Beetroot and Leak Budget Casserole

Well, there’s something common with this blog on the food side- we love our budget food! Especially our casseroles and especially when they’re cheap to cook! Today’s budget casserole is the beetroot and leak casserole! Beetroot will also add a nice red shine to the dish as well!

If you want to add a bit of extra goodness to this recipe, then why not add olive bread to it! It especially helps with the spiciness of the casserole if you do add the peppers! There’s a whole list of other sides that would go well with this recipe on our YouTube channel!

Beetroot and Leak Budget Casserole Recipe

Beetroot and Leak Budget Casserole

Beetroot and Leek Budget Casserole

Josh N.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4 persons


  • 200 ml super enriched stock
  • 1 can mushrooms
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 whole garlic
  • ½ celery
  • 1 leek
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp toasted flour
  • 4 dried finger chillies
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree


  • Preheat oven to 180 C fan on.
  • Add the stock, chickpeas, mushrooms, spices, herbs and chopped tomato to the casserole dish and mix.
  • Chop the leeks into even slices then brown on a medium-high skillet for a few minutes then once browned add to the casserole dish. Do the same with the celery.
  • Chop the beetroot into medium even chunks then add to the casserole dish. Then proceed to chop up the garlic into small dices then add.
  • Add the dried finger chillies then mix the casserole until everything is well mixed.
  • Place into the oven covered for an hour and a half then uncovered for around 20 minutes to half an hour.


Keyword beetroot, budget, casserole, cheap, leek, main

Budget-Friendly Canned Casserole

With the cost of living crisis getting quite spicy- how about we create a casserole that is respective to the budget! Canned food is cheap and therefore we use it a lot here to protect our budget! Chickpeas are a good source of protein in this recipe and the casserole is vegetarian. If you’re here to save, then the Budget-Friendly Canned Casserole is for you!

If you don’t like spicy food, you can replace the finger chillies with another herb or spice. I would recommend corriander (or cilantro) if you want to replace the finger chillies. You can add double cream to the casserole to give it a milder touch or just make it more creamier and thicker!

Budget-Friendly Canned Casserole Recipe

Budget-Friendly Canned Casserole

Budget-Friendly Canned Casserole

Josh N.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 8 persons


  • 1 can mushrooms
  • 2 cans chopped tomato
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 2 onions
  • 3 potatoes
  • 5 dried finger chillies
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree


  • Preheat oven to 200 C fan on
  • Pour the mushrooms, chickpeas and tomatoes into the casserole dish with the spices. Keep the liquids in but if there's too much liquid then drain (into a strainer) the chickpeas and mushrooms before adding. Keep the liquid for a stock.
  • Slice the onions and cut the potatoes into cubes then brown the onions and potatoes then add them to the casserole.
  • Mix everything then put the casserole dish covered in the oven for an hour and a half.
  • Remove cover then keep in oven for 30 to an hour until the top is browned.


Keyword budget, canned, casserole, friendly, inflation, main, meal, onion, potato, tomato


We hope you enjoyed the recipe and make sure to comment down what you think of the recipe or what you’ve done with it! Hopefully this is a budget friendly recipe and you can use these methods to save money in a crisis time like this period. If you would like to save more money- make sure to check out our cheaper method of making butter! Or check out our YouTube channel for the occassional cheap recipe!

Sausage Bean Casserole with Leftovers!

This sausage bean casserole is a very delicious way to use up sausages and any beans that you need to use up. We used black beans for this which turned the liquid quite brown so it can be replaced for aesthetic reasons.

In this recipe we use dried finger chillies- you can find our recipe for them here.

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Flour is used in this recipe to add thickness to the casserole to stop it from being too liquidy. You could alternatively use cornstarch instead in the mix. Alternatively, you can omit the dried finger chillies if you don’t like the spiciness.

