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33 Recipes

Low-cost, budget-friendly meals that are packed full of flavour.

Pearl barley, bacon & leek casserole

3.775

(20 ratings)

This storecupboard grain makes a great alternative to rice or couscous. Team with bacon and veggies in this risotto-like stew
  • 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Tuna sweet potato jackets

4.45614

(57 ratings)

If your standby supper is baked potatoes with tuna, switch to sweet potatoes and a fresh, spicy topping - budget-friendly and low-fat too
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Lamb & chickpea fritter wraps

3.59375

(8 ratings)

Spiced lamb and chickpea patties with yogurt, coriander and salad make the perfect filling for flatbread
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

Mushroom, ricotta & rocket tart

4.444445

(9 ratings)

This puff pastry slice requires minimum fuss. Use Italian cheese as a simple base and top with garlic mushrooms and salad leaves
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Chunky chilli

4.204545

(11 ratings)

Use chunks of stewing beef in your chilli con carne for a robust and filling dish. Serve with rice and coriander
  • 2 hours and 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Lentil & sweet potato curry

4.668365

(49 ratings)

A storecupboard spice pot with red and green lentils, chickpeas and coriander. Serve with yogurt and naan bread
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Fruity tabbouleh with feta

5

(3 ratings)

Use up a few storecupboard staples in this bulghar wheat salad packed with dried fruit, nuts and herbs
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Tomato & rice soup

3.125

(4 ratings)

This low-fat soup is great for using up rice and pesto - it makes a substantial and hearty main course
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Spicy sausage & bean one-pot

4.545455

(11 ratings)

A saucy, warming casserole with Cumberland sausages, chilli gravy and kidney beans. It's budget-friendly and ready in less than 30 minutes too
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Red lentil & squash dhal

4.647435

(39 ratings)

A hearty budget meal of spiced red lentils with butternut and tomatoes. Add coriander, cumin, turmeric and a dollop of mango chutney
  • 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Braised bacon with colcannon cakes

2.5

(1 rating)

A bacon joint can stretch a long way. Serve with potato and Savoy cabbage cakes, plus a fried egg and optional tomato ketchup
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Scandi meatballs

3.75

(4 ratings)

Put mushroom soup to clever use in this Scandinavian-style beef meatball dish with dill sauce
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

Bhaji frittata

3.541665

(6 ratings)

This lunchbox or picnic-friendly dish takes an Italian-style thick omelette and adds some Indian spice, along with potatoes, peas and coriander
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Pilchard puttanesca

5

(3 ratings)

Raid the storecupboard and knock up this tomato-based Italian pasta supper in twenty minutes.
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Udon noodle soup

3.875

(10 ratings)

A Japanese-inspired teriyaki udon broth with chestnut mushrooms and spinach. A nourishing and light supper
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

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