The Crazy Kitchen: Three Course Summer Family Meal for under £10

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Sunday 7 July 2013

Three Course Summer Family Meal for under £10

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It was due to be a scorcher of a weekend so when I was asked to shop in Asda to create a family meal for under £10 I knew it had to be something that we would be eating outside, and with as little preparation and cooking as possible - who wants to spend all day in the kitchen when the weather is good.

We were having friends over on Saturday so I decided that we would have the family meal on Sunday afternoon. Most of the weekend was spent in the garden, playing and splashing around in the swimming pool.

I was up early as usual on Saturday morning to take Hanna to swim training and then onto Asda for some shopping. I'd decided on a 3 course family meal and checked the prices of ingredients needed online on the Asda website the previous evening. You can read more about my Asda shop and see photos here.

The menu was as follows :

Starter :
Melon boats

Main :
Beef Koftas
Lemon, parsley & mint Cous Cous
Yoghurt dip
Lime wedges

Dessert :
Lemonade lollies

I prepared the lollies and koftas in advance and kept the lollies in the freezer and koftas in the fridge until we needed them.

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I listed down the ingredients I needed and they came in at a total of £9.78

Melon £1
Lean Beef Mince £3.33 (part of a 3 for £10 deal)
Self Raising flour 40p
Smart Price natural yoghurt 45p
Fresh Mint 78p
Fresh Coriander 78p
Cucumber 50p
Lettuce 50p
Spring Onions 50p
Lime 27p
Lemon 27p
Ainsley Harriot Cous Cous 50p
Cloudy lemonade 50p (part of a 4 for £2 deal)

Unfortunately there was no fresh mint or coriander on the shelf but luckily I had some growing in the garden and used that.

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If you fancy giving the menu a try here's how I made everything:

Beef Koftas

675g Lean Beef mince
handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Spices from storecupboard (optional but not essential) : 2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp paprika

  • Mix the ingredients together with your hands
  • Form into sausage shapes and squeeze around a wooden skewer if you have them (I used wooden coffee stirrers)
  • Cook on the bbq or griddle until cooked right through (which will depend on how hot your bbq is)


350g Self Raising flour
350g Natural yoghurt
pinch of sea salt

  • Mix all the ingredients together, starting with a fork and then using your hands
  • Turn out onto a well floured surface and divide into 8 equal pieces
  • Roll each piece flat with the palm of your hands, using extra flour if the dough is sticky
  • Cook on a bbq or griddle for a couple of minutes each side until puffed up
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Yoghurt Dip

Mix the remaining yoghurt with a small handful of chopped fresh coriander and mint

Cous Cous

Follow the directions on the back of the pack (adding boiling water)


Slice the cucumber and spring onions lengthways and shred the lettuce, top with fresh coriander and lime wedges

Lemonade Lollies

Squeeze the juice of the lemon into a jug of cloudy lemonade and pour into ice lolly moulds
Freeze for at least 4 hours

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The meal went down very well, although Jack was only interested in eating the melon, bread and lolly as I think the heat had got to him.

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  1. What a bargain. I love all of this meal and am so going to give it a try.

  2. I'm so impressed! You've made some really simple ideas look so tasty! If you could just pop round now with a kofta or six that would be fab...

  3. those koftas look awesome. Definitely trying some next time we BBQ

  4. Hurrah for a budget and delicious meal! It looks lovely and am envious of your herbs. Mine in the window box either die or get greenfly.

  5. The chlorine generator helps extract chlorine from salt and therefore you get money value
    other than when buying chlorine.
    Salt water pool

  6. Great meal. Think I might try making the koftas, although I'm not too sure I could be trusted to flatbreads

  7. Isn't it nice to have a bit of summer? :)

  8. I never knew making flat bread was so easy! This all looks so yummy!

  9. Looks lovely, well done on the budget too.


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