Mmmmm! Now here's a quick and easy mid-week stew that practically cooks itself!
I had some nice smoked sausages from the Farmer's Outlet in Lensfield road (they turned out to be very much like coarse kielbasa sausages) and some carrots, onions and potatoes from our weekly organic box from Abel & Cole and lentils (in our store cupboard!). First, I fried off the onions and sliced and fried the sausages. Then I poured about a pint and a half of water into the pot, added the sliced carrots, chopped potatoes and about 250 grams of lentils (any type would be fine but I used green lentils). To this I added a crumbled stock cube, a little salt, 4 chopped plum tomatoes (which were going soft from last week's organic box!) a couple of bay leaves, 10 whole black peppercorns and a couple of smashed garlic cloves.
I let this simmer over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the lentils and vegetables were cooked and the sauce was red from the tomatoes (about 30 minutes - longer would be fine too - just keep and eye on things in case you need to add more water) and we were good to go.
'Cheap' can be fast and easy too!