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Thrifty recipes to help you keep cooking costs down. Try our budget-friendly salads, jacket potatoes or wraps for lunch, and our curries, pasta and pizza for dinner.

For seven days of family-focussed budget meals try our budget family meal plan or explore budget vegetarian recipes, budget vegan recipes and student recipes

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  • One-pan spaghetti with meatballs

    One-pan pasta

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.9 ratings

    Save on washing up with this easy and quick one-pan spaghetti dish with meatballs and a tomato sauce. It's both healthy and low in calories

  • Two plates of fish curry alongside a pan with rice and lime wedges

    Coconut fish curry & rice

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.4 ratings

    Cook this flavour-packed coconut fish curry in just 30 minutes for a speedy meal. For a dose of sour use lime juice or tamarind paste if you have it to hand

  • Jacket potato with whipped feta & sumac

    Jacket potato with whipped feta & sumac

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.33 ratings

    The perfect budget-friendly, filling supper for one. The fragrant, zesty flavour of sumac is a refreshing contrast to the creamy whipped feta

  • Three bowls of pasta with broccoli, sausage and parmesan

    Sausage & broccoli pasta with cheese

    A star rating of 3 out of 5.2 ratings

    Get this sausage and broccoli pasta on the table in just 25 minutes. Add fennel seeds if you have them or look for sausages with fennel

  • Sausage ragu served in a casserole dish

    Sausage ragu

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.353 ratings

    Feed the family this comforting, budget-friendly sausage ragu with pasta. You can freeze the leftovers for another time and it tastes just as good

  • A platter and plate of rice with courgette, chickpeas, herbs and lemon wedges

    Chickpea & courgette pilaf

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Make our pilaf with lemon, courgette and chickpeas for an easy vegetarian midweek meal. Flavour with cinnamon, cumin and coriander if you have them in your storecupboard

  • 4 frozen banana lollies decorated with chocolate, hundreds and thousands and strawberries

    Frozen banana lollies

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

    Make for kids and big kids, too! These banana lollies with chocolate, hundreds and thousands and strawberries are great for a party or after-school treat

  • A platter of spring onion and sweetcorn fritters with lemon wedges and soured cream

    Tuna, spring onion & sweetcorn fritters

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Make these easy tuna, sweetcorn and spring onion fritters for a family-friendly meal. They're versatile and can be served for brunch, lunch or dinner

  • Easy crêpes in a frying pan

    Easy crêpes

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.47 ratings

    Use this easy crêpe mix to make sweet or savoury pancakes. There's enough batter to make a main course and dessert for a family of four.

  • Orzo tomato soup with pesto in bowl

    Tomato & pasta soup

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.64 ratings

    Make our simple, budget-friendly tomato, pasta and chickpea soup in just 30 minutes. This easy, vegetarian family meal is healthy and even low fat

  • Two plates with beans and cheese on toast

    Turbo beans & cheese on toast

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Make an elevated version of beans on toast using your favourite beans, plus tomatoes, garlic and chilli – they're great topped with cheese

  • Buddha bowl salad served in a bowl

    Vegan salad bowl

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.1 rating

    Whip up an easy vegan salad, with beans, radish, pickled cabbage and couscous. Bursting with flavour, it makes a satisfying dinner or lunch on the go

  • A pot and two plates of beef stir-fry on noodles, next to a glass and peanuts

    Stir-fried beef with ginger

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Forget a takeaway – make this beef and green pepper stir-fry with fragrant lemongrass and ginger instead. Marinate the beef while you prep the other ingredients

  • Beetroot & feta pasta served in 2 bowls

    Beetroot & feta pasta

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.5 ratings

    Bring colour to your dinner table with our creamy beetroot and feta pasta. Packed with nutrients, it's a satisfying veggie lunch or supper for the family

  • Three bowls of cream with apple and ginger biscuits

    Vanilla, apple & ginger biscuit fool

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Impress guests with these apple and ginger fools for dessert. Made using just four simple ingredients, they're quick and easy

  • Sticky Chinese chicken traybake

    Sticky Chinese five-spice chicken traybake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.172 ratings

    Flavoured with honey, hoisin sauce and Chinese five-spice, this one-pan chicken dish makes a cheap and easy midweek family meal

  • Gnocchi cacio e pepe served in bowls

    Gnocchi cacio e pepe

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.24 ratings

    Enjoy a comforting bowl of gnocchi with parmesan and black pepper. It's simple but utterly delicious – and the best part is, it only takes seven minutes to make

  • Carrot pilaf on a plate with coriander chutney alongside

    Carrot pilaf with coriander chutney

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.13 ratings

    Try this healthy pilaf filled for an easy midweek meal. With cashew nuts, veg and spices, it's not only tasty but budget-friendly too. Top with coriander chutney

  • A serving of chipotle chickpeas with aubergine & pitta

    Chipotle chickpeas with aubergine & pitta

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    Give chickpeas and aubergine a spicy kick with chipotle. Serve on top of pittas with tahini and crème fraîche and finish with lime wedges and coriander

  • Spinach falafel & hummus bowl

    Spinach falafel & hummus bowl

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.4 ratings

    Make this easy vegan salad bowl, with homemade spinach falafels and hummus served alongside pitta and salad. It's packed with nutrients for a healthy supper

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