Beauty, Life, Style

Healthy Cooking on a Budget #1: Easy Peasy Zucchini Linguini

When it comes to cooking I'm pretty lazy. I like quick, healthy food that fills me up and doesn't cost a fortune. Frankly I have too much to do to be standing over the oven for hours on end. And if a recipe book asks me to spend £20 on ingredients you can bet your ass I'm chucking that book out of the window and taking myself to a restaurant so someone else can cook me food  and wash up for the same price.

When you're short of time and on a budget it can be tempting to head to the freezer isle, grab some oven chips and chicken kiev's and say to hell with it.

Over the next few weeks I'll show you some healthy meals that take less than 30 minutes to prep AND cook (yes Jamie Oliver and your 30 minute meals, I'm looking at you) using ingredients that you can buy in every supermarket that cost less than a bottle Gallo, leaving you with more money to spend on the important things. You know, like, shoes.
For this recipe you will need:
3 courgettes (zucchini) - 25p each
1 medium red onion - 33p
250g mushrooms - 80p
2 chicken breasts - £2.40
1/2 jar of green pesto - 50p

Total cost per person - £2.39
Calories per person: approx. 510

This serves 2 substantial potions.

Heat one teaspoon of oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. I like to use coconut oil as it's choc full of good stuff and has a really high burning temperature.

Dice your onion and mushrooms and chuck em in a frying pan. 
While your veggies are simmering away slice your chicken then throw that in too.
Stick the kettle on to boil and start slicing your courgettes. You can slice them finely using a knife, use a fancy spiralizer that will cost you about £60 or..... get yourself down Poundstretcher and get a julienne vegetable peeler for 99p. Looks like a zig zagged potato peeler. Marvellous invention. 

I like to peel around the edges as the middle can go a bit soggy and limp.
Put your water in a pan and bring to the boil. Throw your courgette strips in to the pan and cook for a minute or so until they have a noodle like consistency.
Take your chicken off the heat and stir in half a jar of pesto.

Drain your courgette strips. Plonk them on a plate and scoop on your chicken. Et voila! Dinner is served.
What do you think? Will you be giving this a go?



  1. This looks sooo good and yummy. I really want to make it. :) x

  2. It really is good! And super easy to do!


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