Tikka Masala

This might not be the original version of tikka masala, but it’s a good one – one that I make every time I make tikka masala. If carrots and chickpeas aren’t cheap when you want to make it, feel free to add other vegetables – for example peas, cabbage, bell peppers etc.

Ingredients:

500gr chicken fillets

1 onion

1 can of chickpeas

1 carrot

3 cloves of garlic

1 can of coconut milk

5dl cream (1 pint/2cups)

2 cubes of chicken stock

1-2 packs of Tikka Masala spice pouches

Paprika powder, salt and turmeric

Butter to fry in

½dcl tomato purée

2tbsp soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Grate the carrot, chop the onion finely and press the garlic cloves
  2. Chop the chicken fillets to cubes
  3. Empty the can of chickpeas in a strainer and rinse them with cold water to get rid of the salt water
  4. Heat up a large frying pan or a cast iron skillet and fry all the vegetables, except the chickpeas until they’re brown
  5. Add the chicken and let it get some color too, but it doesn’t have to ready in the center
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix it well.
  7. Let it simmer for at least 10 minutes. Put in salt, paprika powder and turmeric to taste.

Meatball recipe

This is my favourite recipe of meatballs and is a basic recipe that can be modified to your liking. For example, you can add 5 cloves of minced garlic, finely chopped cilantro, paprika powder etc.

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Ingredients:

1kg minced meat

3 dl milk/water

2 tsp salt

1 ½ dcl bread crumbs

2 eggs

3ml ground black pepper

2-3 onions

Butter to fry in

 

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  2. Mix the milk/water with the breadcrumbs in a bowl, with the salt and pepper, and leave it to swell.
  3. While the breadcrumbs are swelling, chop the onions finely and fry them in the butter until golden brown. Put them aside to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the minced meat with the onions, the eggs and the breadcrumb mixture. Add more seasoning if necessary.
  5. Scoop up a generous amount of mix with a teaspoon and form meatballs. Put them on a baking tray, with oven paper on it.
  6. Bake them in the oven, in batches, until they’ve got a nice dark brown colour.
  7. The meatballs can be frozen for up to 6 months.
  8. Serve with boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes or pasta

What is a good price – SWEDEN

I’ve promised to start this series for a while now and it’s not until today that I’ve actually got the time to sit down and start it. I’m going to start with Sweden, since this is where I live at the moment. These are simply the best prices for these products! It will be updated fairly regularly, as I go about and find what different products have as their best price. The rest of the post will be in Swedish.

 

Frukt & grönsaker (färsk)

Päron (korg) 10kr/kg

Morötter 1-10kr/kg

Potatis (rå) 1-10kr/kg

Gullök 1-10kr/st

Broccoli (färsk) 5kr/st

Isbergssallad 5-10kr/kg

Gurka 5-10kr/st

 

Köttprodukter (färsk)

Falukorv 10-15kr/länk

Färsk, hel kyckling 20-26kr

 

Frusna produkter

Kycklingklubbor & lår frusna 10-15kr/kg

Frusna potatisklyftor 10kr/500gr

Frusna potatiskroketter 10kr/500gr

Dr. Oetker pizza 10-15kr/st

Ben&Jerry’s glass 30-40kr/500ml

Max Kycklingnuggets 30-35kr/förpackning

Ärtor (frusna) 10-15kr/500gr

 

Gryner, pasta & ris

ICA pasta 5 kr/500gr

Barilla pasta 10kr/500gr

Grötris 10kr/kg

Ris 10kr/kg

 

Mjölkprodukter

Milda Culinesse (flytande margarin) 10kr/st

Gräddfil ICA 5kr

ICA riven ost 5-10kr/st

Margarin 10-15kr/kg

ICA flytande smör 750ml 10-15kr

Filmjölk 5kr/liter

Matlagningsgrädde 250ml 7.50kr

Grynost 250gr 5-10kr

500gr 10-15kr

 

Kryddor, bakprodukter & tacoprodukter

Tomatpuré 5kr/st

Tomatketchup 15-20kr/1250ml

ICA tacosås 5kr/st

Santa Maria   texmexsås 10kr/st

Tacokrydda 10kr/st

Tortillabröd 10kr/st

Kryddor på burk 5-10kr/burk

Old el paso Sand n’ stuff 10kr/förpackning

Senap 7kr

Vetemjöl 5-7.50kr/kg

 

Bröd

Rostbröd 7.50-10kr/paket

Minibaguetter 5kr/6pack

 

Kakor, snacks & godis

Pepparkakor 10kr/förpackning

Frukt/nötbar 5-7.50kr/st

 

