I made this for dinner this evening. Mr E. says “very light and tasty”.
Quantities below make 6 portions of meatballs (4 each). I served with a tomato, red onion and chilli sauce, chargrilled mediterranean vegetables and a little bit of garlic bread (as we are cutting back on carbs).
450g minced beef @£1.50 (half of a 900g pack which was bought on 2 for £6 offer)
450g breadcrumbs (counting these as free, as this was stale bread which I blitzed in the food processor a few months ago and then froze).
4 medium eggs @ 15p each = £0.60
3 sticks of celery @ c. 10p each = £0.30 (cost less than this as I bought from the reduced counter)
3 carrots @ c. 10p each = £0.30 (cost less than this as carrots were on half price)
4 cloves of garlic @ £0.20
1 tbsp of dried oregano = £0.05p (oregano bought in bulk from Spice-Master.com)
Total cost: £2.95 total = 22p/meatball = £0.49 / portion
Tomato, red onion and chilli sauce (serves 3)
2 tins of chopped tomatos @ 33p/each = £0.66 (Smartprice/Tesco Value tins)
2 red onions @ 40p/each = £0.80 (could be bought more cheaply – I’ve taken this price from the pack of three in Tesco as I can’t find the price for the bag I bought)
1 red chilli @ 10p/each = £0.10
Total cost: £1.56 = £0.52/portion
Chargrilled Mediterranean Vegetables
Out of a packet! Tesco sell a 750g pack for £1.49 – contains aubergine, courgette, peppers, onions, cherry tomatos. I think that we used about 1/3 pack for the two of us.
Total cost: £0.50p = £0.25p/portion.
Half a Smartprice/Value Garlic Baguette @ 20p = £0.10/portion
Total cost = £1.36/portion
Meatballs: Combine all ingredients, make into meatball shapes, place on greased baking tray (I sprayed with low-fat cooking spray), and cook at about 180C for about 30 mins. Or so…
Sauce: Combine all ingredients (chop the onions and chilli, having removed the seeds) in a saucepan, and cook on a medium heat for 30mins, adding the cooked meatballs after 15 mins.