Happy New Year!
It’s January. The celebrations are over and it’s back to normality. No more over-indulging. In fact probably a bit of under-indulging wouldn’t go amiss in this household – so it’s back to budget menu planning with a bump!
I haven’t posted menu plans (or anything much) for a while leading up to Christmas. We had a bit of illness in the family over the last few weeks so there hasn’t been a lot of time, but fortunately everyone is now recovering well. But I feel I owe you an update on my aim to have a whole month of meals for less than a fiver.
To be honest I wasn’t quite sure that I would manage it without repeating meals several times, but we did manage four week’s worth of low cost meals, without having to compromise on taste – and without the family noticing (apart from the coley kurma disaster!). I need to catch up on recipes, but I’ll try to gradually publish the menu plans together with accompanying recipes in the next few weeks.
Keeping below £5 for the whole main course (including side dishes and vegetables) can be a bit of a challenge and it has made me look closer at using more vegetables, more pulses and estimating portion sizes better.
And I’ve found some great new recipes
- Favourite recipe: Roast tomato and feta tart
- Tastiest Quick new recipe: Smoked Mackerel Fishcakes
- Easiest one-pot dish: Roast sausages with red onion and peppers
- Super-quick recipe: Pasta with tomato and creme fraiche sauce
If you want to see the individual menu plans with recipe links here they are: