We all enjoy risotto but arborio rice can be expensive. So a way to enjoy a risotto style meal is to us pearl barley.
Pearl barley is a cheap grain to buy and is so tasty when cooked in a stock as it absorbs all of the flavours.
This is my Cheap Budget Meal recipe this week...
Pearl Barley Risotto
2 carrots, chopped (15p)
1 large or 2 small parsnips, chopped (22p)
1 leek (50p)
6 med mushrooms (50p)
3 tomatoes (38p)
250g pearl barley (55p for 500g bag)
600mls vegetable stock
1/2tsp mixed herbs
Pre heat the oven to 180C
1 - Fry the leeks and mushrooms in a drop of olive oil
2 - Once softened add the tomatoes, carrots and parsnips and fry for a couple of minutes
3 - Add the pearl barley and pour over the vegetable stock
4 - Bring to the boil and transfer to a casserole dish and cover
5 - Place in the oven and cook for 40 minutes, check after 30 minutes and add more water if needed
This is a quick and easy meal to prepare and will not disappoint! All three of my children loved the sweetness that the parsnips add and the textures of the pearl barley.
This is a super healthy meal both for the body and for the bank!
This meal served all five of us with some leftover for a budgeting £2.30!
That is only 46p per portion!
46p a portion for a healthy meal that is full of fresh vegetables!
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