Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner for July: Peas, Roast Fennel, Cheese Pie and Cherry Cake

Fresh Cherry Loaf Cake

Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner for July:

Peas, Roast Fennel, Cheese Pie

and

Cherry Cake

Cheese, Spinach & Dill Filo Pie

Core ingredients for July:

Cheese, Spinach, Peas, Tomatoes, Fennel and Cherries

Menu Plan and Recipes for July:

Pea and Mint Pesto

Roast Fennel, Tomatoes and Onions

Cheese, Spinach and Dill Filo Pie

Fresh Cherry Loaf Cake

Pea Pesto

Welcome to July’s Thrifty and Organic Meal Planner! I always consider July to be the middle of summer, even though June is often known as “Flaming June” and Midsummer is celebrated in that month – and if the first few days of July are anything to go by, then I think we are in for a flaming July with lots of al fresco meals and barbecues, hopefully! So, to sit alongside our lovely warm weather and with the approaching summer school holidays in sight, I have planned and created a simple and yet full on flavour menu this month with pies, cakes, roasted veggies and a dip. It’s also time to celebrate vegetarianism, so this month is also meat-free for my Thrifty and Organic menu, with cheese being the protein core ingredient. As well as cheese, I have picked sweet seasonal peas, iron-rich spinach, plump and juicy tomatoes, aniseed fennel and fresh cherries, which are one of my favourite fruits and right in season now. And, with an eye on the budget, as always, these fabulous organic recipes won’t break the bank either!

Roast Fennel, Tomatoes and Onions

My July menu of recipes are easy to make and at least two of the recipes will feed a family of four for several meals, or for afternoon tea treats as in the cake. As usual, I will share my shopping list costs, as well as offer leftovers ideas too……in the case of the peas, if you cannot source fresh peas, then Sainsbury’s sell frozen organic peas, as will most of the other leading supermarkets no doubt. So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty, my shopping list and costings follow – with individual price of meals per head, as well as the overall cost. Please Note: I have only listed the main ingredients in each recipe; “pantry staples” such as flour, oil, sugar, seasoning, spices and herbs have not been added, unless they are a large part of the recipe or are a core ingredient for the month. 

Shopping List for July: 

peas = £1:10

shallots = £0.40

garlic = £0.35

chilli = £0.25

mint = £0.95

fennel = £1.50

tomatoes = £2.00

onions = £0.45

garlic = £0.40

filo pastry = £1.45

spinach = £2.00

feta cheese = £1.85

Cheshire cheese = £2.00

dill = £0.80

eggs = £1.20

cherries = £2.00

flour = £0.30

sugar = £0.25

butter = £1.40

eggs = £1.20

TOTAL: 21.85

Individual meal breakdown costs:

Pea Pesto= £3:05

Price per person, serves 4 = £0.76 per person

Roast Fennel, Tomatoes and Onions = £4.35

Price per person, serves 6 = £0.72  per person

Cheese, Spinach and Dill Filo Pie = £9.30

Price per person, serves 8 = £1.16  per person

Fresh Cherry Loaf Cake = £5.15

Price per person, 12 slices = £0.42 per person

Fresh Cherry Loaf Cake

As usual, I like to suggest alternative recipes and leftovers ideas, and here are my suggestions for July:

Other Recipe Ideas with Core Ingredients:

Cherry batter pudding

Cherry pie

Cherry crumble

Swiss eggs – spinach with poached eggs and cheese on muffins

Spinach pasta

Spinach and nutmeg as an accompaniment

Smoked Haddock and Spinach Gratin

Tomato salad

Tomato salsa

Stuffed tomatoes

Pea  and chicken risotto

Minted peas as an accompaniment

Cheese and Potato Pasties

Cheese and Potato Pie

Leftover Ideas:

The pie can be served with salad and/or seasonal vegetables for another meal

The cake can be served as a dessert cake, gently warmed with cream or custard, as well as being an ideal lunch box or picnic treat

Vegetable Pasta Bake

Vegetable pies

Pesto pasta

Curried vegetables

Vegetable rissoles

Roast Fennel, Tomatoes and Onions and Filo Pie

I hope that my recipes for my Thrifty and Organic menu for July have inspired you to make some of them, or even all of them! Do let me know if you make any of them, and what you think of these simple summer dishes. All the recipes are shared below for your summer cooking and eating pleasure. Have a wonderful and relaxing month and enjoy your summer holidays whatever or wherever you may be doing or going! Karen 

Pea Pesto on Bread

Disclaimer: Organic UK is paying me an agreed fee to create and develop these Thrifty and Organic Recipes. However, as I am a big supporter of organic produce, I am happy to share these sponsored organic recipes and posts on my blog, for the benefit of my readers.

RECIPES:

Pea and Mint Pesto

Pea and Mint Pesto

Serves Serves 4 as a dip and/or spread
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 10 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Side Dish, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party
By author Karen S Burns-Booth

Ingredients

  • 450g podded fresh peas or 350g frozen peas, defrosted
  • 4 small shallots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • small red chilli, de-seeded
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small bunch fresh mint
  • sea salt flakes

Optional

  • olive oil

Note

A simple way to dress up peas in a different and exciting way - this pea and mint pesto is great on crusty bread as well as being added to pasta for a low-fat sauce!

Directions

Step 1 Cook the peas for 3 to 5 minutes until just tender.
Step 2 Drain them and place them in a food processor with the remaining ingredients and pulse until you have a paste. Adjust the consistency with a little olive oil if needed.
Step 3 Serve with toast, bread sticks, crackers and crusty bread or add it to freshly cooked pasta.

