1) Did you see my post last week where I mentioned how we’d booked a cheeky little family trip to Milan for the May half term week? Don’t worry, I’m not going to try and class that as something frugal (although it was an AMAZING deal costing us less than a few nights in London going on the train) but I did do something during the booking process that saved us a fair amount of money so I get to class that part as frugal, don’t I? I didn’t book any hold luggage as there were extra fees for that that would have bumped the price of our booking up. Looking at the size of the cabin baggage allowed on our flight, we actually have some small suitcases that would be allowed so we’re going to go with the creative packing option and make do with that.
2) I’ve finally discovered how to make lovely flavoured couscous so that’s been a staple this week for my worked packed lunches! In the past, I’ve made it using some stock made with vegetable bouillon and whatever I have in, leftover veggies and a squeeze of lemon usually and it’s been nice but nothing too special. This week though, I made a revolutionary discovery and I think it’s changed my couscous making forever. 😉
I added some of the fat free lemon and herb salad dressing that I had in the fridge after vegetable bouillon had been absorbed by the couscous and it was AMAZING. I didn’t add anything else other than black pepper this week because I’ve been loving it as it is (so much so that I forgot to take a photo until after I’d finished today). I think it would be amazing with some roasted veggies so that’s next on my list to try. One bottle of salad dressing costs about 79p and will flavour a fair amount of cous cous so there’s a great deal on gorgeous couscous for lunches.
3) I told you about our lovely healthy oat pancakes last week but what I didn’t mention was that the fruit that I used was frozen which is not only delicious and handy to have in the freezer, it also works out to be great value. I bought some more on Monday from Iceland ready for pancake day so I took note of the prices so I could share them with you.
The blueberries are £1.50 for 350g and I couldn’t find any strawberries (I think the ones I bought last time were from Tesco) but I did buy some raspberries which were also £1.50 for 350g. They both work out much better value than fresh and are great to have in the house for things like this.
4) I made some amazing spicy bean burgers on Monday but the mix I made actually made enough for 10 burgers which is may more than we needed considering the men of the house wanted chicken burgers rather than bean burgers.
I didn’t want to waste any, especially as they were delicious, so I made any of the mix we didn’t use in our burgers on Monday into burgers and popped them in the freezer. Last night, I wanted a quick snack for tea so I grabbed one out of the freezer and stuck it in the Airfryer to cook.
The wholemeal sandwich thins I used instead of burger buns were bought reduced (20p for 6) and put in the freezer the same day. I often see these reduced so I grab a couple of packs when I see them and just get one out as and when I need it.
5) We’re still trying to get out of the house as much as possible, whatever the weather, and this week we’ve been to the beach, the park and the nature trail near us – all of which cost nothing at all but get us out in the fresh air for some family time.
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