Smokey bacon and bean warming winter stew

I was recently set the challenge of creating a meal for four people for under £5 to see show that is is possible to eat properly at the end of the month when you've spent all your money - that and it was the perfect opportunity for me to start budgeting properly - we have a wedding and house buying on the horizon, and I still don't know where all our money goes! So, I brainstormed, flicked through our recipe books and got used to using my slow cooker! (this thing is a dreeeam.)

Anyway. I came up with this BBQ bean stew and hotfootted it to LIDL to get all the ingredients - that place is SO cheap, I have no idea why I haven't been before. (I've assumed you've already got the herbs and spices in your store cupboard - if you haven't, then you probably need to start one!) 

I went slightly over £5, but that's because I ended up with FAR more veg than I needed - which is perfect as these can be used the rest of the week. Or, to keep it under £5 or have a veggie option, switch out the bacon for sweet potatos.

This meal creates 4 servings - 2 of which we had on the night, and 2 we boxed up and put in the freezer for another day!

You will need: (Lidl prices)
1 red onion (56p for 4!)
2 carrots (43p for a bag!)
2 cloves of garlic (89p for 4 bulbs)
Pack of bacon (£1.69)
Kidney beans (33p a can)
Butter beans (any beans will do though) (30p a can)
Tomato passata (35p)
Squirt of BBQ Sauce (72p)
1 teaspoon of chilli flakes
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

It's super easy to make, you just peel and chop the veg, chop the bacon and put it with all of the beans and other stuff into the slow cooker. Leave on for a few hours until cooked.


25 before 25 update #4

October was a bit of a quiet month for me blog wise, and that is because everything else was insanely busy! I just didn't have time to sit down and update my little space on the internet (mainly because all my free time was devoted to my Etsy...) and now that I have, I don't know what to write. I've been insanely tired lately, and a lil bit stressed as I just have SO MUCH going on right now (read: final exam) and I'm just generally a bit drained and uninspired. I have lots of ideas about where I want to be, but getting there might not be particularly easy or quick.

Anyway. I'm rambling. Let's be positive. I have actually ticked quite a few things off my 25 in 25 since my last update!

11) Pass all my ACA exams - In progress! 14 down, 1 to go!

21) Melt marshmallows on a campfire - Done! James and I went to an amazing cabin in the woods and it was perfect! Read about it here.

22) Read 50 new books - In progress! 39/50 - read about them here. I'm so surprised I've got this far! I might be able to finish it during the Christmas holidays...maybe.

24) Run a half marathon - Done! I completed the Royal Parks half marathon in London, and it was SUCH an amazing day. I didn't do it in a great time, but I'm no runner, so I'm just so happy I finished. (I did cheat a bit and stop for sweet tea and cake in an ambulance, but who doesn't like a tea break eh?)