This is dinner on 2 days on the No Power Meal Plan. Use this same amount on both days, using the tin of blackeye beans on one day and the kidney beans on the other.
half a tin hotdogs, Asda 49p, 25p
30ml oil, Asda £1.25/litre, 4p
100g carrot, Asda £1.18/2kg, 3p
50g onion, Asda 78p/kg, 4p
100g cabbage, Asda 58p/kg, 6p
blackeye beans or kidney beans, Asda 4 for £1, 25p
half a lemon, zest & juice, 15p
Total cost 82p, 41p a serving
Per serving – 391 cals, 17g protein, 35g carbs, 21g fat
Open the hotdogs and take out half of them. Leave the brine in the tin to help keep them. Chop the hotdogs into coins. Open and drain the beans, mix in with the hotdogs.
Grate the carrot, no need to peel. Peel and slice the onion finely. Chop the cabbage as fine as you can get it. Mix all the vegetables in with the hotdogs and beans.
Zest and juice the half lemon and mix in. Season with salt and pepper.
I had this for lunch today. It was filling and tasty. I couldn’t really taste the lemon zest or juice at all, so you could keep the entire lemon for the hoummous if you like, or use more here and less in the hoummous. Up to you. I’m not a great fan of raw onion, so I left it to marinate together for half an hour before I ate it, and that process mellowed it out beautifully.
If you aren’t following the No Power Meal Plan, this would make a good packed lunch. You could use any of the beans in the 4 for £1 offer, it wouldn’t make any difference at all to the cost or the nutrition. This mix was just about the right balance between veg and beans. You could add more hot dogs if you have the funds, or replace them with pepperoni, chorizo, cooked bacon pieces, chicken etc, or a combination. Or use a veggie/vegan substitute if that is of interest to you. The hotdogs contain wheat, so if you need gluten free, replace them with some bratwurst.
The bean and veg combination are very variable. With some kind of meat flavouring, I am going to try red kidney beans, beetroot and red cabbage for a red lunch. Chickpeas, fennel, white cabbage and peas. Blackeye beans, grated raw parsnip, date and orange. White kidney beans, feta, skinned broad beans and fine sliced green beans.
Pleased with this one – now for the sardines……
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