Ragtag Risotto: Let’s Get Cooking!

Ragtag Risotto Lets Get Cooking

Ragtag Risotto is so named because you can pretty much throw anything into it that you have to hand! Risotto is an ideal family meal, perfect for first eaters, young children, and grown ups alike. Now that Amelia is a little older, this is one that I like to get her involved with cooking too. Wills often eats a huge portion of this – even his Grandma was flabbergasted when he polished off an entire portion that I had left for him when she babysat recently!

You don’t have to stick to the ingredients I have listed, and I often don’t depending on what we have in the fridge and cupboards! Leftover chicken from a Sunday roast works fantastically, as does smoked bacon (fat removed). You could keep it really simple and just use onions and mushrooms (and vegetable stock to keep it vegetarian), or go all out and add in a mix of seafood, using fish stock instead of chicken.

This recipe makes a huge amount of food, so is perfect for freezing, batch cooking, and saving for lunch the next day. It’s also the perfect budget recipe, without feeling like you’re eating on a budget. I have cooked this for friends and family who have been really impressed at what feels like an indulgent meal, yet it’s cost me next to nothing to make!

Serves
4-6*

Cost Per Person
£0.68p

Freezable
Yes!**

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Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato & Chicken Korma| MummyMamaMum

With the financial carnage of December still impacting our bank balance, couple with the (*gasp*) veg shortage this month, I have been looking for ways to bulk out meals we usually eat. This is one of those concoctions, and I have to say it worked bloody well!

My 6-month old loves this, so if you want to make this for your weaning little see the notes next to some of the stages of prep.

This is perfect for freezing, and we have known to argue about whether this tastes better fresh from the pan or a few days later!

Serves
4

Cost
£3.82 for the whole meal
£0.95p per person*
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Weaning William| MummyMamaMum

I have done a few things differently with William in comparison to how I weaned Amelia. Amelia is a great eater for the most part, but there were a few things I wished I had approached differently, and things that I have learned since she was first weaning have shaped how I am weaning Wills. Things have also changed in our lives and routines that have affected how I have chosen to wean him, like being on a slightly tighter budget than we were back then, the pressure of having to feed a family of four on a daily basis, and me joining Slimming World back in August 2015.

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“It’s Not Shepherd’s, It’s Mum’s” Pie| MummyMamaMum

This is a recipe I have been using for about 14 years, give or take (my mum had me cooking from about 12!) It’s ideal if you’re time-strapped, cash-strapped, basically anything-strapped!

Also, it blends up well for weaning little ones, although I tend to blend up the mince filling and then stir in some mashed potato.

Serves
4-6

Cost
£5.50 for the whole meal (including veg on the side)
£1.38 per person*
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