I’m always on the hunt for vegetarian meals that don’t break the bank. I’m particularly fond of meals that you can whip up just from things you happen to have lying around at home in the back of your freezer or hiding in your cupboards. Cheap and tasty – that’s my motto!
It can be difficult to find budget friendly food in the summer months. That’s because a lot of those cheap meals we love so much are heavy and hearty, with the sole aim to fill us up quickly and cheaply.
However, during the summer, the last thing you want is a big bowl full of casserole or stew. You want something nice and light, a little bit healthy that you don’t have to spend ages standing in a hot kitchen making.
That is why this vegetarian Feta Cheese, Sweet Potato and Spinach Pie is absolutely perfect for the summer months.
The pie is quick to prepare, thanks to the ready made pastry and a little microwave cheat, and cooks in just 45 minutes. It makes the perfect accompaniment to a big summer salad.
We’re creating this fantastic vegetarian meal using a whole bunch of food from our stores that can be cheaply purchased and will make your cooking life that little bit easier.
Budget Friendly Food Buying Tips
- I always stock up on pre-rolled short crust pastry when it’s on sale or has a yellow sticker on it. It keeps really well in the freezer and makes a great base for a whole host of meals.
- Believe it or not, most stores do a ‘supermarket own’ brand of feta cheese for a fraction of the price. Make sure you read the ingredients if you want to ensure that your cheese really is vegetarian. Look for “vegetable-derived rennet” in the list of ingredients, if the packaging just says “rennet”, it’s most likely animal derived and therefore not vegetarian.
- Garlic, onions and sweet potatoes are often on sale at supermarkets. I would recommend checking out stores such as Aldi, Lidl and ASDA periodically if you’re after some cheap kitchen staples.
- To avoid wastage, I always brush my pastry with milk as opposed to egg. The thought of throwing away most of a perfectly good egg because it’s got no further use horrifies me!
If you’re interested in trying out the recipe for this vegetarian feta cheese, sweet potato and spinach pie, you can find the instructions below.
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 1 Onion
- 3 or 4 Small Sweet Potatoes
- A Sprinkle of Rosemary
- Bag Of Spinach
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Pack of Vegetarian Feta Cheese
- Ready Made Short Crust Pastry
- Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
- Milk/Egg to brush the pastry with
- Peel (if preferred) and chop the sweet potatoes into cubes and put them in a microwaveable bowl. Place in the microwave on high for 10 minute or until soft.
- Put some oil into a large frying pan and then add the sweet potatoes, rosemary, garlic and onions. Once the potatoes have started to gain some colour, add the bag of spinach to the pan.
- Let the spinach wilt, stirring occasionally. While this is cooking, grease your pie dish and place a layer of thin pastry over the top. Pat the pastry down and make sure it touches the sides of the pie dish. Cut off any excess pastry around the edges.
- When the spinach has wilted, pour everything from your frying pan into a mixing bowl. Crumble the feta cheese into the mix and add the two eggs. Stir until all the ingredients are combined.
- Pour the mixture into your pasty pie dish, making sure it's evenly spread. Roll out another layer of thin short crust pastry and layer this over the top of your mixture.
- Cut off any excess pastry and crimp the sides. Using a knife, poke a few holes in the top of the pastry to allow steam to escape.
- Brush the pastry with beaten egg or milk and bake in the middle shelf of the oven at 200 degrees for 45 minutes, or until golden brown on top.