Cheap Eats

Finding ways to feed your family cheaply is really important, and cooking from scratch each night can seriously improve your health and your finances.

Thinking of ideas can be hard though, so I wanted to do some of the work for you. Simply copy the shopping lists for each week, follow my recipe ideas and you can feed your family for under £50 per week.

The meals are ones I’ve cooked for us – so will serve 2 for dinner with leftovers for lunch the next day. However, you could easily increase the amount of fish/meat where necessary to feed a family of 4 with minimal extra cost.

Please note I’ve included fresh herbs in the shopping list but not dried herbs and spices and oils (and other basic store cupboard ingredients) – so bear in mind if you need to stock up on these it will cost you a little more.

Getting a veg box is often a great way of cutting the costs, so this is worth considering.


Week 1

Shopping list

menu 1


Curried Rack of Lamb with Pilau Rice – a delicious twist on Sunday lunch, but quick enough to make any night of the week! An impressive treat whatever day it is.


Pan Fried Cod with Luxury Peas and Baby Potatoes – Posh fish, chips and mushy peas! Lovely when you fancy something a little classy.


Vegetable Chilli – Seriously healthy, vegetarian and packed full of good things – but still a wonderfully tasty Winter warmer!


Chicken Casserole with Parsley Dumplings – Another winter warmer, a crowd pleaser and a cockle warmer!


Honey Mustard Glazed Pork Chop with Mac ‘n’ Cheese and Sweetcorn – Southern USA inspired and just delicious! Food for the soul.

All of these recipes for just over £40! Why not share your cheap and cheerful recipe in the comments section.


14 thoughts on “Cheap Eats

  1. Sylvia January 11, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    I love budget recipes and often plan my meals for a week so to avoid wasting food/time/money 🙂


    • harrietyoung38 January 11, 2015 / 1:19 pm

      It makes so much sense doesn’t it! What’s your favourite budget friendly dish?


      • Sylvia January 11, 2015 / 2:03 pm

        Probably all pasta bakes 🙂


        • harrietyoung38 January 11, 2015 / 2:08 pm

          What a coincidence! I’m making one for dinner today, it will be on the blog later on.


          • Sylvia January 11, 2015 / 3:03 pm

            Superb! I’ll have a look 🙂 I’m making roasted carrots, garlic and sweet potato soup with spicy harrisa and roasted chickpeas instead of croutons 🙂


  2. nerakc1 February 10, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    This is a great idea to share, thank you.


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