One of the reasons that I started this site was that I believe good food is one of the most important contributions to a good life with good health. I am positive that everyone can learn to cook and eat well, even on a limited budget. Meal planning is a great way to eat well whist saving money and minimising food waste.
I made this quick video of this very easy recipe for a tuna penne pasta bake from Sainsbury’s Live Well for Less easy meal plan. It makes a very generous amount (more than enough for 4) and is incredibly quick and easy to make. As well as this dish there are a number of others, equally easy to make and lots of tips and help on making your own meal plans.
A few Fuss Free Tips and thoughts on the recipe
- Freeze extra fresh pasta then simply cook from frozen
- I thought that there was too much sauce – again freeze leftovers in tubs
- Freeze leafy fresh herbs in bags, crumble and add into sauces
- You can substitute frozen sweetcorn for canned or substitute peas
- I was very pleased to see that Sainsbury’s basics tuna is sustainable and rod and line caught
- Try fried and chopped bacon in place of the tuna, or leftover cold roast chicken
- Chop and fry an onion, garlic, peppers for extra colour, flavour and vegetables
- Bulk out the dish and add extra protein by adding a (drained and rinsed) tin of chickpeas
- Spice it up with a pinch of chilli
- Make a well in the pasta and crack an egg or two in before baking
- Bake a cake at the same time as cooking the pasta bake to maximise use of the oven
- Leftover pasta bake makes an excellent packed lunch – pack into a plastic tub and reheat gently in the microwave
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.