Eating healthily when you are feeling a bit skint can be a challenge. When I am trying to focus on cutting our grocery bill, I tend towards using store cupboard ingredients. My week of frugal food for this week’s meal plan uses inexpensive but nutritious items such as frozen white fish (whatever is cheapest), pulses (in small quantities or they upset my IBS), lower cost meats like mince or pork fillets and vegetarian dishes.
We also eat a lot of soup, as it’s nutritious yet cheap and easy to make.
I always go through the fridge to make sure I incorporate any ingredients that are getting close to their use by date, or half used jars of anything. Meal planning helps us reduce food waste, as well as saving money. Here is my plan for another week of frugal food.
A week of frugal food
Salmon with vegetables plus new potatoes for Mr S. I will make a creamy lemon sauce to go alongside this.
Cheesy pork chops with roasted sweet potatoes and carrots. I am loving sweet potatoes at the moment and eating loads of them!
I will use one of the last Simply Cook mixes in the cupboard to make a halloumi salad. Simply Cook is brilliant to have in the cupboard for when you are lacking in inspiration.
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We have so many cans of chick peas in the cupboard, so I will make a cheap and cheerful chick pea curry. As we also still have loads of canned coconut milk, I will serve it with coconut rice.
This is a quick and comforting dinner and healthy too.
More of my favourite sweet potatoes, since I bought a large bag in Lidl! I will make a fish pie with a sweet potato topping and broccoli.
By the way, I discovered last week that if you download the Lidl app you can get £5 off a £25 spend, so I took advantage of that.
You also get money off vouchers and currently I can get a free Halloween doughnut. I won’t pop in specially, especially as it won’t be me that gets to eat it!
I bought a big pack of peppers last week, which I have yet to get round to using. So I will make stuffed peppers using cheese, rice and bacon, and serve this with a salad.
I am still working through the Lo-dough pizza bases I ordered online a couple of weeks back. They are good flattened slightly and used as a lunchtime wrap, I have discovered. However, we have mozzarella still so I will make pizzas, along with a winter carrot salad.
As the weather has turned so chilly, I think it is time for a nice warming casserole! I plan to make a large slow cooker Spanish chicken affair, using the rest of the peppers and tinned tomatoes, enough for Saturday too so that I don’t have to cook.
So that’s my week of frugal food ideas. What are you planning for this week?