February is always a frugal month for me. Not only am I getting over Christmas and the costs incurred there but it’s my Mum’s birthday, my sister-in-laws birthday, nearly Mothers Day and the month in which I start thinking of putting a deposit down on a holiday.
For all of those reasons, my beauty buying becomes a bit limited and so does my food shopping. It’s always a big struggle on Slimming World trying to find recipes that are tasty but don’t break the bank, as well as being relatively simple to cook as I am a busy, busy bee through the week and never have time when I get home to become a slave in the kitchen.
This is one of those long standing recipes that I always return to because it takes 5 minutes to prepare, is low in syns and tastes delicious. I’ve calculated that the whole batch of this costs me about £3.55 to make (that makes 4 portions!). I’ve used branded ingredients in there too, so you could probably cut a quarter off it by buying own brand or budget items and of course you can switch the main meat (I’ve used sausages) to make it cheaper again, completely syn free or vegetarian!!
Sausage & Bean Casserole
- Any meat cubed(I’ve used 8 sausages at 1.5 syns each)
- 1 tin of tomatoes
- 1 tin of kidney beans
- 1 tin sliced carrots
- 1 tin baked beans in tomato sauce
- 1 pork stock cube (or whatever matches your meat)
- 1 leek, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic or garlic granules
- smoked paprika, 2 tbsp
- paprika, 1 tbsn
- cayenne pepper, 1/2 tbsp
Throw in a casserole dish and mix well. Heat in oven at 180’c for an hour.
Serve alone, with a selection of veg or crusty bread.
You could also use a completely different selection of herbs and spices to match it to your taste!