With the Six Nations coming to a close, what meals can you make cheaply that would feed a rugby team?12 March 2019
As the Six Nations final draws closer, some of you are probably making plans to squeeze far too many of your friends and family around the TV in your front room. If you’re ambitious enough to have offered to feed them, too, here are some ideas for big, bulky meals you can make without breaking the bank.
We don’t want you biting off more than you can chew, so we’ll stick to recipes you can make easily with just two or three pots and pans - meals you can make to fill up a rugby team.
Pearl Barley Chilli
Another great option, and one that can feed a small army on a shoestring, is a pearl barley chilli. This meal couldn’t be easier to make. Start off with garlic, onions and fresh chillies, then add your tomatoes, meat and barley, as well as whatever vegetables and canned beans you’ve got hanging about the kitchen.
The great thing about this dish is its versatility, and it works well with a range of different ingredients, from carrots and peppers to shallots and chickpeas. Stir in some chipotle chilli flakes from Fortnum & Mason to give it that delicious smoky flavour, then a healthy dollop of Marmite from Ocado to thicken it up nicely. The pearl barley adds a really strong texture, just make sure to give it at least an hour in the pot to soak up all the flavour. We think this works great served with rice or in tortillas, and if you feel like really treating your guests, serve a can of Old El Paso refried beans from Sainsbury’s on the side.
Red Lentil Dahl
As fragrant as it is filling, Dahl is one of the cheapest and easiest meals you can make. With centuries of history behind it, there are hundreds of different variations. We like to keep it simple with ginger, garlic, and a whole lot of red lentils. Grab some of your favourite spices from Waitrose and chuck them into your pot in hearty heaped teaspoons. We like using cumin, turmeric and mustard seeds for those rich Indian aromas.
If you’re feeling indulgent, add a dollop of double cream or a can of coconut milk. High in protein and fibre, lentils are a great way to fill up a crowd. The more people you need to feed, the more lentils you add. It couldn’t be simpler. Serving alongside rice or naan makes it go even further, too.
Juicy, tender and satisfying, is there anyone out there who doesn’t like pulled pork? One of the best things about this delicious dish is how easy it is to make, especially if you’ve got a slow cooker. All you really need is a big chunk of pork, a few ingredients to flavour it, and a little bit of time to leave it simmering away. You can find your meat for cheap in Tesco, so that’s the main ingredient taken care of. After that, there’s a million and one things you can flavour it with, from chilli powder and cider to garlic and orange juice, so have a look at what you’ve got in the cupboard and get experimenting today.
The sooner you start it off simmering, the longer the meat has to soak up the flavours, so don’t leave it until the last minute. We recommend at least eight hours to make sure it’s at its best. Serve in buns, or alongside macaroni cheese and smoky beans for the full Texan barbeque experience.
However many people you’re feeding for the finals (and however big their appetites are) there are few things that beat a meal you can double up on with just a bit more veg. Take a look at our supermarket offers and get cooking!