This Morning viewers slam food writer Jack Monroe's three meals for £5

This Morning viewers slam food writer Jack Monroe’s three meals for £5 and claim a ‘revolting’ salmon paste pasta looks like ‘something a child would make’

  • Jack Monroe, 31, appeared on This Morning today presenting a cooking segment
  • Popular British food writer showcased three recipes from their book Vegan(ish) 
  • For five pound, the chef offered 12 plates of food in the form of three meals
  • Yet some social media users were quick to criticise the ‘revolting’ offerings 

This Morning viewers have slammed food writer Jack Monroe’s three meals for £5 saying the ‘revolting’ options look like dishes their children would make.

The British activist, 31, who identifies as non-binary, presented the cooking segment on the ITV programme this morning – showcasing three recipes from their book Vegan(ish).

For five pound, the chef offered 12 plates of food in the form of three meals, including salmon, pea and lemon pasta, fruit and veg curry, and mustard chicken with winter veg.

But despite the compliments from presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, some social media users were quick to express their dissatisfaction with the appearance of the dishes.

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This Morning viewers have slammed food writer Jack Monroe’s (pictured) three meals for £5 saying the ‘revolting’ options look like dishes their children would make

The British activist, 31, presented the cooking segment on the ITV programme this morning – showcasing three recipes from their book Vegan(ish) (including chicken and veg, pictured)

Yet some social media users (pictured) were quick to express their dissatisfaction with the appearance of the dishes

Several people suggested the meals looked like something children would create, while others likened the dishes to vomit.

One unimpressed person wrote: ‘That is literally what would happen if I let my nine-year-old cook dinner.’

Another individual said: ‘I think it’s safe to say no one will be making any of those dishes. Revolting.’ 

A third social media user added: ‘This is just junk. I think most people’s dogs eat better than that.’ 

For five pound, the chef offered 12 plates of food in the form of three meals, including salmon, pea and lemon pasta (pictured), fruit and veg curry, and mustard chicken with winter veg

Jack’s peach and chickpea curry. The chef used tin vegetables as well as some fresh produce

Reaction: Several people suggested the meals looked like something children would create, while others likened the dishes to vomit

Yet hosts Eamonn and Ruth were full of positive comments after trying each of the meals. 

‘Quiet exotic, really very nice’, Eamonn said after tasting the peach and chickpea curry, while Ruth added: ‘That looks really posh,’ when sampling the chicken and veg. 

Elsewhere, others suggested that the basket of food – bought from Tesco, Asda and Saindbury’s – cost more than £5. 

Jack’s mustard chicken with winter veg. This Morning presenter Ruth suggested the dish looked ‘very posh’

Elsewhere, others suggested that the basket of food (pictured) – bought from Tesco, Asda and Saindbury’s – cost more than five pound

Some social media users claimed the price of chicken would bring the basket up in cost, with one person explaining: ‘That chicken would cost a fiver alone.’

They claimed the price of chicken would bring the basket up in cost, with one person explaining: ‘That chicken would cost a fiver alone.’ 

MailOnline has contacted Jack Monroe’s representatives for comment. 

When asked how they kept the cost down, Jack said: ‘I would buy big frozen bags of chicken because if you are on a budget they’re so much better value. 

‘If you are on a budget and you are looking to save money, that’s probably your best option.’

Following the end of the cooking segment, Eamonn commented: ‘It’s amazing what you do… that you can make the money stretch and that you can make the seem food so lovely, favourable and nutritious.’ 

Jack Monroe’s three meals for £5 

British food writer Jack Monroe showcased three recipes from their book Vegan(ish) when appearing on This Morning today. 

The chef shopped around from Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda for their dishes.

Creamy salmon, pea and lemon pasta

20p per serving 

Serves: 4

Ingredients

300g dried spaghetti

200g frozen peas

150g salmon paste

60ml milk

Lemon juice

Plenty of black pepper

Method

Cook your spaghetti and add the frozen peas halfway through the cooking time.   

In a small bowl, beat together the salmon paste, lemon juice and milk. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and add it to the paste, then serve.  

Fruit and veg curry

53p per serving

Serves: 4

Ingredients

200g onion, diced

200g carrots, diced

100g swede, diced

1 x 411g tin of peaches, drained

2 x 400g tins of chickpeas, drained

2 x 400g tins of plum tomatoes

2 tbsp curry powder

200g long grain rice, to serve

Method

Heat oil in a large pan before adding chopped onions, carrots and swede. 

Brown and then add tinned peaches, chickpeas, tomatoes and curry powder. 

Bring all these ingredients to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for around 20 minutes.

While the curry is simmering, cook rice and then serve together. 

Mustard chicken with winter veg

45p per serving

Serves: 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp cooking oil

600g chicken thighs or drums500ml chicken stock

200g carrots, diced

200g onion (approx 2 medium onions), chopped

250g swede, diced

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

200g long grain rice, to serve

2 tbsp plain flour

2 more tbsp cooking oil

1 tsp mustard

125ml milk

200g spring greens, finely sliced

Method

Heat the oil in a pan and add the chicken, cooking on a high heat for 5 minutes.

Add the carrots, onion and swede along with the herbs. Add your stock and bring to boil.

Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

In a bowl, mix flour, oil, mustard and milk to make a paste. Add this into the pan and bring everything to the boil. One minute before serving, add the greens, then serve with cooked rice.

Despite some negative comments, many social media users took to Twitter to share their excitement for the meals

And despite some negative comments, many social media users couldn’t help but agree, taking to Twitter to share their excitement for the meals.

One person said: ‘Really brilliant ideas coming out of this segment. I’ve been at this for years and never overspend on groceries.’

A second added: ‘Well done Jack, you were great, surprised that you don’t have your own show yet. Good to see my favourite curry on TV too.’

Another wrote: ‘This Morning have [Jack] as a regular. To inspire people to cook delicious food on a budget is so important. Jack was very relatable.’

Hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford (pictured with the food writer) were full of positive comments after trying each of the meals

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