Simple grub: vegetable gratin

I still haven’t been shopping! We seem to have a glut of unused veg in the fridge so I put off the Aldi trip another day to use them up. This simple cheat’s vegetable gratin will do the job. It is healthy, delicious and, above all, cheap.

vegetable gratinI also took the opportunity to use a couple of sachets of cheese sauce mix that came from Approved Food. I don’t usually use packet sauces, but they were so cheap. The parsley sauces I bought last time were pretty good, so I thought I would give them a try.

vegetable gratinCheat’s vegetable gratin


I used two sticks of celery, a large courgette, a yellow pepper, a head of broccoli and a handful of mushrooms, but you could throw in any veg that needs using up. I sautéed all the vegetables for about five minutes, chopped quite small. If you prefer your veg less crunchy you could parboil it. I made the sauce and mixed it all together, put it in a casserole dish and topped with grated cheese. I then baked it for 20 minutes so that the cheese was golden and bubbly.

vegetable gratinWe had this with baked potatoes and spinach, so most of our five a day in one hit. It went down a treat and the cheese sauce mix was pretty good.

I will do a shop tonight though: I can’t put it off forever ! For more of my favourite frugal recipes, see this page.

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2 thoughts on “Simple grub: vegetable gratin

  1. That looks just my kind of food…love it! Tip for anyone off to France at any time: look for “Rouille” in the supermarkets. It’s a slightly spicy, creamy addition to fish dishes, in a small jar of about 100 ml. A spoonful adds good flavour to the sauce of any white fish, salmon, prawns, etc.

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