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When you need to stretch you money then you need some cheap meals ready to go with minimal effort.
It is about balance though. You want to create cheap and easy meals but without the loss of quality. Therefore, I like to keep a few recipes in the back of mind for flexible mealtimes that the whole family will eat.
Each of these meals can be made for less than £1 per person. But if you are adding more expensive ingredient then naturally this is going to push the price up.
Use what you have in your fridge and cupboards to make these staples into delicious family meals. With a little creativity, you can eat well for next to nothing.
It is a rare day when we don’t have pasta in our house. Our kids love it and will eat for all and any meal so we make sure that we never run out.
You can create a variety of pasta bakes from a range of sauces. The favourites in our house are pesto, tomato and cheese.
Pesto we buy in large pots to reduce the price. You can make it yourself, but after you have bought all the cheese and pine nuts in pushes the price up.
Tomato sauces only require a tub of passata and a few herbs and spices from the cupboard or garden. Add a sprinkle of sugar if you want it extra delicious.
Again you can pick up rice really cheap, especially if you buy in bulk. We also have some indoors because you can create a range of tasty meals with it.
You can make fried rice by boiling rice accordingly to the instructions then frying in off in a little oil once cooked.
Add in some fried veggies or meat with a splash of soy sauce to make it extra tasty. If you want egg fried rice, then crack an egg into the frying pan and stir until cooked.
I love jacket potatoes. You can add whatever toppings you like to them and everybody can choose their own. Everyone has a dinner they want.
You don’t even need to worry about getting specific jacket potatoes from the supermarket. You can buy the cheap ones just make sure that they are a good size.
Another top tip to reduce cooking time (and save money) is to cook your potatoes on a metal skewer. It will take 15-20 minutes off the cooking time.
Egg, chips and beans
Another favourite in our house and one that we nearly always have to hand is egg, chips and beans. We always buy cheap frozen chips in large bags and have a few tins of beans for emergencies.
This is a great one for a Friday night, when you want a minimal effort meal that is going to get everyone’s approval.
What are your family favourites?
Share the cheap meals that you cook for your family. How much do they cost? Are they easy to cook? Let me know below.
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