As people in our region are looking for sponsors for the Living below the Line challenge,
I thought I would put another great meal idea out there. As I have said before, we spend the BTL amount on food anyway, so we can have a role as encouragers of others.
First, buy a laying-hen – usually 3 for $10 in Wellington. Boil it for about 3.5 hours. When done, take the chook out of the water and let it cool on a dish. Keep the water hot.While it’s cooling, finely chop onion, carrot and celery and cook till soft in oil or marg. Add a bit of flour to thicken, then spoon in the hot boiling water from the chicken to make a sauce. You will need to add one spoonful at a time, stir, then when it’s thick add another. When that’s done, throw a packet of dried pasta (lasagne is good) into the stock, and cook till al dente.
Take the chicken meat off the bones, discarding the skin. (handy hint – put the bones and skin in the freezer till rubbish-day, rather than in the bin)
Combine meat, sauce and pasta, add salt or chicken salt, and bake it in the oven till the top is crunchy. You can add a bit of cheese on top, or breadcrumbs. If you leave off the cheese, it’s dairy free.
This meal will feed 8, for about $5! (Total, not each!)
You can also use the chicken/sauce part for a pie filling, or served over rice.
Very yummy! Who said LBTL won’t feed you well?