Simple, quick and cheap food I love

If you want some inspiration for simple, healthy, quick and cheap food, here are some of my personal favourites.

– Turkey, brie and grape salad or sandwich. I like to choose good quality free-range, and preferably organic, turkey breast slices, a small block of brie and a handful of grapes (black grapes are my favourite because of the sweet flavour and extra antioxidants). Place the turkey on a sandwich, then slices of brie ontop, and finish with grape halves and baby spinach leaves, or use these foods in a salad if you want to cut down on wheat. It is so delicious and doesn’t cost much because you only use a small amount of each ingredient- a sample size of brie will do, a couple of slices of turkey and about 8 grapes, so you’ll be able to get a couple of meals out of it!

– Egg, chilli flakes and beetroot on corn crackers. Corn crackers are really versatile and should be in the cupboard of everyone who wants to cut down on wheat. One of my favourite ways to eat them is topped with scrambled egg with a pinch of chilli flakes and beetroot on the side.

– Mackerel with sweet potato and a good salad. Mackerel is an amazing food, it’s one of the cheapest fish you can buy, with one of the lowest levels of mercury. It is caught wild without all the health issues that arise from farmed fish, is high in nutrients including vitamin D and omega 3, and tastes simply delicious. Sweet potato is a great alternative to normal potato, with extra antioxidants and vitamin C, and the salad contains even more vitamins, fibre and raw goodness. Make a great salad by experimenting with colour and texture- mix green leaves with red tomatoes and yellow peppers or sweetcorn, for example.

– Chicken and mixed salad leaves on pitta bread. Take some wholewheat pitta bread (really cheap), some good quality chicken drumsticks (another cheap way to get meat) and some mixed salad leaves. I like to add a thin slice of cheddar as well. Mix the salad leaves up in a bowl adding a drop of honey, the magic ingredient that turns this into something special. Toast the pitta bread until it puffs up, break it open, place warm and freshly-cooked chicken meat inside, then the cheese, then the salad leaves, and a dash of mayonnaise if you like. Take a bite and come back and let me know what you think!

Do you have any recipes you’d like to share?

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