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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Chorizo, Chickpea and Spinach Stew – 3sp

I’m a little bit obsessed with chickpeas at the minute. They are quick to cook and so tasty so I’ve been experimenting with them in salad, stews and the like. Last night, after forgetting to defrost any meat, I thought I would try chickpeas in a stew with chorizo and this recipe was the result. It was so quick to make, absolutely delicious and a perfect ‘summery’ stew. I had it on its own but the OH had it with a little bit of quick cook fusilli. If you wanted to make it more substantial again, you could slice some new potatoes, par boil and then pop them into the stew just after you add the tomatoes or even just have some nice crusty bread (don’t forget to add the extra sp’s!).

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