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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Sainsbury's Meal Planning - New Evening Meal Plans

I blogged about when we tried out the Sainsbury's Feed Your Family for £50 Meal Planner here

As part of their new Live Well For Less Campaign, Sainsbury's have just launched a new 5 for £20 meal plan. The plan is made up of new and established family favourites like Smoked Salmon and Pea Spaghetti and Sweet Potato and Chicken Hotpot, it’s full of great recipe ideas. 

There are SEVEN fabulous Evening Meal Plans.  All the hard work of planning dinners has been done for you, all you have to do is add the ingredients to your shopping list and follow the plan. All the meals are delicious and easy to prepare with simple recipes to follow along with.

We tried out a plan the week before payday last month as we were broke needed to economise and it was great.  There were no complaints about the dinners, all the ingredients were available and easily added to the online shopping basket.  There are Vegetarian options for all the meals as well.

I would thoroughly recommend the Evening Meal Plans to those families needing/wanting to stick to a budget and that maybe don't have the time or urge to compile Meal Plans themselves.  There are SEVEN to choose from so lots of variety and with Vegetarian options for each meal, everyone is catered for.

I was also send some fab new Sainsbury's Ready Rolled Puff Pastry to try, which has featured in their new advertisement. You can find it in the chiller aisle of the supermarket and it's pre-rolled which makes life loads easier when you're in a rush to prepare a meal or pudding.  I found it was really easy to use, puffed up well and had an excellent flavour.

I used the Sainsbury's Ready Rolled Puff Pastry to make some snacks for an evening PCC meeting.  I used a recipe from the Sainsbury's Website too, although I made 8 smaller puffs instead of 4 large ones.


1 small red onion

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

175g frozen mixed diced vegetables

175g cooked chickpeas

2 tablespoons mild curry paste

375g ready rolled puff pastry

1 medium egg, beaten

1 tablespoon coriander seeds, lightly crushed

Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 220°C, 425°F, gas mark 7. Peel and finely chop the onion and then toss in the lemon juice. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and gently fry the onion for 2-3 minutes until just softened.

Add the vegetables, chickpeas and curry paste and stir fry for a further 3 minutes.

Remove from the heat, season and cool for 15 minutes. Divide the pastry into 4. Roll out each piece on a lightly floured surface to a 20cm square.

Divide the vegetables between each piece of pastry. Brush the edges with egg and fold over to form triangular parcels. Scrunch the edges together to seal and transfer to a baking sheet. Brush all over with egg and sprinkle with coriander seeds.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden and risen. Best served hot with a side salad.

Photo courtesy of Sainsburys

Don't forget to check out the Sainsbury's Live Well For Less website for loads of great money saving ideas.  You can find Sainsbury's on Facebook and Twitter too.

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