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Read about our new Cook Smart campaign, which brings together recipes, resources and ideas for how to eat well on a budget.

Rising food and energy costs mean that many of us are having to think extra carefully about how to get the most out of our budgets. To help with this challenge, BBC Good Food has developed Cook Smart, a supportive campaign bringing together knowledge and ideas on how to help everyone eat well on a budget.


We calculate a budget meal at a cost of £1.50 or less per serving for ingredients used, however the price of many ingredients is constantly fluctuating. You may have to spend a little more if you need to restock staples such as cooking oil, flour or a new pot of spices, but you will use these up over time and we will give you ideas for how to do this. You may also have access to markets and local shops that offer savings.

Cook Smart also explores the best energy-efficient cooking methods such as hob cooking and microwaving, as well as using slow cookers, multi cookers and pressure cookers.

We’d love for you to share your tips and ideas, too, so that together we can support each other and cook smart.

Spinach falafel bowl with houmous and Cook Smart logo

Cook Smart recipes and ideas

Budget recipes

Budget family meal plan

Vegetarian budget meal plan

Microwave recipes

Slow cooker recipes

How to use a pressure cooker

What foods can I freeze?


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We’d love to hear what you’d like to see more of, or anything we can do differently and any other ways we can help, by using the hashtags #GFcooksmart, #AskGoodFood or via email on

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