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25/01/2013 at 10:49
I've got to cut down our food shop by half for the next couple of weeks so please recommend any good meal ideas that are as cheap as possible. I probably have a few that I could do but my head hurts and I don't feel inspired by what I've found so far. I'm on weight watchers too so anything that isn't too calorific would help. Why is crap food always cheap???
25/01/2013 at 10:54
Corned beef stew? 1 tin of corned beef (cheap stuff is fine) potatoes, carrots, swede, parsnip and an onion, less than £5 and would go far enough for 2 meals, quite healthy too.
25/01/2013 at 10:55
I've not bought corned beef for years as I was so fussy with meat but I guess now is as good a time as any to try! Thank you!
25/01/2013 at 11:00
I try to have a meat-free meal once a week and it is usually veggie bean wraps (no idea what else to call them). It's onion, grated carrot, chopped tomatoes, lentils, and whatever beans you want to use, I usually have kidney beans and cannelloni beans. Add some cumin, coriander and chilli powder if you fancy it and let it simmer for a few minutes. Then add to some wraps, grate some cheese over the top and put them under the grill for a few minutes. They are really tasty, easy and cheap! Good with salad too.
I think probably stews then, or pasta dishes? I do like a mediterranian style chicken. I put mushrooms, chopped tomatos, onions, peppers in a oven dish with chicken breasts (although could use thighs for cheapness), cover and cook until it's done. I also add a bit of chilli power too for a bit of a kick and serve with jacket spuds. You could also serve it with rice?
25/01/2013 at 11:02
25/01/2013 at 11:08
I made veg & lentil stew on Monday, it was delicious and can be as cheap as you like.
Veg in a pot with herbs, cover with water and bring to the boil. Add washed & drained lentils, simmer & stir every 10mins or so the lentils don't stick. Leave to simmer for as long as you like. I used swede, onion, bns, carrots and added cauliflower at the same time as the lentils. I also used curry powder & dried chillies but they are optional. One batch made me 4 dinners / lunches.
25/01/2013 at 11:12
What about buying a sack of potatoes, onions and carrots - generally works out cheaper overall and at this time of the year keep well in the garage or other dry cool place. Soup and bread is always a cheap dinner. Bulking out mince dishes with lentils and rolled oats is a good way of stretching the meal cheaply.
25/01/2013 at 11:15
Stews are a hit here and I've just got the kids to start on soup so all good ideas, thank you.
25/01/2013 at 12:01
It's probably full of calories but I make an easy spinach and ricotta lasagne. Cook the spinach in a saucepan with a tiny bit of water, stir in the ricotta. Then layer up with alternating lasagne sheets and a jar of red pasta sauce and a bit of grated cheese on top. Great way to get the kids to eat spinach! It's delicious too and costs around a fiver to feed two adults and three kids plus sometimes leftovers, depends how hungry you are.
25/01/2013 at 12:17
If u go to the supermarket really late so 10/11 pm you can get meat ridiculously cheap. I did this on dukan. Venison sausages for 32p for a pack of 8, a whole fish for £1.20 I then just took them home and freezed. My sil does this a lot too.
25/01/2013 at 12:42
I'm currently eating a butter bean soup - celery, onion, tin of butter beans, tomato puree and rosemary. Its cheap and really filling, plus it comes from my new healthy eating cook book so must be low in calories too.
I quite often make up a veggie soup using some of the dried mixed soup packets of pulses (I get mine in tescos and I've seen them elsewhere. You soak the pulses overnight first then cook up with onions, carrots, leeks, whatever I happen to have in, plus a tin of tomatoes, plus some veggie stock. Cook. I put Worcestershire sauce in as well to give it a bit more flavour. I normally put mine through the liquidiser to prevent questions about what exactly is in it. I normally get at least two, if not three, meals out of it (two adults and a five year old).
25/01/2013 at 12:50
H and I have just changed our diet completely and we feel better for it. We've found a lot of quorn/meat free products to be tasty and very low calorie. Last night for tea we had a bean burger with a jacket potato and salad which was under 600 calories. The other night we had piri piri chicken and rice, again under 600 calories.
25/01/2013 at 12:51
Thanks all, I've got a list with some more of these ideas on. Will see what veg is the as well and bulk up meals with them. Thanks again!
25/01/2013 at 12:52
Beans on toast - my kids love it!
Chilli - probably £5 would feed you all for 2 meals
Jacket spuds and beans/tuna
25/01/2013 at 13:20
Also if you have a local butcher see if they do deals on buying bulk lots of meat as our local one does. They also do a weekly 'special' of various cuts.
Look at the cheaper cuts - so the stewing steak, and thinks like neck of lamb - which you can put into a casserole and slow cook. Its often cheaper to buy a whole chicken and then either roast it and use the leftovers in other meals or to cut it apart yourself. Don't buy skinless chicken breasts as you pay more because they've had to take the skin off as you do for the ones with skins on. Buy the cheaper ones and remove the skins yourself.
I've started buying frozen fish fillets - they're much cheaper than the fresh fish.
Bulking out meals with things like carrots, cabbage, swede will definitely fill you up without costing too much.
Look at the prices of things like apples - there's often quite a difference in the prices depending on the variety you're buying, its easy to miss that price difference if you're getting them in the supermarket.
For a cheap healthy pudding you could get a couple of bramley apples and make up a crumble with some flour/porridge oats a bit of sugar and butter for the topping.
25/01/2013 at 13:31
Also bulk buy lentils, beans etc, Great for bulking out stews, curries etc as well as being really healthy.
I also buy a lot of frozen vege - mushrooms, spinach, chopped onion, carrots, green beans etc. I think its cheaper this way plus you dont worry about them going off as with fresh vege.
Omelettes are a good cheap dinner too!
25/01/2013 at 13:51
25/01/2013 at 18:14
I'm always amazed at how far a small chicken can go. Roasted on a sunday - two meals. Cold chicken pulled off the bones 2-4 more meals in a pasta sauce or similar. I boil the carcas for soup and that does another 4 good portions of soup.
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