How to feed yourself on just £10 a week – Jack Monroe has the answers

This week I came across a blog called ‘A Girl Called Jack’ written by single mother Jack Monroe. She has been documenting her attempts at feeding her and her child for just £10 a week with a range of nutritious recipes! Follow Jack on twitter here

So, how does she do it? Along with careful planning she shops from the value and reduced ranges at Sainsbury’s and grows her own herbs to make the most of her £10, which is what she has left after paying bills and rent!
I take my hat off to her and due to the the success of her blog she has recently been on the BBC explaining how she does it, signed a deal with penguin publishers and hired as a trainee reporter at the Southend Echo! After realising how much I spend on food in recent weeks I have tried even more to keep to a budget but I have a very sweet tooth which always leaves a whole in my pocket!

Below is one of her most talked about receipes- Carrot, Cumin & Kidney Bean Burger which costs just 9p! I have not tried it myself but heard the burgers taste amazing!

Makes 4
1 carrot, grated, 5p (from a 1.25kg veg pack average 20pcs, £1)
1 onion, finely chopped, 5p (from a 1.25kg veg pack average 20pcs, £1)
Handful of coriander, finely chopped, free (window ledge)
Teaspoon of cumin, 2p approx (80p/46g)
1 can kidney beans, 21p
Splash of oil, 2p (£4.50/3l)
Teaspoon of flour, 1p (65p/1.5kg)

How To:
1. Drain and rinse the kidney beans in cold water to wash away the ‘tinned’ taste. Put in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for ten minutes to soften.
2. In a separate pan, add the finely chopped onion, grated carrot, cumin and coriander. Drizzle a little oil over and cook gently on a low heat to soften.
3. When the kidney beans have heated through and softened, drain and add to the carrots and onions. Mash together with a masher or a fork until you have a smooth-ish purée (like a mashed potato consistency). Stir in a heaped teaspoon of flour.
4. Heat a little oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. With floured hands, shape some of the mixture into a ball, about the size of a golf ball. Place in the oil and flatten gently with a fork to make the burger shape. Cook for a few minutes on one side, before turning over gently. They need to be handled with care while cooking as they can be quite fragile!
5. When cooked on both sides, serve hot.


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