Sausage Bean Casserole Recipe

sausage bean casserole

Sausage Bean Casserole

Josh N.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine British


  • 3 medium red onions
  • 3 celery
  • 6 sausages
  • 4 tbsp black beans (cooked)
  • 1 large carrots
  • 1 garlic
  • 300 ml stock liquid
  • 1 canned tomatoes
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • 9 dried finger chillies


  • Preheat oven to 180 C fan on
  • Add the black beans to the casserole dish!
  • Cut up the onions then brown them evenly then add them to the casserole dish, do the same with the carrots, garlic and celery.
  • Cut the finger chillies into the casserole dish.
  • Add the stock then cut the sausages then flour them. Add the flour, chopped tomatoes and sausages to the dish then mix everything.
  • Cover the dish then place in oven for an hour and a half; remove for the last 30 minutes.
  • Take out of the oven then leave for 2 hours to cool. Then eat.
Keyword bean, black beans, casserole, celery, hearty, sausage, tasty


We hope you enjoy this sausage bean casserole! We have a few other casseroles which you might want to try.

  • Spicy bean casserole– this spicy casserole uses chilli and meat and creates a sensation that you want to come back to! Perfectly thick and filling- you must try it out!
  • Chipolata casserole– got any chipolatas? Well, this recipe might be for you! All the herbs and spices bring this casserole to another level! Why don’t you try it out next time!

If you prefer the video format for recipes- we have a YouTube channel. On the channel, we create a lot of quick-paced recipe sum ups! We hope you enjoy the channel. Therefore if you have feedback on the recipe make sure to send them in the comments!

Casserole: Spicy bean and meat recipe

This casserole is a very spicy but delicious eat! You can add more spices if you want to enhance the flavour. The casserole utilizes canned food to make it cheaper to cook. You can also use any type of beans or meat. Really, the flavour is controlled mostly by how strong the stock is. You can see a shorter version here.

Meats for the casserole.

Often I would suggest using sausage or any meat that cooks quite quickly; if you’re using other meat though- make sure to put a thermometer through the dish if you’re taking it out and make sure that it’s around 75-90 Celsius.

If you’re not wanting to have it too spicy and want a light one, I did a chipolata variation. All you would need to do is to remove the cayenne chilli powder!


You can substitute the mixed beans with really any bean you want. You can use other flours as well- though some are better than others. Cornflour is always the best for thickening- but make sure to use less if you use a strong thickener.

You can also substitute any of the vegetables for anything you want. The great thing with casseroles is that you can customize them however you want!

Topping the casserole

You can apply toppings onto the casserole; I used paprika for this one. You could add any powder to melt into it after it’s straight out of the oven. I would try garlic powder next time I create this dish again. Then again, feel free to mix and match different flavours! Experimentation is the key to finding new recipes and favourite flavours!

spicy bean and meat casserole
It was absolutely delicious! You should try it!
spicy bean casserole

Spicy Bean and Meat Casserole

Josh N.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4


  • 1 can mushrooms
  • 1 can mixed beans
  • 500 (or 1l) ml stock liquid
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 whole garlic
  • 4 celery sticks
  • 4 chili peppers
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 2 cans chopped tomato
  • 100-200 grams grated cheese
  • 400 grams any evenly chopped meat
  • variable flour for use to cover the meat to add thickness to the casserole. If you don't use meat- just add flour to the casserole instead and mix thoroughly.


For the stock

  • If you're creating the stock from scratch- put any vegetable cuttings into a pot of water (make sure to wash them first) then boil for half an hour.
    You may leave the stock step after you've browned all the vegetables- to use those cuttings before popping the casserole in the oven.
    DONT DISPOSE OF THE CANNED LIQUID- put it into the stock water as well! It has so many nutrients inside of it! If you don't want it too liquidy- make sure to reduce it.


  • Preheat oven to 180C fan.
  • Chop the red onions into slices along with the garlic.
  • Brown the red onions and garlic, slice the celery and peppers.
  • Brown the celeries and peppers- add all the browned vegetables to the casserole dish.
  • Add all of the herbs and spices to the casserole dish then mix together to evenly distribute.
  • Add the canned tomato- then mix again, Cover the meat with flour then add it to the casserole dish.
  • Mix again then add the cheese as the topping then pop into the oven for around an hour thirty to two hours.
  • Leave to cool for around an hour to two.
  • (optional) add paprika to the top of the casserole.


