Yummy tea last night. I bought a Swarz paella mix and rice from Aldi a while ago and thought I would give it a go. I stripped the meat from two chicken thighs instead of using the prawns they suggested and replaced the peas and pepper with a courgette and runner beans from the garden. I also used half a chorizo ring, again from Aldi. It was absolutely scrumptious and we had leftovers for lunch as well.
I am not sure of the cost but I think it worked out pretty cheap, and was really nice enough for a dinner party.
This is the kind of easy meal
I need after work. If I was at home I am sure I would cook everything from scratch but working full time, time is of the essence and I don’t want to spend my whole evening cooking.
Some cheats are better than others I think. I never use pasta sauces from a jar as they are always too sweet and it’s quick to make my own, but I happily use casserole mixes as they are nicer.
I am even going to try some pastry and crumble mixes that I got from Approved Food, although I have to say I used a batter mix for Yorkshire puddings from them the other day and it wasn’t great.
What convenience foods do you find acceptable, and which are worth avoiding?