None of these meals are strictly carb free as even vegetables contain some level of carbohydrate. These 4 dishes do however omit the usual suspects; bread, pasta, white rice and potato – for the more health conscious, I’ve been told on good authority that omitting these bad boys can actually improve acne prone skin and help rid you of those pesky love handles – science fact!

 

On recent viewing, I’ve realised that this weeks shopping list is a little pork heavy – you can remove the chorizo from 1 or 2 dishes if you want to cut down on the meat content. 

Using the below ingredients to make all 4 meals, you will be left with a few leftovers, specifically:

  • sage leaves & parsley (if buying packets)
  • half a jar of sundried tomatoes (can keep in the fridge)
  • a couple of red chillies

 

FRUIT & VEG:

  • 1 small red onion (17p)
  • 2 large white onions (40p)
  • 2 red chillies (60p for a 60g pack containing approx 4)
  • 6 tomatoes (£1)
  • 2 lemons (60p)
  • a small handful of mint leaves (70p – even if you have the smallest window sill, you can grow your own mint, it is impossible to kill!)
  • rocket (£1)
  • spinach (£1)
  • 3 courgettes (90p)
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • ½ bunch fresh mint
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary (70p for a packet)
  • 7 cloves of garlic (50p for a bulb)
  • ½ small pack parsley (£1)
  • 4  red peppers (£2)
  • avocado (£1)

 

MEAT & FISH:

  • 200g chorizo – I prefer to use raw, cooking chorizo as this releases a load of tasty juice as you fry it (£2.50) – Halve this to use in both dishes or use in just 1
  • 1 pork fillet, usually weighs around 400g (£4.50)
  • 8 slices of Parma ham or prosciutto (£3 for a packet of 8)
  • 4 cod fillets (£15)
  • 350g minced pork (£3 for 454g British Free Range pork mince)

 

FRIDGE  & BREAD:

  • feta (£1.80 for 200g)
  • yogurt or soured cream, to serve (55p for a large pot)
  • bread roll for breadcrumbs (50p)
  • a handful of grated Parmesan (£2.30 for 150g of Parmigiano Reggiano)

 

CUPBOARD:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (55p)
  • 1/2 jar sun-dried tomatoes (£2 for a jar)
  • brown rice, 280g (£1.50 for a 1kg bag)
  • balsamic  glaze (optional)
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes (£1)
  • 400g can of butter beans, drained (50p)
  • 1 jar of roasted red peppers (£2.50)