Well enough waffle, I bet you would rather know how the foodie challenge is going. Last night to be honest I was stumped about tea and couldn't for the life of me think what to do. So I searched the fridge for what needed using up immediately and there in front of me was half a tub of Philadelphia Light Soft Cheese.
Well meal plan sorted. We both love pasta and a jar was sat on the worktop just waiting to be dipped into, tucked away in the freezer were the blocks of last years Spinach that I had blanched and frozen. These were thawed in the microwave and ready in an instant.
So the recipe - a good handful of pasta per person, cook for the required time, drain in a colander saving a couple of ladles full of the water, using the pan the pasta was cooked as it's already nice and warm, put in the Soft Cheese and the saved pasta water, add a handful of spinach or any veggie you have and warm through. Tip the pasta back in the pan and give it a good stir. Then simply pour the lot into an ovenproof dish and top with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs and a light grating of cheese, we use vegetarian Parmesan style as it's yummy and warm through in the oven for about 25-30 minutes. The top will be slightly browned and crunchy and the pasta oozes with cheesy loviness.
A quick,simple, frugal and tasty tea which last night I served with a salad of lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, celery and grapes. Lovely Hubby approved.
If you are after lots more frugal tips on using storecupboard ingredients for meals pop on over to Frugal Queens Blog she's having a bit of a challenge herself (understatement of the year!!) and using all of her cupboard contents before shopping this month to make her pennies go even further.
Today we are taking a couple of hours off to look at a piece of land, fascinating I hear you say....well it could be our future, so yes it is.....Lol!!
Just another THANK YOU for all your fantastic comments and emails, you've really helped us this week and Lovely Hubby told his Mum last night that folk from all over the world know about her and are sending her hugs, prayers and love and she thanks you to. I think something's working as she is SO positive at the moment and is even planning some time in Spain with Alans sister who lives there. She's grabbing life with both hands and enjoying every last minute - something we should all do.