Läsk, juice & övrig alkoholfri dricka

Jul/påskmust 5kr/1.5L

 

Hygienprodukter

Tandkräm      75ml 5-10kr

125ml 10-15kr

Tandborstar 5-7.50kr/st

 

Städprodukter & hushållsprodukter

Diskmedel 5kr/flaska

Diskmaskinstabletter 39kr/50st

Hushållspapper 10-15kr/6pack

Fryspåsar 6kr/förpackning

Toapapper 6pack 15kr

 

Pålägg

Philadelphia cream cheese 10kr/200gr

 

Halvfabrikat

Pizzakit 10-15kr/st

Sill i burk 10kr/burk

Potatis/rotfruktsgratäng 10kr/förpackning

Rödbetssallad 10kr/st

 

Feel free to write a comment, or get back to me via my contact form!

Just a short post today

I haven’t really got the time to sit down and write a long, proper post today so I’m going to post a short update on what’s to come.

  • How do you shop on a budget and what should you do before even entering the shop?
  • Lasagna Boats recipe 
  • Couponing
  • Writing to companies of products that you love and how to get something from them in return for loyalty.
  • Useful tips & tricks at the grocery shop
  • What is a good price on your favourite products?
  • How to organize your coupons
  • Building a stockpile and maintaining it.
  • Chicken tikka masala recipe
  • How to stretch your money in the kitchen.
  • More easy, cheap recipes
  • Reviews of products 

If you want me to write about something that’s not included on the list then feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll see what I can do!

Rice patties recipe

This is one of my absolute favorite recipes and my best friend always makes me cook this when we meet! It’s a vegetarian rice beef that works well on its own, as a hamburger patty, with meat or with a hearty salad. This recipe make at least six beefs/patties, depending on how big you make them. 

To make them fancier and as a buffet dish – use a round gingerbread mold and make round discs and then bread them with panko crumbs before frying them in butter.
Ingredients:

3 dl uncooked Jasmine rice

7 dl water or vegetable stock

1-2 cubes of vegetable stock

300 gr grated cheese

1.5 dl bread crumbs 

1 egg

Butter or oil to fry in


Instructions:

1. Bring the water to a boil with the vegetable stock cube(s) in and stir to mix it.

2. Put the rice and and boil on low, with a lid on, until it’s done.

3. While the rice is boiling: combine the cheese and bread crumbs in a large bowl and mix them together lightly.

4. When the rice is cooked – add it to the bowl of cheese and bread crumbs along with the egg. Add some more salt if necessary and combine well while it’s hot. It should be smooth and evenly mixed.

5. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes just to let it combine and the bread crumbs expand.

6. Form patties in whatever size you want.

7. Heat up the pan until hot and fry the patties until they’re golden brown.
Serve and enjoy!

Bolognese sauce recipe

Ingredients

400 gr minced meat (half and half)

2 onions

Flour to thicken the sauce

Tomato paste

1 cube of meat stock

1-2 cans of tomato sauce (or baked beans in tomato sauce)

A few splashes of soy sauce (can be omitted if you’re allergic to soy)

2 dl water

3 cloves of garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Pasta of your choice

 

Instructions

  1. Chop the onions finely, it helps if you have a Nicer Dicer or an Alligator (I have an Alligator and I love it!)
  2. Heat up a pan with high edges until it’s very hot
  3. Melt the butter and fry the onion in it until it’s got a nice brown colour and the liquid is gone.
  4. Put in the minced meat (I use one that is 60 % beef and 40% pork since it’s cheaper, but you can of course use only pork or beef if you don’t eat either pork or beef.) and fry it until it too has got a nice brown colour and there are no raw bits. Let the liquid evaporate!
  5. Put in some thickening. This is individual: if you want a thick sauce then you use a bit more and if you want a thin sauce you put in only a bit. I prefer a thin sauce since I can make it last longer.
  6. Press in the garlic cloves (or garlic powder) along with the rest of the ingredients (except the pasta of course) and stir until well mixed.
  7. Season it to taste.
  8. Turn down the heat to low and let it simmer while you cook the pasta to perfection.
  9. The sauce only gets better if you allow it to simmer for a while.

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If you’re allergic to any of the ingredients, then substitute them:

  1. Tomatoes – ajvar relish
  2. Soy sauce – omit, it’s only in for the colour anyway
  3. Onions – carrots

 

The recipe can be made vegetarian by using soy minced meat and vegetable stock instead of the beef one.

You can make the recipe even cheaper by lessen the amount of meat, which is the most expensive part of the recipe, and substitute it with 2 large, grated carrots instead and not even taste the difference.