Monday’s Meals – Courtesy of Lidl – SW on a budget continued.

So if you read my previous blog you will know I had overnight oats for breakfast and an omelette for lunch.  I’ve named my omelette a Cupomelette as its all make in a cup!  Both were very filling and I didn’t even have to eat the banana and apple I took to work with me for a snack.

I also prepared part of tonights’ dinner.    I put a whole chicken into my slow cooker along with some lemons, which I switched on when I took the dogs for a walk just after 5 am this morning.  I didn’t add anything else as the chicken lets off its own juices.  Along with the lemons there is plenty of liquid to help it cook, which also makes a beautiful sauce which my husband really likes.

Don’t worry about over cooking the chicken, you can’t if you do it this way.  There is so much moisture in the slow cooker it doesn’t dry out or burn.  Mine is usually on for up to 14 hours on low before I dish it up.

You cannot beat the smell when you walk in the door from work in the evening to the smell of lemon chicken.  I feel sorry for my poor dogs who have to spend all day smelling it cooking!

Cooking the chicken this way makes is so so juicy.  My husband and I love it.   As I always remove the skin to keep it syn free, it doesn’t matter than it isn’t crispy.

The whole chicken cost just £2.58.  Tonight my husband and I had a leg each.  The wings I put in the oven to crisp up to go into my husband’s lunch for tomorrow.  That leaves the breast for tomorrow night.  If you are working on a budget this is really cost effective as it will provide 2 people with 2.5 meals.  I will come on later to what I have planned to do tomorrow with the breasts.

To go with the chicken I roasted a selection of vegetables.  I have an amazing roasting tin which was a bit of a treat – £99 from http://www.berghoffgb.com.  It normally sells for £225 but if you go to country shows or fairs where they have a stand they usually have them on offer.   It seems to perform miracles on whatever I roast in it.  Its very versatile too as the large part can be used as a roasting tin and the griddle part as a lid or vice versa.  It doesn’t need any fat either so a bonus, although I sometimes use a little frylight to add flavour.  I also have the saucepan and frying pan set which are equally amazing.

Roasting Tin

I vary what I roast depending on what is in the fridge or needs using up.  Tonight, I had some left over broccoli from last night, Kale that needed using up, 2 carrots, 1 1/2 peppers, 1 red onion and 1 leek.

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I chop all the veg up into nice sized chunks.  All the veg gets thrown into the roasting tin except the kale and broccili.  I roast it on 200 degrees with just a couple of sprays of frylight for about 15-20 minutes.  After about 10 minutes I added 50 g of chorizo  It adds 6 syns to the whole meal but as I haven’t had any syns today I can afford 3 syns!  It also adds a really nice taste to the veg.  When it all starts to brown I add the kale and broccili and roast for a further 10 minutes.

I drain the juice off the chicken and boil it down a bit to make a nice gravy for my husband.  I prefer it without the sauce which saves me further syns as I am sure there will be some fat in and amongst the juice.

Its a really healthy, low cost meal.  The photo below doesn’t do it justice but believe me its yummy!

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With the left over chicken (breast), I can now start to prepare what I want to do for tomorrow nights dinner.  Again my slow cooker is my time saver.  The chicken breast will go into the fridge until tomorrow while I prepare a nice sauce to go with it.

The sauce is a variation on the one from the ‘Diet Coke Chicken’ recipe.

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To the slow cooker I add a chopped aubergine, pepper, onion and 2 cloves of garlic together with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 4 tablespoons of Worcester sauce, a can of diet coke, a carton of passata, 2 large teaspoons of dried herbs and 4 tablespoons of tomato puree.  Make sure its not an oil based one.  This is then mixed together.  I will switch the slow cooker on tomorrow morning before I go to work so it will cook all day and be ready for when I get home.

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Tomorrow, I will show you how this sauce turns out and what I have with it!

I already have my breakfast and lunch in fridge for tomorrow as I made double on Sunday night.  Another great time saver.

I hope this is starting to inspire you.

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