Help To Cut Your Shopping Bill
Here is week two in this occasional series of weekly meal plans. I hope you find it useful to eat well and cut down your shopping bill. These recipes are easy to prepare, but they are even easier if you get a member of your family to help you prepare. Whether its weighting something out, or peeling and chopping or even laying the table in preparation for the meal, there is usually something every member of the family can do – and it means you have more time and attention to give to the cooking. It will probably also mean less stress for you.
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What would you like to see – Shopping lists? Lunch ideas? Shopping Tips? More information on locally sourced food? Or something else? I would really love to hear from you so I can work on providing a helpful service that people want. Perhaps you would like an EBook of my recipes to download (for a small fee).
I want to be as helpful as I can in saving you money. Remember you food bill will be your biggest household outlay after your mortgage and rent. It may even be more. It pays to plan and budget to help you get great food for the lowest cost.
Meal Plan Prices
Costs for each meal are approximate as prices vary and will also depend on the quality you buy. The prices are based on good quality ingredients, and those that are free range / fair trade / organic where possible.
I always recommend buying your food in local shops or market stalls, rather than supermarkets where possible as they are often much cheaper. Eggs can be as much as 50p-60p less, for half a dozen
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If you have any favourite, easy and low cost recipes you would like to share, I would love to hear from you.
Use up any leftover chicken and vegetables from the weekend.
Total Cost £2-£4 – depending on how much leftover chicken you have
Sausage And Tomato Pasta
Hearty meal to feed hungry people, simple to prepare. Can be made to suit both vegetarians and meat eaters
Total Cost £3.50
Jacket Potatoes With Leek And Chicken
Make the most of seasonal leeks to jazz up jacket potatoes
Total Cost £5
Butternut squash are in season, nutty and sweet – lovely as a risotto ingredient
Total Cost £4.50
Creamy Blue Cheese Pasta
Really delicious, and so easy to prepare.
If you have any left over cheese and cream – make Cauliflower and Blue Cheese Soup for lunch on Saturday
Total Cost £2.50
Winter Lentil and Vegetable Casserole
Total cost £3-5 depending on the vegetables
Sunday lunch – serve with Roast Potatoes, parsnips and a green vegetable
Total cost £5
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