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Feed Your Family for Less: 10 Great Recipes under £1 per Head

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Feed Your Family for Less: 10 Great Recipes under £1 per Head

Good food doesn’t always meaning eating out. In fact, if you’re thrifty enough, it’s possible for all the family to enjoy a wholesome meal for less than £1 a head. That’s a dinner table full of food for less than cost of half a pint of lager! Impressive, eh?

Check out some of these fantastic recipes and feed your family for less.  

Spaghetti Carbonara

Classic carbonara is delicious and very simple to make. This recipe by Good to Know requires only five ingredients: pasta, bacon, eggs, garlic and Parmesan.

Serves 4-6 

Ingredients (from Asda):

·  500g spaghetti, 20p

·  155g Butcher's Selection smoked streaky bacon lardons, £1

·  6 mixed weight eggs, 89p

·  50g Castelli Pecorino Romano Fresh Grated, 90p

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Lemon & Raisin Pancakes

Pancakes are a great way to start the day and with this recipe from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen there are plenty to go around.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients (from Sainsbury’s):

·  200g self-raising flour, 50p (for 500g)

·  50g caster sugar, 45p (for 500g)

·  2 Basic eggs, 70p (for 6)

·  2 lemons, 70p

·  120g raisins, £2 (50p per bag)

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Beer-Battered Fish and Chips

Skip the takeaway and save yourself a few quid by enjoying this British favourite at home. If you follow this recipe from Good to Know, you might never visit the local Fish & Chip shop again.

Serves 4

Ingredients (from Asda):

·  368g frozen pollock portions, £1.75

·  1kg Smartprice British small potatoes, 69p

·  500ml Manns original brown ale, £1

·  2 x Smartprice mushy peas (300g), 32p (16p per tin)

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Strawberry Tarts

You’ve enjoyed the main meal, now you fancy something sweet. These strawberry tarts should do the trick.

Serves 4

Ingredients (from Tesco):

·  350g shortcrust pastry, £1.30

·  150ml double cream, 90p (for 300ml)

·  1 tbsp lemon curd, £50p (for 411g)

·  ½ punnet strawberries, £2.75 (for 600g)

·  2tbsp strawberry jam, 29p (for 454g)

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Chicken Mozzarella Pasta Bake

Pasta bake is a wholesome meal that can be cooked on a weekend and enjoyed all week. This fool-proof recipe by Student Eats will serve all the family and then some.

Serves 8

Ingredients (from Tesco):

·  375g diced chicken, £2.29

·  300g Value Pasta, 30p

·  Grated mozzarella, 47p

·  400g basil tomato sauce, 85p

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Pitta Bread Pizza

Make these pitta pizzas for lunch or supper. They’re super-easy and a great activity for the kids to join in with. If you follow this recipe by BBC Good Food, you’ll have plenty of ingredients left over to make more pizzas another time.

Serves 4

Ingredients (from Tesco):

·  Large pitta breads, 50p (for 6)

·  4 tbsp tomato puree, 50p (for 200g)

·  2 tsp mixed herb, 50p (for 14g)

·  6 slices salami, £1

·  50g cheddar, £130 (for 240g)

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Bacon and Sweetcorn Pie with Mash and Peas

This dish by Thrifty Lesley can be served up as a pie or steamed as a pudding. The ingredients can easily be changed too, if you fancy a change. Save the leftover ingredients for another day.

Serves 2-4

Ingredients (from Asda):

·  70g cooking bacon, 81p (for 500g)

·  50g chopped onion, 98p (for 1kg)

·  115g self-raising flour, 45p (for 1.5kg)

·  400g potatoes, £1.18 (for 2.5kg)

·  160g peas, 98p (for 1kg)

·  55ml vegetable oil, £1.25 (for 1l)

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Granola

Granola is a great breakfast meal that is full of slow-release energy – a perfect way to start to the day! Including milk, one serving of granola will cost you just 14p!

Serves 12

Ingredients (from Asda):

·  350g raisins, 84p (for 500g)

·  200g sugar, 88p (for 1kg)

·  400ml vegetable oil, £125 (for 1l)

·  875g oats, 75p (for 1kg)

·  2 tsp vanilla, 80p (for 80ml)

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Tomato and Vegetable  Soup with Tortilla Chips

A nice bowl of soup is a great lunchtime meal. Packed with veg and adorned with tortillas, this recipe from the Daily Mirror’s Money team will go down a treat with all the family.

Serves 4

Ingredients (from Lidl):

·  Oaklands carrots (1kg), 49p, use one

·  Oaklands leeks (750g), 89p, use one

·  Oaklands mixed peppers (500g), 95p, use one green and one red

·  Crusti Croc Salted Tortilla Chips (300g), 95p, use 60g

·  Freshona Chopped Tomatoes (400g), 31p, use two cans (62p)

From the cupboard:

·  200g double concentrated tomato pure

·  50g hot paprika powder

·  500ml vegetable stock

·  1 tbsp olive oil

·  Salt

·  2 tsp sugar

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Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken stir fry is quick and simple to make and goes well with any leftover veg that needs using up. Another great recipe from the huge catalogue at Thrifty Lesley, costing just 81p a serving.

Serves 2-4

Ingredients (from Asda):

·  120g cooked chicken, 680g meat gleaned from a 1.3kg bird, £3.22

·  200g egg noodles, £1.86 (for 500g)

·  15ml veg oil, £1.25 (for 1l)

·  100g beansprouts, 50p (for 360g)

·  15ml soy sauce, 59p (for 150ml)

·  15ml sweet chilli sauce, £1 (for 150ml)

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Good food doesn’t always meaning eating out. In fact, if you’re thrifty enough, it’s possible for all the family to enjoy a wholesome meal for less than £1 a head. That’s a dinner table full of food for less than cost of half a pint of lager! Impressive, eh? Check out some of these fantastic recipes and feed your family for less.