Shopping and Cooking Tips for Lockdown

Shopping and Cooking Tips for Lockdown

You are probably doing more cooking whilst you are in lockdown but you might not be able to get the ingredients you need for your recipe and you might be trying to limit the amount of times that you visit the shops. So here are some ideas for some swaps or ingredient saving ideas which work well:
Use:
Noodles instead of pasta
Barley, couscous or other grain instead of rice or different kinds of rice if your normal type is not available
Tinned or dried lentils or beans instead of meat or fish
Beans instead of potatoes (mash butter beans with olive oil and garlic)
Extra mature cheese or parmesan/pecorino and add a little mustard to dishes – that way you can achieve the same cheesy flavour with much less cheese.
Frozen vegetables – people can feel that frozen vegetables are not great but we all eat frozen peas. When vegetables are frozen they do retain all their goodness so are a healthy option, sweet or baby corn, broad or soya beans, spinach, onions are all good frozen and you can buy mixes such as winter or spring veg, stew mix, chargrilled veg or sauce base (carrot, celery and onion) which all make preparation easier and reduce waste.
Soup is a good way to use up odds and ends of ingredients. Our last post was for a recipe for Minestrone which does just this.
Curries are also a good way to combine odds and ends of ingredients. Spice paste mixes can be in short supply but it seems to be possible to buy dried spices. If you are online shopping or shopping in larger supermarkets go for the Indian/Asian brands in packets (e.g. Natco or East End) rather than the small jars as they are so much cheaper.

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