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Be a savvy chef with cost-saving family suppers

07 JANUARY 2013

As well as detoxes and new exercise regimes, the excesses of Christmas see us tighten our purse strings in January.

By being a savvy shopper and cook, you can make significant savings.

But being on a budget does not mean your meals have to be boring or unsatisfying, nor that you and your family should have to give up your favourites.

 

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Buying cheaper cuts of meat and seasonal fruit and vegetables will knock pounds off your weekly grocery bill.

Other ways to cut costs are to make to the most of your leftovers – roast chicken works wonderfully in a pie – and to plan your meals while checking what is already in the fridge so that you reduce wastage.

Our cost-conscious meals all cost less than £3 per head and do not scrimp on flavour or nutrition.

They are also easy to make and none of the recipes take much longer than half an hour. Washing up is kept to a minimum so they are perfect for a speedy midweek supper.

 

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For a zesty kick, try Spaghetti with Crab, Lemon, Chilli, Parsley and Radish Shavings. It is a really simple dish to make but looks and tastes beautifully fresh and that delicate picante bite from the chilli, plus the radish, gives it a nice edge. Just reduce the amount of chilli and it works really well for the whole family.

Lamb & Sweetfire® Beetroot Burgers with Feta look and taste like more of a luxury food than a money-saver. Beetroot and feta are a marriage made in food heaven, and they lend themselves to lamb. They are fun and easy to make and go brilliantly with a crunchy salad.

This Thai-style Chicken, Shitake and Tenderstem® Broccoli with Noodles and Coconut Broth sees a little go a long way. It is a colourful dish which will fill your kitchen with a punchy aroma – double up on the hot chilli garnish if you are feeling brave. You could also incorporate leftover chicken or pork.

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