaspoons of salt.
  2. Add cauliflower and cook until soft.
  3. Purée the cauliflower and water.
  4. Add a tablespoon of unsalted butter for taste.
  5. Serve in bowls and drizzle with olive oil.

Optional:

  • ½ finely grated Parmesan cheese.
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice (enhances the taste of the soup).

Tomato soup
Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of tomato puree.
  • 4 tablespoons of butter.
  • 3 minced garlic cloves.
  • 2 cups of tomato juice.
  • 1/3 cup of heavy cream (thickens and makes soup extra creamy and tasty).
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper.

Method:

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a pot.
  2. Add minced garlic and sauté (pan fry).
  3. Pour in your tomato puree and chicken stock and bring everything to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Ladle out the soup into a bowl and drizzle with a dollop of cream.

Optional:

  • ¼ chopped fresh basil.
  • Grated cheddar cheese.

Butternut soup
Ingredients:

  • 1kg of butternut peeled and chopped.
  • 1 medium onion chopped.
  • 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • 1 cup of water.
  • Salt and pepper.

Method:

  1. In a large pot, melt the butter, and fry the onions and garlic until soft.
  2. Add the chopped butternut, water, chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  3. Allow to simmer for about 30 minutes until the butternut has softened.
  4. Remove from heat and use a blender or food processor for smooth consistency. (If not, mash the butternut until smooth)
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Don’t overdo the salt! Remember to stick to the recommended daily limit of one teaspoon a day.

Optional:

  • A teaspoon of nutmeg.
  • Fresh heavy cream.
  • Chunky bacon pieces.
  • A Greek salad or crunchy bread.

Split pea soup
Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups of dried split peas.
  • 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • 1 medium sized chopped onion.
  • 3 medium sized carrots, chopped into small pieces.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
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Method

  1. Melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Gradually start adding the onions and carrots.
  3. Sauté until the vegetables are soft.
  4. Add peas and water and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to a medium-low heat.
  6. Partially cover the pot and cook for about an hour until peas soften.
  7. While cooking keep stirring to ensure consistency.
  8. Add salt and pepper for taste.

Optional:

  • 4 slices of bread, crusts removed, cut into cubes.
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice.
  • A cup of diced ham or cooked bacon.

Sandwiches

Enjoy a delicious and filling lunch with these easy five ingredient sandwiches.

Grilled chicken and pineapple sandwich:
Ingredients:

  • 1 boneless chicken breast.
  • 1 wholewheat roll.
  • Olive oil & balsamic vinegar
  • Pineapple (optional).
  • Lettuce leaves.

Method:

  1. Preheat oven or pan to medium heat, and drizzle with a little oil.
  2. Grill or fry chicken until cooked through.
  3. Place pineapple in oven or pan, cook until charred.
  4. Toast your rolls (optional).
  5. Place lettuce leaves onto the bottom roll.
  6. Top your roll with chicken and pineapple.
  7. Add the olive oil and balsamic mix on top of the the roll.

Optional:

  • A slice of cheese.
  • Slices of tomato.
  • Salt and pepper.

Egg in a hole sandwich
Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of rye bread.
  • 1 egg.
  • 2 slices of bacon.
  • Oil
  • 2-3 slices of fresh tomato.

Method:

  1. Cook the bacon in the oven or a pan until golden brown.
  2. Cut a hole in the centre of one slice of bread, and brush both sides with oil.
  3. Toast your bread in the pan (with the hole on the one side) until lightly browned.
  4. Crack the egg into the hole and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cook until the egg white is set.
  6. Toast the other slice of bread and set aside.
  7. Layer the bacon and tomato on the full slice of toast.
  8. Top the sandwich with the egg-in-a-hole slice.

Optional:

  • Slices of avocado.
  • Slice of cheese.

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