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Summer budget recipes

41 Recipes
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Save some cash this summer with our top selection of affordable meals. These cheap recipes include fresh salads, light pasta, burgers and fruity puddings.

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  • Sticky chicken drumsticks & sesame rice salad

    Sticky chicken drumsticks & sesame rice salad

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.12 ratings

    This recipe makes a wonderful dinner or lunch on the go. Make sure to chill the rice and chicken as soon as they're cool, then pack into containers

  • Halloumi & watermelon bulgur salad

    Halloumi & watermelon bulgur salad

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.17 ratings

    A satisfying vegetarian salad of contrasting flavours and textures. The salty cheese is cooled by crisp, sweet watermelon

  • Chipotle chicken & slaw served on a tray

    Chipotle chicken & slaw

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.21 ratings

    Enjoy our hot and spicy chicken drumsticks with homemade slaw on the side for a healthy and low calorie supper. Serve with steamed corn on the cob

  • Pork souvlaki served on a plate

    Pork souvlaki

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.47 ratings

    Serve our speedy pork souvlaki skewers when you’re in need of a quick and easy midweek meal. Serve with flatbreads and yogurt and chilli sauces on the side

  • Summer fish stew

    Summer fish stew

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.16 ratings

    This storecupboard fish stew is bulked out with bread and is full of fresh, summer flavours

  • Lemon curd, mascarpone & passion fruit tart served on a board

    Lemon curd, mascarpone & passion fruit tart

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.9 ratings

    Serve this vibrant lemon curd and passion fruit tart as an easy dessert or sweet treat. Its tropical flavours make it perfect for summer

  • Lemon curd & orange cake cut into slices

    Lemon curd & orange cake

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.23 ratings

    Enjoy a slice of lemon curd and orange cake for elevenses or afternoon tea. Top with flaked almonds and lemon zest and serve with a cuppa

  • Coconut & mango sponge

    Coconut & mango sponge

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.42 ratings

    This thrifty traybake sponge used canned fruit and coconut yogurt. Cut into squares and serve up at a party or cake sale

  • Broccoli pesto & pancetta pasta in a bowl

    Broccoli pesto & pancetta pasta

    A star rating of 3.7 out of 5.53 ratings

    Serve this healthy bowl of pasta topped with cherry tomatoes for a quick and easy midweek meal. It's tossed with broccoli pesto, and takes just 25 minutes to make

  • Falafel burgers in a pitta bread with salsa

    Falafel burgers

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.696 ratings

    A healthy burger that's filling too. These are great for anyone after a satisfying bite low in calories.

  • A plate of griddled vegetables including tomatoes, courgettes, peppers and aubergine

    Griddled vegetables with melting aubergines

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.7 ratings

    Pack all five of your 5-a-day into one healthy vegan dish. Flavoured with garlic, lemon and herbs, it's delicious griddled on the hob or cooked on the barbecue

  • Sticky ribs with roast potato salad

    Sticky ribs with roast potato salad

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.11 ratings

    When the kids have friends over, this stack of ribs and spuds is a cheap, crowd-pleasing, prepare-ahead option

  • Tortillas with vegetables and salsa on board with spoon

    Easy vegan tacos

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.17 ratings

    Make these tasty vegan tacos with a smoky-sweet salsa and pack in all of your 5-a-day in one meal. Kiwi brings a moreish, fruity dimension to the salsa

  • Roasted summer veg & pancetta pasta

    Roasted summer veg & pancetta pasta

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.8 ratings

    Roast up courgettes and aubergines with plenty of garlic then serve with penne, crispy bacon, sweet basil and lots of cheese

  • Masala frittata with avocado salsa

    Masala frittata with avocado salsa

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.40 ratings

    A spicy twist on a simple frittata recipe, with Masala paste, coriander and plump cherry tomatoes. Pair it with our avocado salsa for a light and budget-friendly supper

  • Porridge with blueberry compote

    Porridge with blueberry compote

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.32 ratings

    Top high-fibre porridge oats with creamy Greek yogurt and healthy blueberries – buy frozen to help cut the cost of this filling breakfast

  • Apricot shortbread

    Apricot shortbread

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.9 ratings

    Give homemade biscuits a fruity spin by sandwiching a layer of apricots in between two layers of buttery tray-baked shortbread

  • Sticky sesame chicken & corn with slaw

    Sticky sesame chicken & corn with slaw

    A star rating of 3.1 out of 5.9 ratings

    Roast cheap chicken wings and frozen corn cobs with honey, peanut butter and sesame seeds for perfect party food on a budget

  • Lemon & raspberry doughnut pudding served in a baking dish

    Lemon & raspberry doughnut pudding

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.13 ratings

    Expect requests for second helpings of this decadent dessert! Bake raspberry doughnuts with fresh custard, lemon curd and raspberries

  • Herby rice with roasted veg, chickpeas & halloumi

    Herby rice with roasted veg, chickpeas & halloumi

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.115 ratings

    Stir parsley pesto through brown rice and top with onions, peppers, courgettes and chunks of halloumi cheese for a filling vegetarian dinner

  • Smoky sweet potato & bean cakes with citrus salad

    Smoky sweet potato & bean cakes with citrus salad

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.44 ratings

    These storecupboard chipotle patties are not only thrifty, they count as four of your 5-a-day allowance of fruit and vegetables.

  • Chickpea & coriander burgers

    Chickpea & coriander burgers

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.162 ratings

    High in fibre, low in fat and counting as 2 of your 5-a-day, this tasty veggie burger delivers on every level

  • A lunchbox with ratatouille pasta salad with rocket

    Ratatouille pasta salad with rocket

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.5 ratings

    Use up leftover ratatouille to make a substantial vegetarian lunch that's quick to prepare and also super healthy, providing all five of your five-a-day

  • Chicken, squash & pesto lasagne

    Chicken, squash & pesto lasagne

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.105 ratings

    This alternative pasta bake is great for making in batches- assemble the layers of mascapone, chicken, basil and butternut then freeze or bake

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