Day 19

Spent: $1.40   Amount spent so far: $84.56   Days remaining: 12

I really do have to say that I make good lentil curry. I’ve never really cooked with lentils because I’ve never known what to do with them, but in a curry they are great!

Kitten’s Greatest Lentil Curry Recipe (Serves 4)

400g can of lentils (or 1 1/4 cups of uncooked lentils)

200g onion

150g carrot

100g each of frozen peas and corn kernels

150g potato

3 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup of tomato paste

1 tsp tumeric seeds

1 tsp of your favourite curry powder (I used madras curry)

1 stock cube (I used chicken)

2-3 cups of water (if using uncooked lentils you’ll need more than if you’re using canned – obviously)

1tbs oil

Chop up all the veggies and garlic finely. Heat the oil in a heavy pan and saute the onions and garlic until translucent. Add the tumeric seeds and curry powder and cook until fragrant (the seeds will start to pop!) Add everything else and simmer until veggies are cooked. If using uncooked lentils, the lentil will cook in about the same time as the carrot and potatoes do.

You could also add some coconut milk (about 300ml) to make it creamier if you wanted to.  Serve with steamed rice or naan if you have it in the pantry/freezer (we don’t). If made without the coconut milk it has only 220cal per serve, so is fabulous as diet slave gruel.

Brekky – Porridge for me. Cereal for Master.

Lunch – Yoghurt, muesli & fruit for me. Tomato soup and bread rolls for Master. (Bread rolls – that’s where the expenditure of $1.40 came from…)

Dinner – Lentil curry & rice for me. A motel meal for Master.

I’m cooking chicken and prawn gyoza (dumplings/pot-stickers) for dinner tomorrow. We’ll have them with some rice and I’ll rustle up some miso soup.  I’ve got some fragments of leek & cabbage left in the fridge, dried mushrooms in the pantry and chicken, prawns and gyoza wrappers in the freezer so that’s everything for the dumplings!

I’ve come to the conclusion that we can afford to buy nothing but milk this weekend- no fruit, no veggies. I’m thinking the tinned fruit and veggies in the pantry are going to shortly have to step up to the stage in the name of the challenge. I’ve seen milk on special again for $1.99 for 2 litres so x 2=$3.98. That will leave us with exactly $11.56 to get us through to the end of the month. I’m thinking that most of the ‘challenge’ will be in the last week.

Read about Day 18 here.

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