Keyword bean, beans, casserole, meat, spicy

We hope that you enjoyed the recipe a lot! If you have any feedback or ratings on the recipe please do send them!

Apple Pie, Casseroles and Fun Food for the Hard Times.

apple pie filling
Look at the delicious apples!

The apple pie despite its collapsed crust really makes it look like it just came straight from hard times! If you need to save on water- that’s really what your pie will look like. I just simply thought I used enough- then found out later it really wasn’t.

Apple pie – substituting!

You can substitute the apples in the pie with canned apples. Make sure to add some flour to them to dry them out a bit; use the liquid. This method will also thicken the inside of the apple pie. Then add the sugar mixture to the top.

If you have a small number of apples – you can substitute half for apple jam. Alternatively, you can use dried apples in a much higher quantity but you need to substitute for more liquid.

If you don’t have normal flour- you can use spelt. I would recommend that you should use more water if you go for a much drier flour though.


The casserole was created with using two canned tomatoes. I was going to use canned mushrooms for it as well but I had forgot to purchase them. Though I did use a leftover vegetable stock for the casserole!

Make sure to use your vegetable cuttings for the stock! It really adds a new level of depth to the flavours!


I used any apples that I needed to get rid of eventually in the kompot. I used any excess sugar from the pie that I didn’t use. Therefore, utilizing everything that’s left-over reduces waste.

Recipes- Apple Pie. Casserole and Kompot.

Apple Pie

Josh’s Hard-time Apple Pie

Just- make sure to make the pastry not too dry like I did!
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 4 servings


Pie Pastry

  • 200 grams lard
  • 4-6 tbsp warm water
  • 500 grams plain flour

Pie filling

  • 5 apples
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp allspice I tend to use more allspice since I love it so much
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ~ butter Use as much as you want in the pie filling.
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 eggwash


  • (for pastry). Mix the lard and flour and mix into a breadcrumb texture
    200 grams lard, 500 grams plain flour
    flour and lard
  • (for pastry) add the water- then mix together. If its too dry add a small amount more until its not too dry.
    4-6 tbsp warm water
  • Roll the pastry out evenly and fill the casing with the pastry.
    pie pastry in pie case
  • Preheat the oven to 180 C fan on
  • Cut the apples into slices with skin on (skin keeps the additional health benefits in the apples)
    5 apples
  • Mix the sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger together then dip the apples in the mixture.
    100 grams sugar, 1 tbsp cinnamon, 1-2 tbsp allspice, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp ginger
  • Add the dipped apples into the pie casing, filling it up to the top. Then top with the excess flour and butter.
    500 grams plain flour, 5 apples, ~ butter
    apple pie filling
  • Create the top of the pie, either as a lattice or full. I went with a full cover then pop some holes in it so that the steam can leave.
    Apple pie
  • Brush the top with an eggwash to add a golden brown and pop in the oven for 20-45 minutes.
    1 eggwash


Keyword apple, dessert, pie

Chipolata Casserole

Josh N.
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 Casserole Dish


  • 2 red onions
  • 1 whole garlic
  • 4 celery sticks
  • 2 ½ carrots
  • 7-10 chipolatas
  • variable flour
  • 2 cans chopped tomato
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp parsely/corriander
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 500-(1l) ml stock


  • Preheat oven to 180 C fan-on.
  • Slice the red onions in whatever way you want.
  • Brown the red onions, while browning- make sure that you're chopping the garlic and carrots.
  • Proceeding, brown the carrots and garlic (then add to dish). Add the red onions to the casserole dish- chop up the celery into slices. Brown the celery and add to casserole dish.
  • Chop the chipolata's into chunks then cover them in flour. Add them into the casserole dish.
  • Add the two canned tomatos and all herbs and spices then mix everything together.
  • Put in oven for two hours. Make sure to use two towels for both ends when taking out of the oven.
Keyword canned, casserole, chipolata, leftover, tomato


We hope that you enjoyed reading and creating those recipes! They’re delicious and can cater to your taste buds! There is a podcast that includes these recipes which are linked below! Hopefully, this will help you through harder times!