It feels like aaaaaages since I last worked a full five-day week, what with Easter and bank holidays, and my habit of taking days off on weeks I have college on the weekends. I’ve learn from experience that I can’t eat more than 3 days of the same food in a row for lunch. So I usually only make three identical pack lunches on Sunday. On 3 or 4 day weeks it works out great, but on full 5 day weeks it means I have to cook something on Wednesday and make more boxes. That’s what I did today.
I made a turkey mince, chopped mushrooms & preserved turnip with courgette and broccoli stir fry.
The sequence, in order : –
- Heat wok & 1 tbsp of oil
- Stir fry garlic & chopped preserved turnip until fragrant
- Stir in minced turkey & stir fry until brown. Add a pinch of salt or soy sauce
- Stir in courgette, mushrooms & broccoli (no order, I actually added broccoli last as I was still cutting it, and I like undercooked broccoli)
- If wok not big enough / flame not hot enough for everything to cook quickly and evenly, add in a couple of tablespoons of water, and cover for 3-5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- (I cook stir fries on the highest heat setting of my largest cooker ring. It’s electric so it will never be as good as a large gas wok-burner, but as far as electric goes, this is newer generation and isn’t too bad)
- If you want gravy add half a cup of cold cornstarch solution at this point. I didn’t this time, but I did add a tablespoon of shaoxing wine.
- Serve with rice!
Costing : –
- 1 yellow stickered broccoli – 24p
- 1/5 box of basics mushrooms – 15p
- half a large courgette from basics range – ~40p
- ~200g of minced turkey – ~80p*
- Rice – 36p**
- Garlic – 15p
- Perserved turnip – ~20p
Total estimated cost – £2.30 for 3 meals which made it 77p per meal.
*(I have no idea how much I paid as I bought it when it was yellow stickered, and then divided it into smaller packs and froze it so I’m just going to overprice it)
**(I buy 10kg of brown jasmine rice for £15.00 which is £1.50/kg, I eat about 75g uncooked for dinner, and a bit less for lunch, but let’s say it is 75g/person/meal, that approximates to 12p/serving.)