I really like this menu, it has no meat but it is perfect comfort food regardless. I have purposely steered clear of meat substitutes such as tofu or “vegetarian meatballs” as I wanted to make a menu that doesn’t scare a lot of people or requires difficult to find ingredients.
You will get most of your proteins this week from the four cheeses on your shopping list, plus a couple of eggs. If you are not a fan of the taste of Gorgonzola, get the dolce version instead of the piccante. If you really don’t want any blue cheese, pick a different strong cheese such as Munster – the French smelly kind, not the bland American Muenster which is really not the same thing. For goat cheese you can substitute feta.
The Mozzarella is split over multiple dishes. Catch the liquid from the bag in a small jar. Add the leftover Mozzarella and store in the fridge.
You can find the budget challenge recipes of all weeks under BC Recipes. They are linked below as well; click on the dish names at each day to get forwarded to the corresponding recipe.
Saturday lunch: Baked garlic mushrooms
Saturday dinner: Broccoli with cheesy pasta
Sunday lunch: Vegetable fries with garlic mayo
Sunday dinner: Pumpkin “burgers”
Monday: Stuffed onions and jacket potatoes
Tuesday: Pumpkin rigatone
Wednesday: Portobello mushroom with goat cheese and pecan, with broccoli mash
Thursday: Pumpkin and pecan casserole
Friday: Three cheese courgette risotto
If you don’t want to make the lunches, remove one courgette from the grocery list. You can serve the mushrooms with the pumpkin rigatone, stuffed onions or the portobello. Serve pumpkin instead of courgette with the stuffed onions. The sweet potato can optionally be removed by only using regular potatoes.
My shopping list of this week:
- 4 eggs
- 165gr pecan nuts – leftovers can go in stir fries or with breakfast)
- 165gr grated old Gouda cheese – grated cheese freezes weel
- 1 ball fresh Mozzarella (125gr)
- 200gr Gorgonzola
- 1 roll of goat cheese (180gr)
- 1 bottle cooking cream (250ml)
- 1 small sweet potato
- 4 large regular potatoes (approx 1 kg)
- 500gr broccoli
- 2 courgettes
- small butternut squash pumpkin (1kg)
- 2 portobello mushrooms
- 250gr Swiss brown mushrooms
- 4 onions
The following is assumed to be in your panty. If you don’t have it in your pantry, add it to the shopping list.
- risotto rice
- dried rigatone pasta
- sunflower oil
- garlic (3 cloves)
- 1/2 stock cube
- dried herbs: chives, thyme/sage
- spices: salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, nutmeg
- optional: Parmesan cheese