June and July have been financially taxing months, with seven family birthdays, including my daughter’s 21st, a new car which had then to be taxed and insured, and our recent holiday to Wales. I had money put by for all of these things but now I have completely used up my reserve and need to start saving straight away. So I am tightening the belt!
Fortunately I have some language students booked in over the next six weeks and yesterday I sold 4 dresses in one day on eBay – kerching! It will all help but I need to stop any inessential spending and stretch the groceries as well. I always revert back to a few cheap and easy dinners when I am saving money. These are my top ten:
Jacket potatoes with tuna and salad or veg from the garden.
Omelettes filled with cheese and whatever is sitting in the fridge – I often have mushrooms or sweetcorn lurking that need to be used up.
Vegetable bake – again this uses up the veg in the fridge or freezer. I add cheese sauce to cooked veg, cover with cheese and breadcrumbs and stick it under the grill to brown, or I might stick some cooked sliced potatoes on top and out it in the oven.
Liver and bacon casserole. I enjoyed this Hairy Bikers one recently.
Sausages and mash – easy comfort food. I use Aldi sausages and serve with beans or peas.
Macaroni cheese. I will add bacon to this if I have any.
Red dragon pie from my old Vegetarian Kitchen cookbook by Sarah Brown. I found it online here. It’s not quite so quick so I would make this at the weekend rather than after work. It’s really tasty!
Smoky chicken and chick peas, recipe here.
Vegetable paella or risotto. This Slimming World one is nice.
What are your go to cheap and easy dinners?