Determined to make a large lasagne yesterday but lacking in the mince department, I had to do what I could to make the meat go as far as I possibly could. I had a paltry 300g of mince, which is actually a decent amount, but I wanted to make it into 6 or 8 large-ish portions of lasagne if I could!
I started with an onion in the pan [free from UJ's garden] and then added the mince [£1.85 from Morrison's], to which I added a pepper [free from the greenhouse] and a very finely chopped courgette [free - garden] and a tin of chopped tomatoes [31p from Aldi at some point in the past] and a tablespoon of Aldi's onion gravy granules. This cooked up into the most appetising mince ragu-type mixture - and it smelled gorgeous!
At the same time, I set a whole head of cauliflower [80p, roadside stall] to steam over a pan of water, so this was cooked at about the same time as the mince. I made s simple cheese sauce with grated cheese, milk, Vitalite and cornflour, and then poured it over the cauliflower and used the resulting cauliflower cheese as the cheesy layer in the lasagne. It all piled up most satisfactorily, and the FH and YFG had some for their tea last night whilst I was at gymnastics with the EFG. The other four portions are safely tucked in the freezer for another day! It stretched the mince out, and added another vegetable to the meal without making a lot of extra work.