First off, I’d just like to state that I generally avoid packet sauces and box meals because they’re pretty boring, but with a bit of creativity, they can be made pretty awesome.
I receive lots of recipes via email and sometimes use them for inspiration. One of the mails I recieve regularly is from Knorr’s What’s For Dinner. For those of you who would like to try awesome meals, but lack the creativity or skills, I would highly recommend subscibing to their newsletter. They send you daily recipes to try, as well as a weekly meal planner so you can do your shopping in advance, which can save you a bit of money.
Last night I thought I would try one of the recipes that I had received the night before, Thai Chicken Cous Cous. I was quite keen to try this one because my fiance had recently mentioned wanting to try make a Thai Green Chicken Curry, as well as wanting some Cous Cous.
Besides being easy, this meal was actually quite affordable and healthy. I went through everything and estimated all the costs, especially for the oil and stock since I already had some in the kitchen:
- Chicken – R22
- Spinach R4 (R12 for 300g bag)
- Onion – 80c
- Milk – R2 (R16 for 2 litres)
- Knorr Thai Green Chicken Curry Sauce – R7
- Cous Cous – R5 (R22 for box)
- Almonds – R5 (R16 for 100g)
- Everything else – +/-R4 (estimated)
Total: R50 (about $7 or £4)