Busy week ahead? You can eat well even when you’re in a hurry with our week’s worth of simple, delicious, affordable meals for two – all for only £35.
For many people, cooking a well-balanced range of meals from scratch often feels unachievable, with the pressure of busy schedules and rising food costs. But with a bit of forward planning and clever use of ingredients, we believe it’s possible to make a range of low-cost, nourishing meals to enjoy every night of the week.
For a budget of only £35, we’ve put together a seven-day menu of satisfying and scrumptious suppers or lunches to serve two people. You might even have some leftovers!
We've provided a handy shopping list to get you started, based on prices from a range of supermarkets. Please note the £35 total does not include a few storecupboard and fridge ingredients, which are listed below.
Your shopping list:
From your kitchen: olive oil, butter, plain flour, malt vinegar, oregano, garam masala, salt and pepper
|Fruit & veg:||Eggs & dairy:||Meat & fish:||Other:|
|2 red onions||6 eggs|
4 boneless and
|400g can cherry tomatoes|
|1 aubergine||500g plain yogurt||2 salmon fillets||250g mixed grain pouch|
|1 bulb garlic||1 litre whole milk||250g fillet steak||250g pouch spicy Mexican rice|
|2 heads broccoli||200g vegetarian|
hard cheese or parmesan
|500g pasta shells|
|500g new potatoes||1 loaf crusty bread|
|4 lemons||1 jar roasted red peppers|
|large pack parsley||1 pack stuffed green olives|
|small pack basil||1 sachet fajita seasoning|
|small pack mint||1 small jar capers|
|150g pack rocket||1 small bag toasted pine nuts|
|150g bag mixed salad||200g ground almonds|
|500g frozen peas||1 jar tartare sauce|
Check out our week of easy meals:
After a long day at work, this rich and flavoursome Sicilian veggie stew is a welcome culinary comfort which you can have on the table in under 30 minutes. With smoky aubergines, sweet tomatoes, punchy capers and fragrant herbs, this simple dish truly maximises on taste. Serve with warmed crusty bread.
Pea & pasta frittata
Make the most of leftovers in our easy pea and pasta shell frittata, flavoured with fresh mint and parmesan. Ready in only 20 minutes, this is a reliable and cheap midweek meal you'll return to again and again. It also keeps well and makes a tasty lunchbox meal for the next day.
Fish, mash & peas
Want something different to battered cod from the local chippie? Try coating salmon in a tasty breadcrumb, garlic and parsley crust, served on a dollop of mash and peas. This is ultimate comfort food for busy weeknights.
Steak burrito bowl
Short on time? Stir up this spicy steak and rice burrito bowl in just 10 minutes. Use a sachet of fajita seasoning for an easy flavour boost.
Crispy broccoli salad
Try a new way with broccoli by coating it in spiced ground almonds and roasting for a wonderfully crispy texture. Serve in a fresh salad with mixed grains, mint and rocket.
Broccoli pasta shells
Elevate a typical pasta and pesto dish by making our healthier version with homemade lemony pesto and broccoli. Whipping up your own delicious pesto is suprisingly easy – it's also lower in salt than most shop-bought jars. This recipe serves four people, but is freezable so you can keep leftovers for another day.
Chicken & crispy capers with new potatoes
Get out the frying pan and stir up a super-satisfying and substantial meal that won't break the bank. The winning combination of crispy capers, chicken thighs, new potatoes and stuffed olives will leave you wanting seconds. Finish off with a sprinkling of zingy lemon zest and fragrant parsley.
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Prices are accurate for a range of supermarkets in May 2018.