Having been a long time poster on the MoneySavingExpert Old Style forum I remembered one lady who fed her family of 4 on £100 a month. Her "name" is weezl and she left off her epic thread posting to set up her own blog and website dedicated to sharing some of her recipes and plans. Sadly these seem to have fallen by the wayside during the last year but since starting this challenge I re-visited to see if there is anything that I could use. Then last night I discovered that some child, who shall remain nameless, had emptied (as in eaten) the whole box of raw lasagne that I was planning to use for tea tonight. Luckily weezl provided the answer as one of her recipes was for a lasagne made with pancakes instead of pasta.
Here is her brilliant (veggie) recipe priced last year at just 18p a portion. Wow.
Unfortunately whilst I think I can swing pancakes rather than pasta with my fussy hoards this time I think red lentils will need to to crept up on.....Even with the substitutions its still pretty cheap and will freeze just the same.
My meat sauce
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 carrots, grated
1 courgette, peeled and grated (no tell-tale green bits for the kids to see!)
1 carton of passatta - plus rinse out the carton
250g minced beef
2 tbsp porridge oats
1 tsp marmite OR a stock cube
Soften the veggies in a little oil before adding the meat. Stir to break up any lumps (no free-form meatballs allowed!) this will allow thinner layers when you assemble the dish. Add remaining ingredients and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30-40 minutes. Use this sauce for lasagne (made like the recipe linked to above) or with pasta shapes, rice, couscous or baked potato. This can also be frozen.