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How do you fancy a homemade family meal with a delicious main course and a dessert as well as a bottle of wine for the adults for under £10?
Yes I know most of the supermarkets do a £10 meal deal. But this is proper home cooked food with decent sized food portions and a lip smacking dessert to boot. Oh and the wine 😉
When I was challenged to create a family meal for under £10 at Aldi I knew I would find it quite simple to do as we do a large portion of our shopping there these days and I can easily do a weeks shopping for around £40. So I had to up the ante slightly and add in a dessert and drinks to make it more of a challenge 🙂
I enjoy shopping at Aldi. The stores aren’t huge so you can get about quickly enough, you don’t get a huge selection of branded goods but the actual own brand products are extremely high quality.
I made smokey sweet potato and beef chilli which is perfect for bonfire night along with a choc chip brioche pudding and served with a glass of rose.
For the Chilli, You will need:
500g standard Beef mince (£1.75)
1 onion, chopped ( approx 23p)
2 garlic cloves, minced (approx 23p per bulb)
1 large sweet potato, chopped into small cubes ( approx 25p)
1 400g chopped tomatoes (31p)
1 tin of kidney beans, drained (23p)
1 beef stock cube, made up with 200ml of hot water (10p)
4 tbsp of fat free yoghurt (25p)
1 pack of lightly salted tortilla chips ( 46p )
From your store cupboard:
1 tbsp of plain flour
1 tsp paprika ( smoked preferably but whatever you have is fine)
1 heaped tbsp of mild chilli powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 heaped tbsp of dark brown sugar ( white if you have no brown)
Salt and Pepper ( optional – we only added pepper)
Total cost of Chilli: £3.81
Preheat your oven to gas mark 4.
Brown your mince and onions together over a moderate heat in a large frying pan, now add your sweet potatoes, garlic, chilli, paprika, flour and cumin and cook for a further 5 minutes until sweet potato begins to soften.
Now add your stock, chopped tomatoes, sugar and kidney beans and stir well. Pour into an oven proof dish with a lid and cook for 60 minutes.
In the last 5 minutes pop your tortillas onto a baking tray – they taste so good when slightly warm.
Serve your chilli in bowls with a dollop of yoghurt on top ( perhaps a herb garnish) and some tortillas. You could also sprinkle a little grated cheese over the still warm tortillas.
For very little ones, serve with bread instead.
For the Choc Chip Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding:
3/4 of a loaf of choc chip brioche (£1)
250ml of semi skimmed milk (30p)
250ml of single cream (50p)
3 eggs (45p)
3 tbsp of dark brown sugar ( from store cupboard – white is fine)
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract ( from store cupboard)
Butter/margarine ( from fridge – use whatever you have)
Dessert cost: £2.25
Preheat your oven to gas mark 4.
Toast your brioche slices and spread lightly with butter/margarine.
Arrange in a baking dish, slightly overlapping. Beat your eggs, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla together until smooth and pour over your brioche slices. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes until it has puffed up, there is no runny liquid and the texture looks a little like scrambled egg. Serve warm, alone or with cream or custard.
It will easily serve 4-6 people but beware this is so good you will want seconds.
We served our meal with water for the little ones and a nice glass of Australian Rose for the adults which cost £3.89 for the whole bottle and this wasn’t the cheapest wine you could purchase. There are plenty of nice bottles to choose from £2.99 upwards. We only drank half our bottle so we have the rest to enjoy with another meal.
And there you go. A bargain two course meal for 2 adults and 2 children with wine ( for the adults) for just £9.95.