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November 11, 2011

Rajma Curry Recipe – Delicious, quick, easy, cheap and vegetarian

Filed under: Food, Money, recipe, Saving, Vegetables — Tags: , , , , , , , — moneysavingcookbook @ 2:26 pm

1 can red kidney beans
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tsp mild curry powder
1/2 onion
pinch salt
pinch black pepper
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 vegetable stock cube

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over a medium-high heat until the oil starts to form “legs.”
Slice the onion and add to the saucepan. Allow to fry until slightly softened.
Add the curry powder. Stir and allow to cook for approximately five minutes.
Add the red kidney beans, including the water in which they are packed, and stir. If they are packed in salted water, or if you are trying to cut down on sodium, drain the beans, rinse and add plain water instead.
Add the seasonings, stir and allow to cook until the water comes to a rolling boil.
Add the tomato ketchup, stir and reduce the flame/heat to a medium heat setting.
Add the vegetable stock cube and a few tablespoons of water, or made up vegetable stock.
Cover the saucepan and allow the liquid to reduce until the curry reaches your preferred thickness, or for about 15 minutes.
Turn off the heat, stir, taste and adjust the seasoning.

Serve over white rice.

Serves 4

Rajma curry is tasty, healthy, vegetarian and extremely cheap to make. Adjust the recipe to suit your taste. You can make a lot of this curry and freeze it for a quick make-ahead midweek meal. Any leftover can be used as sandwich toppings or incorporated into other meals.


Cheap Eats – Legumes Are Food AND Friends

Filed under: Food, Money, recipe, Saving, Uncategorized, Vegetables — Tags: , , , , , , , — moneysavingcookbook @ 11:38 am

Legumes are a great source of protein and have the added benefits of being tasty and extremely good for your health and your pocket. Replace one or two meat meals per week with a legume-based meal. Try red and green lentils, which have very different flavours and can be prepared in a wide variety of ways. Lentil recipes are limited by your imagination, really, as the possibilities are almost endless.

One of our favourite mid-week staples is a stew made of red lentils with salt and black pepper. It takes about 15 minutes to cook, with no prep except a quick rinse, and tastes delicious. We simply pair it with pita bread and a glass of juice. Simple, easy, healthy.

A nice Rajma curry, made with curry powder and red kidney beans, is another excellent, easy, delicious meat-free option. It;s simple to prepare and tastes so great served over white rice that you won’t even miss the meat.

We love legumes, because they are cheap, tasty, healthy and packed full of nutrients. Money-saving Cookbook approved.

November 24, 2010

Save Money By Buying Frozen Instead of Fresh

Filed under: Food, Money, Saving, Shopping, Uncategorized, Vegetables — moneysavingcookbook @ 9:30 am

Buying frozen foods is usually a cheaper option than buying their fresh counterparts, mostly because fresh foods are more perishable than frozen foods, have the appeal of being “fresh” and are more convenient as you don’t have to thaw them before use.

When it comes to some vegetables, like peas and your frozen mixed vegetables, it is usually better to buy the cheaper frozen variety than the fresh. Not only are the frozen vegetables usually cheaper, and already prepared, giving you more value for money, vegetables are often frozen at the peak of freshness, locking in the nutrients. The fresh vegetables sitting on the shelf continue to age, so peak nutrients are not guaranteed. It is nice to know that there is a cheaper option that also provides benefits, so don’t overlook the frozen vegetables next time you’re shopping for food.

November 20, 2010

Up Early? Eggs For Breakfast

Filed under: Food, Money, Saving, Time, Uncategorized — moneysavingcookbook @ 8:22 am

Up early? Eating eggs for breakfast helps keep hunger at bay and reduces calorie consumption throughout the day. To save money, buy the value packs of eggs available in most large supermarkets, or get your own hen 🙂

November 19, 2010

Time Is Money

Filed under: Food, Money, Saving, Time, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — moneysavingcookbook @ 12:37 pm

The old adage, “time is money” is certainly true when it comes to food. Often, a tiny bit of convenience amounts to a large increase in the cost of food. You can make big savings by simply skipping the convenience and spending a few extra minutes in the kitchen. Usually, this also means you get to exercise greater control over what goes into your food, and the number of additives and preservatives you end up consuming. Check The Money-Saving Cookbook for great recipes to start saving on food today.

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