This week’s €1 (or less) portion meal is also a tray bake wonder meaning you will need only one large sheet pan to cook on, along with a chopping board and a sharp knife for a small bit of chopping.
The ingredients come from Lidl and none of the ingredients are on special offer which makes for a cost of €4.84 which makes 5 portions, costing just under 97c per portion. It’s ideal for using up any sad vegetables in the bottom of your fridge so don’t be afraid to use what you have to hand.
Chicken Tray Bake
You will need only one large sheet pan to cook on, along with a chopping board and a sharp knife.
Preparation Time 10 mins
Cooking Time 1 hours 30 mins
Total Time 1 hours 40 mins
Butternut Squash €0.89
1kg Fresh Irish Chicken Thighs €2.69
1kg Baby white potatoes €0.99
285g Sweetcorn tin €0.27
Note: You will also need some cooking oil, salt, pepper and preferably some paprika or smoked paprika from your store cupboard for this recipe. You do not need to preheat the oven.
Peel, core, and chop the butternut squash.
Take a large heavy sheet pan and pour two tablespoons of vegetable oil and a generous helping of the spices (salt, pepper, paprika). Use a spoon to make sure the oil and spices are combined.
Place the chopped squash, chicken thighs and potatoes onto the tray and using a spoon toss in the oil so everything is coated.
Place the tray into the oven and switch it to 180 degrees Celsius. Roast for 75 minutes.
Remove the tray from the oven, strain the sweetcorn and stir into the baking juices, making sure to baste the chicken and potatoes as you do so.
Return to the oven for 15 minutes and serve.
Rice Crispy Squares
My whole family love these sweet treats and they are so easy to make at home, it’s a wonder why people buy them pre-packaged.
Preparation Time 23 mins
Total Time 23 mins
1 tsp vanilla extract
500g crisped rice cereal
Melt the margarine in a very large saucepan on medium-low heat. Once melted, add the marshmallows and stir until the marshmallows have completely melted. Turn the heat off and pour in the vanilla extract then stir.
Pour the crisp rice into the saucepan in two stages. Vigorously stirring each time so that the rice is coated in marshmallows.
Once all the crisp rice has been combined pour the mixture into a lined/greased baking tray and press it down so that it’s evenly distributed. Allow to cool before cutting into bite-sized pieces.
Recipe Suggestion: When pressing the mixture into the baking tray this is the time to add extra toppings like sprinkles, chocolate chips, or even top the entire tray with melted chocolate.
Chicken breast fillets are handy to have quick dinners and Lidl has 20% off their 500g packages at the moment making them €3.99 until August 3.
Dunnes Stores has a 20% discount on all wine and champagne which expires on Tuesday. Nicely timed to coincide with the Bank Holiday weekend.
As it’s the last lazy weekend of the season all of the supermarkets have BBQ offers at the moment. There’s no reason why you can’t pick up BBQ meat and store it in your freezer until another time. Especially as there is such good value to be had.
In the supermarket survey this week there is quite the gap developing between the cheapest three supermarkets and their counterparts. It’ll be interesting to see if that gap closes in the weeks ahead.