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This week really is budget week. We are really trying to tighten our belts financially. It can be tough feeding a family of 6 on a shoestring, but with a little imagination it can be done.

Last night we had ‘lazy lentils’ – again, it relies on tinned food but this saves so much time in preparation and cooking.

You will need:

  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 carrots, very finely grated
  • tablespoon of oil
  • bunch of thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 2 veggie stock cubes
  • 3 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tins of green lentils, drained and rinsed
  • squidge of tomato puree

Gently fry the onion until it starts to soften. Add the garlic and carrot and cook for a minute or two. Add the tomato puree and cook for a further minute. Add the herbs, tomatoes, stock cubes and lentils.

Cook for about twenty minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent it sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Last night I served this with spaghetti and grated cheese, ala Bolognese – and whilst Mr six and I loved it, our boys decided it would be even nicer if it was spicy and we had it as a fajita filling; wrapped in flour tortillas, complete with a dollop of natural yogurt and grated cheese. Bonus! Another meal to add to the list of successful dinners!