Fiery Beef Madras – 2sp

One of my OH’s conditions for me getting my beautiful puppy was that we would have ‘curry Sundays’ which to be fair, we have mostly stuck too (with the exception of last night!). Last week, in an effort to keep things interesting, I whipped together this lovely curry and I have to say, it may be my favourite curry creation yet. I cooked this on a low simmer for an hour so the sauce was lovely and rich and the beef lovely and soft and falling apart. If you don’t have time to do this however, just pop it on a higher heat for anywhere from 15 minutes.

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Paprika Beef Casserole – 12sp

We often buy beef for a change and I’m always stuck for something a bit different to do with it, so, as it was all defrosted and ready yesterday, we decided to try out one of my mam’s favourite recipes. She has made this as part of a three course meal as well as just a Sunday Lunch and it always goes down a storm so I was more than pleased when I worked out the points at only 12sp for the whole meal. You get a huge portion and it tastes amazing! It might take a while in the oven, but once its in there you can almost forget about it and come back when its ready!

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Mince Beef Taco’s – 6sp

Mexican food is one of my favourite cuisines. There are so many different textures and flavours and more often than not, the ingredients are uber healthy too. I often cook with mince, usually closer to payday when it’s all I have left in the freezer, and this week I fancied a brand new new use for it (over and above chilli, bolognaise and lasagne) and so I decided to combine Mexican and mince and voila, it gave me tacos. These really were delicious and a real ‘sharing’ meal. I just whacked everything including the pan of mince in the middle of the table and let everyone dig in. The OH had his with Uncle Ben’s Spicy Mexican Rice (5sp for half a packet) but I just had mine with the taco shells and lots of salad and it was nice and filling enough without.

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Mexican Beef Chilli – 8sp

I’ve been watching Jamie Oliver’s new Money Saving Meals series with interest as the last series didn’t really inspire me. This series on the other hand has left my mouth watering with every recipe so when I saw him do a version of one of my all time favourite meals, chilli, last week, I knew I had to give it a go. It may look a bit daunting as it takes quite a long time to cook however its actually very easy to prepare and once in the oven, can basically be left to cook until its perfect. The smells coming out of the kitchen while it was in the oven were incredible too. This would be a great meal for a dinner party as everything can just be whacked in the middle of the table and everything can be prepared in advance. I whipped up a 0sp salsa and a fresh guacamole to go with it and I have to say, it was one of the nicest things I’ve tasted in ages. The chilli itself is only 8sp per person so you can treat yourself with a mixture of the accompaniments. Jamie uses a beef shin here but I found beef brisket on offer in good ole Morrison’s for £4! I just cooked it for four and a half hours rather than five and a half.

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