I recently attended an event organised by Morrisons to launch their new MSavers range. For those of you unfamiliar with Morrisons, it's the UK's fourth largest food retailer with 476 stores and their business is mainly food and groceries - bascially the weekly shop. Unlike some other supermarket chains, they source and process most of the fresh food that they sell though their own manufacturing facilities. They also only sell 100% British fresh beef, lamb, pork and poultry.
It was a fab event, we were able to chat to representatives from Morrisons, a chef who works at their Head Office creating delicious recipes for customers to try and also Sarah Willingham, a very lovely and glamourous money saving guru who has 4 children under 5 - so she knows what it's like to be a busy Mum.
We were able to get stuck in and cook some of the great recipes that Morrisons have devised to help families eat well and save money at the same time. There's no excuse not to be able to create simple meals that are tasty, nutritious and kind on the wallet. Find the recipes and more information about the M Savers range at www.morrisons.co.uk/msavers.
We all got to make one recipe each and then taste them all, they were delicious!
Here's one of the recipes that was cooked, and taste tested, at the event:
Spagetti and Meatballs - Cost of 4 large portions £2.32
This dish was delicious and would feed at least 5 people generously! It fed 5 bloggers generously and we are a rather hungry bunch LOL
400g of minced beef (from an 800g pack) £1.20
350g onions 30p
100g fresh breadcrumbs 10p
5g dried mixed herbs 19p
1 tin tomatoes 38p
1 pack spaghetti 350g for 15p
Finely dice the onion and fry half in a pan with a little oil until soft. Add 3g of the dried herbs and set aside to cool.
In a separate pan, fry the remaining onion and dried herbs in a little oil for five minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and simmer for five minutes.
Mix the cooled onion with the minced beef and breadcrumbs and form into small balls. Fry the meatballs in a pan over a moderate heat until browned all over. Add the tomato sauce and simmer for five minutes.
Cook the spaghetti in boiling water for 8-10 minutes, drain well and serve topped with the meatballs in tomato sauce.
|Photo courtesy of Morrisons|
Sarah Willingham, money saving guru who attended the event, has some top tips for people shopping with their food spend in mind, her top tips are:
• Make sure you always go armed with a shopping list. Don’t be tempted to buy things 'on offer' that you simply won't use or don't need.
• Don't forget to look up and down when browsing the aisles so you can get a clear picture of all product options – don’t just go for the nearest product at eye level.
• Never go shopping on an empty stomach! Sounds obvious but many of us do and you end up buying more, or purchasing things that you don’t need.
• Be aware of the supermarket layout: offers are often to be had at the end of the aisles, but sometimes you can seek out bargains elsewhere. And don’t be tempted by impulse buys at the checkout!
So pop along to Morrisons and check out the MSavers range and the fab recipe cards instore. You can also find Morrisons on Facebook.