Frozen vs. Homemade Meal — Which One Wins?

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QQ Blog ImageOur made-from-scratch glazed chicken recipe creates a meal that’s cheaper and more nutritious than a frozen dinner. And best of all, you get more servings for a fraction of the cost! To save even more, swap out the ingredients for similar items on offer at your local store.

Fresh ingredients:
1 boneless chicken breast = £0.88
3 to 5 mushrooms = £0.40 Special ingredient:
½ tbsp. xanthan gum (a thickening agent) = £0.10
Sides:
Brown rice = £0.50
Frozen sliced green beans = £0.30 Staple ingredients:
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Lemon juice
60ml chicken stock

 

If necessary, defrost the chicken a few hours beforehand. Clean off the mushrooms with a wet paper towel. Cut chicken and mushrooms into medium slice 

Put a frying pan on medium-high heat and add olive oil to the pan. Season the chicken with a dash of onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Once the oil is heated, add the chicken to the pan and sauté for about five minutes.

Add mushrooms and xanthan gum to the pan and sauté for two more minutes. Pour in chicken stock and a bit of lemon juice. Let ingredients simmer together until the glaze thickens, about five minutes.

Try the sauce and add more spices and lemon juice if desired. Cook rice and green beans and serve with glazed chicken.

 

Frozen Dinner

£2.98

 

Home-Cooked Version

£2.18

 

(By the way, you can cut this meal in half to make it stretch even further, doubling your servings and your savings.)

And just like that, you have a home-cooked meal that’s better-looking, better-tasting, less expensive and more nutritious than a TV dinner. For even more savings, double the recipe and store it in the freezer for quick meals throughout the week.

Remember, you can replace ingredients in this recipe for cheaper or tastier ones you find on offer at the supermarket. The possibilities for saving money are virtually endless.

Try this recipe out for yourself, share it with others and tell us how you liked it!

 

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