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What’s your favourite thrifty recipe?

Food is something we all have to spend money on, in one way or another. For some of us it could be balancing the budget of a large family every week, for others it’s keeping things interesting when you live by yourself. Either way, there are ways you can make it cheaper.

For me, the main thing is to cook in bulk and freeze. When I’m coming home from work sometimes the last thing I feel like doing is cooking – but knowing I can grab something from the freezer and have a piping hot meal in five minutes makes all the difference.

Myself and my boyfriend are also big red meat eaters, but with lots of meals you can’t tell the difference if you swap out the meat. Vegetarian chilli with sweet potato is my favourite – about £2.00 per portion and a staple that I now use when friends come around.

But there are lots of people that do it better than me. Here are some other ideas you might want to try, led by Kelly who runs the blog Reduced Grub.

Try dinner for cheaper tonight

Reduced Grub says “My two favourite recipes are my chicken kebab and paella.

The chicken kebab  (£2.00 in total for 4 portions) reminds me of our time living in Turkey. It's a simple dish yet colourful, full of flavour and easy to make.

My second best dish is the Paella (£1.25 per portion) as its a great social meal, every mouthful is a surprise and it makes the house smell fantastic.”

Likely to have leftovers after tomorrow’s Sunday roast? Blogger Frugal Queen has some ways to make those leftovers stretch more than the odd sandwich.

“Wait for your roast chicken to go cold and strip all the meat off the bone by pulling it off with your finger, combine with any leftover veggies and roasties and add a jar of value curry sauce and bring to the boil and then simmer for ten minutes and serve with rice.

Another way to use up the chicken is to combine it with a tin of carrot, a tin of sweetcorn and some cheese sauce (something you can keep in stock as a sachet and just add boiling water) and serve with mash and greens or use as a pie filling.”

Thrifty Lesley adds “I have learned how to make a few Indian dishes, Chinese and Italian and saved a mint.  I've made Dahl Sambar for 31p a portion, Peanut Sauced Noodles for 23p and Spaghetti Carbonara for 41p, for example.  Not that I’m biased, but I think they’re nicer too!”

Do you have your own ideas to make cheaper meals?

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