In terms of your monthly expenditure food is probably where you spend the most money, but what if you want to cut down your food bill and you’re on a budget?
Here are some cheap and cheerful recipes and tips for feeding yourself on a budget.
Corned beef hash
This is a truly British dish and is referred back to Northern England. It was made popular in World War Two when the introduction of rationing meant there was limited availability of meat, corned beef was the alternative. It’s much like sausage meat and is stored in a can so can be kept longer than fresh meat. Therefore corned beef hash is a simple, quick and cheap dinner that is easily likeable and can be kept as leftovers.
To make a corned beef hash you’ll need the corned beef; peeled, boiled and cubed potatoes; sliced onions; a dash of Worcestershire sauce and two tablespoons of oil. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, season well and then tip into a hot, oiled pan and flatten. Leave to cook until a crust forms round the outside of the pancake then flip over, then cook for another five minutes. Cut into slices and serve. The whole thing shouldn’t take you longer than 20 minutes and won’t cost any more than £10 (an will easily happily serve at least four people).
Another meal perfect for feeding your family on a budget is a simple turkey curry. Turkey isn’t usually a considered dinner option unless it’s close to Christmas or thanksgiving despite being healthier and cheaper than chicken and most other meats. A curry is a perfectly balanced meal and can be healthy and cheap if cooked properly and with the right ingredients. You don’t even need to follow a recipe, the best curries are ingredients that are just thrown together.
However a Rogan Josh is easy and very very cheap to make as most of the ingredients you will have in your cupboard. Get yourself some sliced turkey breast, tomato purée, greek yoghurt, onions, fresh coriander and garlic, bung it all in a pot with a glug of oil.
Add a selection of spices from you cupboard (ginger, paprika, cardamom, cinnamon and curry powder work well together). Leave to simmer until the turkey and onion are cooked and the sauce has thickened.
Serve with rice or even just a pita bread to mop up the sauce.
A tip for saving money on your food include shopping late at night, an hour before the shop closes. This way you’ve have your pick of the reduced items including cooked meats, bread, herbs and plenty of vegetables. Also, watch out for ‘organic’ vegetables which are usually double the price of normal vegetables and to be honest, don’t last as long.
Do you have any tips for making your food and wallet go further? Share them in the comments below.