Roast Fennel, Tomatoes and Onions

Roast Fennel, Tomatoes and Onions

Serves Serves 6 as an accompaniment
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party, Formal Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A delicious summer vegetable recipe that makes a perfect accompaniment or a filling for a pie.

Ingredients

  • 4 onions, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely diced
  • 6 tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons olive or rapeseed oil
  • Sea salt flakes and black pepper
  • 2 fennel bulbs, trimmed and cut into quarters or smaller depending on the size (Keep the green fronds to one side for the garnish)

Note

A delicious summer vegetable recipe that makes a perfect accompaniment or a filling for a pie.

Directions

Step 1 Place all the vegetables into a large roasting tray so they are all sit in one layer, drizzle the oil over the vegetables and mix lightly.
Step 2 Season to taste and roast in pre-heated over, 250C/500F/Gas mark 9 for 30 minutes, or until charred on the edges and the tomatoes have made a “jus” and the vegetables are cooked but still retain their shape.
Step 3 Serve as an accompaniment, mix with rice or pasta, or use as a vegetarian pie or tart filling.

Cheese, Spinach and Dill Filo Pie

Cheese, Spinach and Dill Filo Pie

Serves Serves 6 to 8 people
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Allergy Egg
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party, Easter, Formal Party
Region Greek
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A fabulous vegetarian pie that is packed with flavour - this easy to make recipe is perfect for summer dinner parties, light lunches and picnics!

Ingredients

  • 10 to 12 sheets of filo pastry
  • Black onion seeds or sesame seeds
  • A little oil

Filling

  • 350g fresh or frozen spinach, defrosted
  • 250g Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 250g Cheshire cheese, crumble
  • Small bunch of fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten (keep some back to glaze the top of the pie)
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Black pepper
  • Small bunch of spring onions, finely chopped
  • A little olive oil

Note

A fabulous vegetarian pie that is packed with flavour - this easy to make recipe is perfect for summer dinner parties, light lunches and picnics!

Directions

Step 1 Heat the olive oil in a large pan or wok and add the spring onions and fry gently for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook for a further 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 2 Squeeze out as much moisture from the spinach mixture through a colander and put the spinach and onion mix into a large bowl.
Step 3 Add the two cheeses, dill, eggs and salt and pepper to taste – mix well and set to one side.
Step 4 Layer the filo pastry in a round spring-form cake tin, about 8”/20cms, brushing some olive oil in between each filo layer.
Step 5 Spoon the filling into the middle of the filo pastry layers, and then bring the excess pastry up and fold it over the top of the filling. Brush the top with a little beaten egg and sprinkle the black onion seeds over the top.
Step 6 Bake in pre-heated oven, 180C/350F/Gas mark 4 for 30 to 35 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and the filling has set and the eggs are cooked.
Step 7 Cut into wedges and serve with salad, roasted vegetables and new potatoes.

Fresh Cherry Loaf Cake

Fresh Cherry Loaf Cake

Serves Makes 10 to 12 slices
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hours, 10 minutes
Allergy Egg, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Formal Party
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A cheery cherry cake that will delight all who eat it whilst the cherry season is in full swing! You can substitute glacé cherries if you cannot source fresh cherries and also add a drop of almond essence to the cake batter for a wonderful taste combination.

Ingredients

  • 225g butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 350g fresh cherries, pitted
  • Icing sugar

Note

A cheery cherry cake that will delight all who eat it whilst the cherry season is in full swing! You can substitute glacé cherries if you cannot source fresh cherries and also add a drop of almond essence to the cake batter for a wonderful taste combination. Perfect for picnics and afternoon tea.

Directions

Step 1 Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4 and grease and/or line a 2lb (1kilo) loaf tin.
Step 2 Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy and then add the beaten eggs and a little flour bit by bit, gently folding them in after each addition.
Step 3 Make sure the cherries are dry and not wet, and then fold them into the cake mixture.
Step 4 Spoon the cake mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 1 hour, or until the cake is well risen and when a skewer is inserted into the middle of the cake, it comes out clean.
Step 5 Leave to cool the cake in the tin for a few minutes, and then turn the cake out of the tin and cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle the icing sugar over the top and cut into slices to serve. (Can be served warm with cream too).
Step 6 Note – as the cherries are fresh, they well sink to the bottom of the cake, but it still tastes amazing and it’s quite pretty to see the cherries in a layer at the bottom.

Fresh Cherry Loaf Cake

Links to my other Thrifty and Organic Recipe and Menu Posts in 2014:

June Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner: Salmon, Watercress & Strawberry Delights!

Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner for May: Chicken, Exotic Spices and Floral Fruit

Organic Easter Menu: French Herb & Garlic Lamb and Pots au Chocolat

2013 Thrifty and Organic Recipes and Meal Plans:

2013 Thrifty and Organic Recipes and Meal Plans

July Thrifty & Organic meal planner by Lavender and Lovage

Cheese, Spinach & Dill Filo Pie

Comments

  1. says

    It’s veggie heaven! I love all the flavour combinations you’ve put together, I’m a big fan of fennel! As ever your photography is stunning, I just want to reach in and grab a piece of that Pea and Mint Pesto Bread! Lovely!

    • says

      Thanks so much! It is a bit of a veggie heaven and it’s nice to go meat free sometimes, and even my husband didn’t mind! Thanks so much for your warm and encouraging words…….Karen :-)

  2. says

    wow what a lot of suggestions here Karen. I do love the cherry cake – though must admit am partial to glace cherries in cake (dreadful admission I know but I do not partake too often!) but will have to try this out

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