Budget meals for when you're feeling the pinch

Budget meals

Towards the end of the month, the days seem to drag a bit towards pay day and the budget for groceries shrinks smaller and smaller.

Lots of our recipes are great to make when it's a few days before the bank balance is topped up, so here are some tips to make your change go further and some recipes that can help you do it.

The cheapest ingredients are things like tinned beans and fresh or frozen vegetable staples. Fortunately, these are also incredibly healthy and filling! Even the most modest ingredients can be transformed into a bowl of deliciousness when combined with our aromatic spice blends.

We used Tesco prices to get an estimate of cost for some of our favourite recipes, but you will probably could save a little more buy shopping around for the best prices in stores such as Aldi or Lidl.

  • Our Daal recipe is easy to make and leaves you feeling very full. It tallies up around £3.36 to make and feeds 4 people for dinner ~ for just 84p each!
  • These Beetroot Fritters are a great family meal (especially for a meat-free night!) and also freeze well as either batter or cooked fritters. This recipe actually makes around 30 fritters, so our family of 4 just eat half this amount with a fried egg and some veg, and freeze the rest for another night. At £2.30 to make this whole batch, that means you could get 8 portions for round 29p!
  • The Roast Aubergine Curry is a little more expensive but is so tasty and still great value, at £5.14 for the whole recipe, so just £1.30 per person!
  • Get those chickpeas in for added protein and to bulk out the meal! Both the Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry and Courgette & Chickpea Curry are packed with goodness, and come in at around just over £1 per person.
  • We love these Aloo Ki Tikki patties for a bite to start or as a snack. They would also work great as a side! For this recipe, it is around £2.34 to make, which means each patty is only 19p!
Another great money saver is to ditch that Friday night takeaway for a fakeaway, so be sure to check out our most popular Fakeaway recipes.

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