…with value own-brand food

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I’m a big fan of supermarket own brand value food if it is made in the same factory and tastes the same.

Tastes the same

  • Pasta (fave is Morrisons)
  • Bread (fave is Asda)
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Flour
  • Gravy
  • Stock
  • Fresh meat (fave is Tescos)
  • Pies
  • Fruit
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Juice
  • Squash
  • Biscuits
  • Ice cream
  • Eggs (careful with caged or free range)
  • Yogurt
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Spices
  • Vegetables

Avoid

  • Tomato Ketchup
  • Salad Cream
  • Mayo
  • Cheese
  • Frozen meat
  • Cereal
  • Crisps
  • Coffee

Check out Supermarket Own Brand Guide for more information.

…with breakfasts

Breakfasts can be so boring so make sure you liven them up with some interesting recipes. Here’s my faves.

Quick Breakfasts

THE BEST AMAZING Peanut Butter Overnight Oats! Just 5 ingredients, 5 minutes prep and SO delicious! #vegan #recipe #glutenfree #meal #breakfast #oats #oatmealThis easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl is a simple and sweet treat! It's a healthy Paleo + vegan breakfast or snack made with only a few ingredients, and you can add whichever toppings your heart desires to customize to your tastes.chocolate-porridge-recipe549_1_1436890436

Weekend Breakfasts

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…with corned beef cobbler

Corned beef cobbler is hearty, delicious and best of all – cheap to make. An old-fashioned recipe perfect for a rainy day dinner. This recipe is so simple and feeds 4 for a total cost of £3.50!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tin of corned beef
  • 2tbsp of beef gravy granules
  • 200ml of boiling water
  • (Optional: 1tbsp of Worcestershire sauce, 1tbsp of tomato ketchup and 1tbsp of soy sauce)
  • 100g of self-raising flour
  • 50g of suet
  • 4 tbsp of cold water

Pour gravy granules in a oven dish, add boiling water and stir. Slice corned beef and lay flat in gravy. Add sauces and seasoning if available. Mix flour and suet together and add cold water until it becomes sticky. Roll suet mix into five flat circular cobbles and lay on top of corned beef. Cook in oven for 20 minutes at 180C when the cobbles will be crisp on top. Enjoy!

 

 

 

…with packed lunches

I HATE sandwiches. My dad would make me one everyday through my entire school life and they were always squashed, warm and boring. However I still need to take a packed lunch with me to work so here are some of the sandwich alternatives I have been loving. Another thing that makes me look forward to lunch is a cute Cath Kidson lunch bag and grown-up funky lunchboxes from Sistema.

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Cheese and Crackers – My fave! Mature cheddar with water biscuits or cornish wafers. Or cottage cheese and Ryvita!

Sausage Rolls – a picnic selection with scotch eggs or cocktail sausages.

Salads – be creative with crunchy cucumber, peppers, tomatoes, feta etc.

Humous Dips – with carrot or toasted pitta

Potato Salad – crushed with fresh salad cream and black pepper

Pasta – mixed with roasted tomatoes or cheese

Cous Cous – lemon and corriander or roasted veg

Soup – whatever your favourite!

Leftovers – always a treat

Yum Yum!

…with borrowed recipes

To spice up my meals and snacks I’m on Pinterest daily looking for new ideas. Some fail, some succeed. Here are my five newest successes that I have made over and over since I found them:

Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas | DizzyBusyandHungry.com - Quick and easy recipe for overripe bananas, perfect for a special breakfast or an afternoon snack!

Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas

So, so easy! Use those brown bananas which you would otherwise chuck!

Healthy Sugar-Free Cookies: No-Bake Chocolate Oat Cookies

Sugar Free Chocolate Oak Cookies

SUGAR FREE!! Can you believe it! These are incredible.

Korean Beef

Now serving this weekly it is so delicious.

One-Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake | FiveHeartHome.com

One Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

So tasty I’m dreaming of it most nights.

Pancake Squares

Your Sunday mornings will never be the same again.

Thank you SO much for these recipes.

…with food shopping

You won’t believe this but since 2011 I have spent no more than £25 a week on food shopping. This covers 18 meals for the two of us. It started when we were at university being really strict and now the money-saving habits have just stuck. We usually eat out once a week too either at restaurants or families. Here are my top tips:

Choose your supermarket wisely

I honestly believe ASDA is the cheapest place to food shop but since working full-time we have enjoyed doing click and collect at Tesco’s because it’s free. Unfortunately last year they rose the minimum spend to £40 so now we do fortnightly shops of £50. I preferred doing weekly shops as food is fresher. Make sure you use Tesco clubcard or ASDA price guarantee for extra bonuses.

Plan and make lists

We ALWAYS do a list. We work out how many breakfasts, packed lunches and dinners we need and on busy days quicker recipes, plan our meals (we keep a list of our 50 fave meals on the fridge) and buy only those ingredients. We keep an All Out Of List on the fridge too, to keep a running list and make sure we don’t forget anything.

Choose value

Don’t be embarrassed to buy own brand value stuff. Tesco’s have just changed their cheap value meat to Woodside Farm packaging and I bet it’s been more popular. Some things like ketchup, tomato soup, crisps and cereal are lesser quality and it’s worth paying for the brand but items like juice, squash, pitas, rice, biscuits and flour taste exactly the same! Perhaps I’ll do a blog post on my favourites?! I really like the value frying steak for Stroganoff etc and we can usually make it last two meals.

Make the most of your freezer

Always buy frozen veggies (especially peppers) as they last longer and I prefer frozen cooked chicken as it’s only £2 for four servings but maybe that’s because I’m lazy! We always freeze our bread too. If you were following our budget for one you would have double to freeze/fridge for another day.

And finally

Tinned tuna is always the cheapest fish so eat loads. We bulk out meals with pasta or potato sides. We never pay more than £2 for cheese as there is always a extra mature cheddar on half price special offer. We mix cheap fruit like bananas with cheap seasonal fruit (e.g. £1 nectarines) but we make sure we get two different types plus tinned for variety. Make sure you always carefully price compare each item on the shelves as special offers can be deceiving.

Happy shopping!