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3 Delicious Ideas for Cheap and Easy Weekday Dinners

Weeknight dinners should be tasty and involve minimal effort on behalf of the chef. Instead of reaching for ready-meals packed with nasties, why not add these budget meals into your weekly menu.

  1. DIY Pizzas

Pizzas are quick to prepare, fast to cook, and popular with children. That’s a win on all levels in our house! Homemade pizzas are also a fantastic way to involve kids with cooking and teach them healthy habits from a young age. You can either make them using pitta bread bases, or throw together a no-rising-required pizza dough. As well as being a clever way to incorporate vegetables, pizzas are useful for using up things like leftover chicken. Continue Reading

Mkate wa Chila

Mkate Wa Chila
Yields 7
This traditional Zanzibar bread is made with rice and flavoured with coconut ¬ and it’s absolutely delicious. It does require the rice to be soaked overnight, but once that’s done the bread can be made in no time. Drizzled with a cardamom flavoured syrup it’s also a great way to finish a meal.
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Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
24 hr 10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
24 hr 10 min
262 calories
50 g
27 g
5 g
5 g
1 g
104 g
14 g
18 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262
Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 27mg
Sodium 14mg
Total Carbohydrates 50g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 18g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 200g long grain white rice
  2. 90g coconut flour
  3. 125g sugar
  4. 1 tbsp yeast
  5. 2 tbsp plain flour
  6. ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 cup of warm water.
  1. 1. Place the rice in a bowl and cover it with cold water. Leave to soak overnight.
  2. 2. The following day, drain the rice and rinse it under fresh cold water two or three times. Drain well.
  3. 3. Mix the yeast with ½ teaspoon of the sugar and 1 tablespoon of the warm water. Leave it for 10¬15 minutes until a foam begins to appear on its surface ¬ this means the yeast has activated.
  4. 4. Place the soaked rice in a food blender and add the remaining ingredients, including the yeast mixture. Blend them until you have a doughy batter. Transfer the mixture to a lightly greased bowl, cover it in cling film, and leave it in a warm place to double in size.
  5. 5. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a little coconut oil, ghee or clarified butter. Add the mixture to the pan one ladleful at a time, and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for 2¬3 minutes.
  6. 6. Flip over the bread and cook it for a further 1 minute. Remove it from the pan and place it on a plate, and then cover the plate with a tea towel.
  7. 7. Repeat the above steps until you have used up all of the mixture.
  8. 8. Optional - To make the cardamom syrup, simply boil together an equal quantity of sugar and water, and add a few split cardamom pods to the liquid. Allow to boil for 3 minutes, and then leave it to cool. When cold it can be drizzled over the bread
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