Scanbran (or Scan Bran) – Love it, Hate it or Bake it?

As there are those who like “Marmite” and those that hate it, there is the Slimming World equivalent – Scanbran (or Scan Bran).  To give it it’s full name – It’s “GG Scandinavian Bran Crispbread” or it’s sister product “GG Oatbran Salt Free Crispbread”.  “GG” being the name of the manufacturer. At Slimming World though they tend to be known simply as “scanbran”/”scan bran” and “oat bran” (not be confused with the milled oatbran cereal products found in most supermarkets and health food shops).

A packet of “scanbran” (blue packet) and a packet of “oatbran” (orange packet).

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One from the Vaults – or at least from the cupboard (My Store Cupboard Staples)

So I will often reference in the recipes “store cupboard staples” or “from the cupboard”. (As will a lot of recipes – or they just assume you have them in). But what do I do I keep in my cupboards and how do I try to do it in a thrifty way?

I could only dream of cupboards that look like this. But regardless what they look like on the outside – it’s what store cupboard staples you have on the inside that count.

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“My” Mushy Pea Curry Recipe

“Ewwww”. “I hate mushy peas”. “I can’t imagine mushy peas in a curry”. All common responses when someone brings the subject of “Mushy Pea Curry” up in group (or even on Facebook). In fact – I resisted trying this for a few years because of similar thoughts to those above but once I tried it – I was hooked.

Mushy Pea Curry in the pan – just waiting for some chips to cook with it. (Sorry – there’s just no way to make this dish look “pretty” – but believe me – it is tasty)

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A Slight Change of Direction at TheThriftyDieter.co.uk

Hi Folks,

Ever since I started to get this blog site up and running there’s always been in the back of my mind “How can I do this better?” and “What can I do better?”. After some thought, I’ve decided to make a slight change to how things are done here at ThriftyDieter HQ. I guess that this make this an “Admin” type post but I promise – I’ll make them as few and as far between as I can.

Change of Direction

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The Thrifty Dieter’s Thrifty Bargains & Savings – 10th August 2017

So I missed out a bargain post last week (I aim to do them every week). I just couldn’t find any new bargains that would fit under the “Thrifty” banner whilst also falling under being Food Optimising friendly. Actually that’s not quite true. There was (as every fortnight) a new Aldi “Super 6” offering. I didn’t feature that as I couldn’t get enthused about what’s in there.

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Syn free Vegetarian Mince & Veg

So, at heart, I’m a lazy so-and-so. If I can avoid having to do work in the kitchen I will.  I’m also a fan of good hearty (and typically) British food.  This “vegetarian mince & veg” provides all that, plus with a few extra ingredients can be made into either an Italian or an Mexican inspired dish. Takes just 10minutes to prepare and costs less than 50p a portion. Oh, and suitable for vegetarians (albeit maybe with a minor change).

The base ingredients for the mince and veg mix (though I did later add some "fresh" mushrooms that were needing to be used and a tin of baked beans.
The base ingredients for the mince and veg mix (though I did later add some “fresh” mushrooms that were needing to be used and a tin of baked beans.

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Meatloaf

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If anyone was to hear “Bat out of Hell” or “I’d Do Anything for Love” belting out of my flat in the evening (or late afternoon) – there’s probably a good chance I’m preparing a meatloaf (as opposed to Meat Loaf – the singer). Yes, I’m a Meat Loaf fan, but I’m also a fan of meatloaf for dinner.

Meatloaf (with added veg in the mix) wrapped in bacon with syn free red onion “gravy”. (The gravy wasn’t really as dark as it looks though probably a little over reduced on this occasion).

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