Today I had to go into town to do flat buying paperwork. So I took my wee bags of coins to the bank to pay them into my account. I had £14 in 1p, 2p and 5p bags. The bank only takes whole pounds of one type of coin but I still have about £4 in mixed coins to use in the self service checkout at Sainsbury's. (Anyone else do that??) Plus I had a £5 reward voucher for M&S thanks to using their credit card. I hardly use it anymore so getting even a £5 voucher is good going!!
So I 'spent' my money on 1kg of chicken thighs, 2 packs of tomatoes, 2 packs of beetroot, 2 packs of courgettes and 2 tubs of stock powder. £19 exactly!!
I chopped up some of the courgettes and tomatoes with peppers, onions and garlic and roasted them for about an hour. I added some chopped beetroot at the end as it was already cooked.
I added a splash of balsamic vinegar and had a bowlful for my lunch. Very tasty indeed! There's loads left for another meal.
I split the chicken thighs into 2 large casseroles and marinaded one with lemon juice, black pepper and honey. I put some of my fajita spice mix on the other one. I left both to marinade for an hour then baked them in the oven.
While they were baking I made some healthy (ish) coleslaw.
There were 21 pieces of chicken so I had 3 with some coleslaw for my tea. Lovely!
I'm counting it as 'free' food as the £14 was just loose change that's been lying around for a while and the M&S voucher is a reward. I've shredded /chopped up all the chicken and portioned it for another 6 generous meals (3 thighs per serving). And I still have a pack of tomatoes, a pack of beetroot and 2 courgettes to use in something else 😎 The 2 tins of stock powder are for my storecupboard.