Feed a Family of 5 with £10 Meal Deal

Every now and again, I succumb to the £10 meal deal on offer in Marks and Spencer, Tesco or Sainsbury, sometimes it’s perfect for an adult “night in”, or it will feed my 3 kids (and I get the bottle of wine!) or, with a bit of a stretch, it will feed all 5 of us.

Tonight’s meal was a Sainsbury’s £10 main/dessert/wine deal:

  • Mushroom and Spinach Risotto:

  • Melting Middle Chocolate Pudding:

  • and a bottle of Tuscan White Wine:



The challenge was how to make this stretch to feed 5 people, I also wanted to make it a bit healthier! To do this I added:

200g short grain brown rice

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 stick celery, very finely chopped

200g brown mushrooms, finely chopped

A good handful of baby spinach

1/2 lemon, squeezed juice

  1. To start I cooked the rice, fry it first in a little olive oil then add 400ml boiling water, turn down the heat, cover and simmer for 35 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, fry the onion in a large pan in a little olive oil until soft, then add the celery for a few minutes and finally the mushrooms, saute for a few minutes until cooked.
  3. The risotto cooking instructions were for the oven but I was in a hurry, so I microwaved it on full power (850) for 5 minutes then added it to the pan.
  4. Finally, I added the cooked rice, baby spinach and lemon juice.
  5. To serve you could stir through some grated cheese but I was trying to be healthy! It also did not need any extra seasoning.
This actually made a big enough meal to feed 6 or more! It’s very filling for a vegetarian dish and the short grain brown rice (my miracle food, read more here….) adds a delicious nutty taste.

The chocolate puddings I split 4 ways for my husband and 3 kids, they finished up some custard and cream left in the fridge, while I enjoyed the white wine!


For more Meal Deals from Sainsbury click here…..


Do you have any other ways of using the Meal Deals around?


My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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