Organic September, Sausage Meatballs, Twitter Party
and Thrifty & Organic Family Meal Plans
Welcome to another Thrifty and Organic post, where I will be highlighting all of the recipes that I have created for Organic UK throughout the year as well as announcing some exciting news about a Naturally Different Organic UK Twitter party I will be hosting along with Foodies 100. Over the last eight months I have been developing recipes using only organic ingredients that have been healthy as well as not breaking the bank. I have suggested six core ingredients every month, in line with seasonal availability, and have devised meal plans that are easy to make, tasty to eat and that show that organic food can be incorporate into the weekly meal plan, at no extra cost, or at very little extra cost. There have been salads in jars, barbecued peaches, exotic lamb roasts, comforting chicken dinners and apple tarts on the menu; they have all been extremely cost-effective with all meals coming in at under £3:00 a head, and in some instances, soups and treats have been an incredible 20 to 30 pence a head! I have shared over thirty recipes and nearly eighty leftover recipe ideas…….all of them thrifty and organic! I have created a montage of the recipe and meal plans below, for easy reference, as well as highlighted the TOP THREE recipes from the last eight months.
The year started with a delicious Roast Chicken dinner for February, with some little Hand Pies and a comforting Bread and Butter Pudding with Rhubarb Compote.
For March, there was a more exotic menu with Persian Lamb, Spiced Cauliflower and a Chocolate Truffle Cake, as well as a Spicy Shepherd’s Pie with Cheesy Leek Topping.
Then came April showers and Easter, with a special menu for Whole poached salmon with Herb mayonnaise, Spring Greens with Citrus butter, Minted New Potatoes, Salmon & Vegetable Cheesy Bake, Potted Salmon & Herb Sandwich Spread and Orange Cream Cheese Cake.
May was all about spicy Beef Curry and a Two Cheese and Asparagus Tart with Seasonal Vegetables, followed by a delightful Gooseberry Fool-cum-Trifle!
June saw some new recipes for an easy to make Sausage and Fennel Meatball Bake, some delicious Cheese and Spring Onion Scones to accompany some Watercress Soup with Strawberry Jelly to finish!
When it came to July I decided to break out the barbecue and cook some Lamb and Rosemary Skewers along with some FAB little Salads in Jam Jars! There was also some roasted beetroot and a Raspberry Custard Bake to finish off the menu.
With Great Britain basking in a fabulously hot summer, August was also about the barbecue! There Hamburgers, Peaches and Mediterranean Vegetables on the menu along with a Quinoa Salad too.
Finally, it was September, and a VERY special menu for #OrganicSeptember, with FIVE new recipes for:
Spiced Roast Butternut Squash Soup
Irish Soda Bread with Oats
Somerset Pork with Apples
Creamed Leek and Cabbage Braise
Rustic Apple Galette
But, which menu and recipes were the most popular throughout the whole campaign? Well, it may or may not surprise you know that the top three menus were as follows:
1. Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner for June – Sausage Meatballs, Fennel, Strawberry Jelly, Watercress & Scones Recipes
2. Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner for February: Honey Roast Chicken, Hand Pies and Bread & Butter Pudding Recipes
3. Thrifty & Organic Meal Planner for March: Persian Lamb, Aromatic Cauliflower & Chocolate Truffle Cake Recipes
So, it is the HUMBLE sausage that won! Which, is not that surprising as it is a cheap ingredient to buy and is so versatile, as well as being a favourite of children and adults alike.
Now onto some exciting news, a chance to WIN one of FIVE £25 supermarket vouchers! I am hosting a TWITTER PARTY on the 12th September along with Organic UK and Foodies 100. It’s between 1pm and 2pm, and the five best tweets for your organic meal and recipe tips and tricks, will one of the five vouchers. Make sure you are following all of us on Twitter to join in the fun:
The hashtag is:
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Make sure you’re on Twitter between 1pm and 2pm on Thursday, 12th September
Tweet us with your top organic tips using the hash tag #ThriftyOrganic – do you have a sure-fire way to make the most of organic vegetables? Maybe you have a great tip to cut the cost of organic meat? Whatever your tip we’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject!
The five best Tweets will win a £25 supermarket voucher to spend on-line or in-store.
I also have a GIVEAWAY throughout September, where you can win a £100 Hamper of Organic Ingredients and Goodies! You can enter it here:
Giveaway: Win an Organic Hamper full of Goodies worth £100 with Organic UK
That’s all for today, DO join me on Thursday for the Twitter Party and PLEASE leave a comment below to let me know What YOUR favourite menu plan or recipe was from my Thrifty and Organic Meal Plans! See you later, Karen
fab post honey… you’ve done amazingly well with all this organic food, such a food champion… i’m saying this as i’m tucking into my ‘left-overs’ lunch of roast chicken and pasta bake… all organic of course!… xx
Irene Wright says
You’ve just shown how it is to eat properly but economical. We follow these ideas all the time in this house. We eat well but sometimes it may appear a little unusual to some – i.e. the meal is not always meat, potatoes & three vege. We love beans, lentils, chick peas, cous cous, etc so it’s really easy to live well and have healthy meals.
Clare Webb says
Fantastic! I’ve shared via twitter https://twitter.com/mrs_jacksparrow/status/377051566332583936
That was spectacular! Going to take my time later and check each one out! Thanks for sharing!!! Yum!
Tracy Nixon says
Thanks so much for the inspiration Karen! G+ing xxx
Wow you have such wonderful meal ideas, I’m sharing them on twitter!!
Right now, I would love to have the February manu, but it all looks so lovely and delicious.
Hazel Rea says
Gosh – what a great collection of recipes – I really must go through them all for some new ideas.
Polly davis says
I had never thought of doing meatballs with sausagemeat, it was always mince … I think I will try this
Christopher Jones says
Great post shows you can eat healthy, ethically and on a budget.
Polly davis says
The boys loved this one, thanks.