Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Easy and Cheap

No I'm not talking about myself, I'm talking food.

The family and I have given up take aways!!! *gasp*
(until Xmas *phew)
I have decided this for 2 reasons. My 1st reason, is the money we spend, the 2nd is trying to be a little healthier.

I would like to point out, it is not such a simple task, giving these up. I live within 100 yards of......
4 takeaways?!
They offer a variety of different choices, and are clean and friendly places. I also live within a mile of, well........a LOT more take aways! There are several in town, including the golden arches and the chicken one. So, not an easy thing to give up!

However, is it really that hard to cook similar? With a mixture of fresh and convenience foods, you can make something delicious. So I thought I would show you today, with one of my favourites.

Very local to me I also have several 'corner' shops. Including a fresh fruit and veg shop. This morning, after dropping the boys to school, I popped to these shops. This is what I bought.........

That little lot cost me *drum roll*...........£4!

There is easily enough for 2 or more people, depending on your appetite size. In fact, eat it all yourself, its all vegetables! I chose a leek as I quite like them, but a nice mild onion, or a red onion, would work just as well.


2 bell peppers
about 10 button mushrooms
1 leek
2 Dorot garlic cubes
Mayflower curry sauce.


Chop all the vegetables into bite size pieces, making sure to remove the tough outer layer of the leek, it's very unpleasant, and rinse it. Place it all in a pan, that's been coated with spray oil (to keep it low in fat). Keep it nice and hot, then stir-fry for 5-10 minutes, depending on how you like your veg. I do it for approx 5 minutes, I like my peppers to have a bit of crunch. Throw in 2 garlic cubes (or 2 cloves of garlic, if you have it)
Turn down the heat, so you can make the quick curry sauce, without burning the veg. Make up the curry according to the packet instructions. Pour it onto the veg, stirring continuously, it will thicken as it warms.

When it's thickened up, it's done! It really is that easy to make a quick, convenient curry.....

A little visual help
You could add anything to this, make it a family meal. Like a bit of  chicken and a baked potato.

For my lunch I added 100g of oven chips. I wanted to show you how it can be just like a take away, except....A. It's so much healthier + B. It's so simple!

Half of this curry comes to 229 calories, using the recipe maker in MyFitnessPal. The bowl you can see above is probably less than half! (The whole meal came to 382 Calories!).

It was a delicious, healthy, filling meal.

Do I use convenience when making food, yes! What is so wrong with buying a curry sauce, it's simply buying all the herbs and spices you need, ready mixed.
I love to cook, but I am no domestic goddess, trying to keep my family healthy, 1 meal at a time 

x Ojo x


  1. It was a real challenge in my first year of uni resisting take away's, we had about 10 leaflets from take away's posted under our doors weekly! I caved a few times but as I've got a lot to save up for this year I'm simply refusing more than 1 take away every 2 months or so. Your meal looks delicious, definitely one I'm going to try!


    1. I know it's going to save us a fortune, in the long run. I'm also hoping to get out of the habit a bit! It's so easy to grab a couple of bags of chips, but sooo unhealthy x

  2. Ohh good luck with the no takeaways....We've done it before and now we have a takeaway about once a month and it's such a treat!

  3. I do love a good curry Jo and homemade can be just as nice, in fact better with much less salt than takeaway. I love doing mine in my slow cooker, it's even less work again haha :)

  4. I've done a lot more vegetarian cooking recently and it is surprisingly easy to make really tasty dishes. Friday nights are the killer though, when I'm shattered and just can't be bothered to cook - well done on giving up the takeaway :)


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