Good Food Blog
A week of easy meals for £25Posted at 12:02PM, 26 February 2013 by Lily Barclay - Writer, bbcgoodfood.com
The big squeeze on families and soaring food prices has left most of us feeling the pinch, and quite a painful one too. These days it's very easy to feel overwhelmed with the cost of day-to-day living, but with a bit of creativity and careful planning you'll find you can still eat well, whilst sticking to a strict budget.
Everyday changes like getting creative with leftovers, visiting local food markets and cooking from scratch mean you will have the satisfaction of feeding your family on wholesome, seasonal food. But the key point always comes down to planning, because impulsive spending leaks money and waste. Oh, and never, ever shop when you're hungry...
Check out our week of easy meals for £25, and let us know how you get on:
Your shopping list Fruit and veg
Meat, fish & dairy
Dry goods & bakery
Check your storecupboard and fridge for
Pasta with ham & minty pea pesto
A steaming bowl of pasta makes the perfect Monday night supper, and this recipe is low-fat to boot. Serve your choice of pasta with ham and homemade sauce made from salty Italian cheese and crème fraîche.
Creamy fish curry
Whip up a curry in a hurry with this low fat Goan-style mild dish with korma paste, coconut, green beans and sustainable coley
Piri-piri chicken with spicy rice
Use a lime-spiked spicy marinade to coat thighs and drumsticks then roast and serve with paprika rice in this healthy yet filling dish
Tomato soup with tear & share cheesy bread
Comfort food doesn't get much better than a bowl of creamy homemade tomato soup and warm cheesy bread. This super-simple recipe will be on the table in under an hour too
Black bean beef meatballs with stir-fried noodles
Try out a new idea with beef mince, served in balls in a Chinese sauce with sweet chilli and five-spice, so much better than a takeaway.
Have you got any tips on how to eat on a budget? We'd love to hear them...