Food should always be fun whatever the cost. Don’t fall into the trap of skimping on your enjoyment of food in the name of saving money! A healthy relationship with your meals is a key ingredient in leading a happy life. The great news is that you can have your cake and eat it too, as the saying goes. Great recipes don’t have to cost the earth.
The key is being brave and getting creative – most unneeded food costs come from premade meals and meat. Knowing a core list of basic recipes will see you good to go. You’ll be surprised at how much use you can happily get out of a short list!
Here’s a few firm favourites to get you going.
Party favourites without a doubt, these delicious snack suitable treats are hard to put down. They’re great for a range of different situations such as house parties and dinner events or even football games; the pretzel bite is versatile and very easy to enjoy and share.
A cheap purchase of dips of different kinds can take the flavour up a level and you can even get creative with your own twists on the dough recipe itself, such as a sweet variation with cinnamon and some sugar. Buying dough for these is perfectly fine if you can’t quite make it yourself, but you can save a lot of money on the already low cost by doing it all yourself. Be sure to do the alkaline step as it’ll make it have that signature pretzel taste.
Breadcrumb eggs and asparagus
A great recipe from a fantastic website. This is a very elegant meal that is unbelievably easy to put together. A blender will help you here but if you don’t own one you can alternatively chop up the bread finely with a sharp knife. Don’t be afraid of using budget eggs for this as the key is in the cooking. If you keep a close eye on the steaming stage of the meal you’ll be sure to get a perfect gooey centre on the yolk of the egg every time.
We recommend taking a further look at the overall site for some great suggestions that all come at low budget, as the site name implies. There’s a great variety of different meals ranging from breakfast and lunch through to larger dinner set pieces, all at rock bottom prices. There’s even a great focus on making use of local or seasonal ingredients to help your local providers and farmers. Great stuff.
Cheesy bean burritos
Who can say no to cheese and burritos?! Beans and wraps are one of the best themes out there for seriously low price meals that are irresistibly moreish. They’re true comfort foods and beans are a fantastic source of nutrition and protein – a healthy meal with a wonderful dose of healthy fats from the cheese topping.
The spice fiends among us can top up the chili notes with an extra teaspoon or so depending on your preference. It’s also the easiest thing in the world to throw in your own favourite vegetables to the mix to help bulk out the size of the burritos without breaking the calorie bank.
We of course love the extra sour cream and cheese, but if you’re working on your waistline feel free to take these out. You’ll be left with a tasty and seriously healthy meal for all to enjoy.
Chicken stove pie
Pie. Enough said! While it’s an expensive purchase from a shop or restaurant the pleasant news is that this is a very low cost comfort food recipe which isn’t too complicated to make. If you’re feeding several people a single medium sized chicken is a great amount of filling – for the amount of food it gives the price is very reasonable indeed.
Biscuits are a fantastic addition to the pie, as the recipe suggests. Don’t worry too much about buying the buttermilk variety if it costs too much as the core of the idea is to have a spongy side item to mop up the delicious sauce from the pie with.
Simple. This one is a short recipe that is mainly about preparation of the vegetables. It’s of course great for the veggies out there but still tastes amazing to us carnivores as well. It’s also just about the cheapest recipe out there and extra portions are easily stored in the freezer for later use – convenient and mouth-watering.
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