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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Tomato and Basil Soup with Cheese Toasts

My 11yo made this soup as a practise session before her Food Technology class this week.  She devised and tested the recipe herself.  It was delicious! I'll get her to cook a double batch next time and we'll save it in portions for lunches during the week.  11yo also took photos of her finished meal, I might have some food blogger competition from her soon. 

Tomato and Basil Soup 

1 Tblsp oil - 3p
1 onion, finely diced - 7p
2 cloves garlic, finely diced - 2p
400g tin chopped tomatoes - 40p
500ml vegetable stock - 3p
1 large carrot, peeled and grated - 4p
3 Tblsp chopped fresh basil - free (growing in our garden)

Put a little oil into a large saucepan. Cook onion over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, tomatoes, stock and carrot. Bring to the boil. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Add two tablespoons of the basil then cook for a further 5 minutes. Using a blender, blend soup until smooth. Pour into 4 bowls and serve topped with left over fresh basil.  Total cost of soup was 59p.

I've entered this soup into the Credit Crunch Munch blog challenge, created by Helen and Camilla, hosted this month by My Little Italian Kitchen.  It was a frugal but delicious lunch, especially because we used homemade bread and reduced for quick sale cheese.

I am also entering this soup into Extra Veg, the blogging challenge created by Helen and I, hosted this month by Fuss Free Living.

I'm also entering this soup into No Croutons Required, created by Jac, hosted this month by Lisa's Kitchen

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I've entered this soup into Family Foodies, created by Eat Your Veg and Bangers & Mash, hosted by Eat Your Veg this month.  The theme is Vegetarian.


Sunday, 9 November 2014

Our Meal Plan for this week - 10/11/2014

We've had a rather trying week this week.  Bubs has had a growth spurt so was feeding every 2 hours for a few days and other challenging things have happened that I shall not share but it has been quite a week to say the least and one I don't ever want repeated.  Bubs was weighed when the Health Visitor called around and he is growing very well indeed and is a healthy and happy baby.  Hurrah!  

We now all have colds, just to make life even more joyous.  My motto for now is "This too shall pass!" and I am sure the week ahead will bring healing to our ills and hopefully be much more positive and much less stressful than last week.

Our Meal Plan for this week is all about easy, comforting and nourishing meals.  Hopefully all the kids will be at school if they are well enough, if not then they will be nursed at home in the cosy and warm until their ills have gone.  My husband will hopefully be going to work 2 days this week as part of his phased return after his stroke.  Thankfully he seems to have escaped the worst of the cold, as has bubs who is only slightly snuffly.

Breakfasts will be porridge with home made fruit compote, a warming and filling start to the day.  Porridge is also gentle on sore throats and the consistency can be easily adjusted.  On the weekend we may have pancakes and crumpets if we are not too exhausted from the week.  


Lunches will be soup in flasks for those at work and school and I shall be having the same at home.  Soups will be accompanied by a home made bread roll or Savoury Pull Apart Bread, a piece of fruit or two and a small baked treat for afters.


Quick and Easy Root Vegetable and Lentil Curry - Meatfree Monday

Quick and Easy Oven Baked Risotto - with lots of vegetables added so there's enough for Tuesday and Wednesday

Versatile Beef Casserole - Friday and as pasties on Saturday

There is no Shopping List this week as I am tired and full of cold.  I hope to be back on top form next week.

Don't forget to check out other Meal Plans on the linky hosted by 
At Home With Mrs M.