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I waste… We waste. We waste far too much food and quite frankly that doesn’t feel good. We also spend. We spend a huge amount of money every week or month on food and if I then have a look at what goes in the bin afterwards it’s fairly shocking. It seems more and more people realize that we are our own worst enemy in that respect as the campaign of ‘no waste’ are popping up everywhere. Head-to-tail is also a popular theme at the moment but I thought I’d would start at becoming better in spending our weekly budget and when my dear friend Mona from the blog Wise Words talked about living leaner, it seemed the perfect opportunity to jump in.

You see, Mona is one of those people that manages to feed an entire household of husband plus kids with just 10 bucks a day.(Granted she has the chef to cook but let’s forget that part for now). I struggle doing that for just the two of us. How sad is that? So I read through her post and honestly if you have not yet visited Mona before then you should. She is one of the funniest and most honest and down to earth writers that I know and should not be missed! Having said that; her post inspired me to start thinking about our food pattern. I’ve moaned to you before about our planning which is just terrible and I think that is part of it too.

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Without proper planning it is hard to be sensible about what you spend. So gotta get better at both! To start of our new and improved lives I figured this vegetarian dish might be an easy win. Meat and fish are expensive and I didn’t want to start of with a negative figure. I told Mona I would go with the 10 euro budget, even though I have only two mouths to feed. It sort of feels like cheating but in reality it is sort of true that it becomes cheaper per person the more people you have right? And I did use quite a few items that I had left in my storage cabinet such as flour, but that’s ok too right? And it turned out to be a really delicious soup too.

I still have to figure out how I write down the cost as I did buy a few items that I will be able to use for something else later such as carrots. A bought a kilo but used only half. The total spend for this dish was € 6,50, including a kilo carrots, gingerstalk (leftovers too), coconutmilk and beans. I used oliveoil, vegetable stock, lime,cuminseeds and flour from stock.

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But we did actually eat two days of this soup, so in actual fact it was only 3,25. Hmm, need to think about that calculating thing a bit more it seems! The first step is made for us to eat healthy on a smaller budget. And don’t worry; I will not go all vegetarian on you… But we might be eating less meat for sure (shhtt, don’t tell Tom now!)

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Spicy indian bean soup with cumin poori's

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 450 g winter carrots in 2 cm cubes
  • 2 teaspoons ginger freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon korma-curry paste
  • 1 l vegetable stock
  • 200 ml coconut milk plus extra to serve
  • 1 lime juice juice of one lime
  • 400 g cannellini or white beans canned, rinsed and drained
  • cumin seeds roasted to serve

cumin poori's

  • 100 g whole wheat flour
  • 100 g flour plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil plus extra for baking
  • 1,5 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • For the poori's strain the flour and the whole wheat flour together through a sieve with a pinch of salt in a bowl and rub the oil in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir the cumin seed through and then slowly ad 150 ml water until it resembles a soft, lightly sticky dough. Turn the out onto the bench and knead for 5 minutes until smooth. Form the dough into a ball, cover with oil and put it into a bowl. Put the bowl away covered with plastic foil at room temperature for at least 15 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 12 balls and cover them with flour. Roll each ball into a round of about 13 cm diameter. Pour 1 cm of sunflower oil into a frying pan and heat the oil until it is about 180 C or a piece of bread browns in about 30 seconds. Bake the poori's one by one for 45 seconds on one side and 45 seconds on the other side until they puff up and become golden brown. Ad a little oil in the pan if necessary. Leave the poori's to drain on kitchenpaper and keep them warm in the oven while you make the soup.
  • In the meantime heat some oil in a large pan on medium heat. Bake the onion for about 2-3 minutes until they become translucent and glossy. Add carrot and ginger and bake for another minute. Stir the currypaste through and bake for 30 seconds or until it becomes fragrant. Pour the stock in the pan, bring to the boil, turn the heat down and leave to simmer for about 8-10 minutes or until the carrots are done. Stir in the coconut milk, the limejuice and the beans and leave to simmer for another 5 minutes. Puree the soup with a stickblender or let it cool of a bit and put in smaller portions in the blender. Heat the soup slowly on low fire. Pour into deep plates, sprinkle with some coconutmilk and the roasted cuminseeds and serve with the poori's.


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist