Budget Meal Planner: 23 Meals You Can Make for under £5

Published: 02/07/2017 and written by Robert Rosen

Budget Meal Planner: 23 Meals You Can Make for under £5If you’re looking to save money around the house, there are plenty of ways you can do it – changing the way you do your food shop being one of them. To start saving money at home, take a look at these 23 meals you can make for under £5.

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1. A simple toad in the hole is a cheap meal, guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

meals for £5

2. For another cheap sausage dish, why not have a go at making a sausage casserole.

meals for £5

3. Pasta is a great dish which won’t eat into your weekly budget, but is certain to fill you up – this spaghetti carbonara is a great example.

meals for £5

4. Chicken is one of the cheapest meats you can buy, so make the most of it! For a little twist, try cooking your chicken in a lemon sauce.

meals for £5

5. For another delicious pasta dish, try this mushroom and bacon pasta.

meals for £5

6. When Halloween comes around, pumpkins are two a penny – so maybe give this pumpkin risotto recipe a try.

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7. Cottage pie is a deliciously cheap and filling dish, which doesn’t require too much cooking skill either.

meals for £5

8. Tuna pasta bake is another dish which doesn’t require too much cooking skill, and doesn’t cost a lot to make.

meals for £5

9. Instead of buying a burrito from a fast food joint, save some money by making your own at home.

meals for £5

10. A great cheap dish for when the colder weather arrives – a nice chilli con carne.

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11. Macaroni cheese is another stodgy, hearty dish which costs very little to make.

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12. This French onion soup recipe will certainly impress any guests.

meals for £5

13. Whether you make the sauce from scratch or buy it in a jar, spaghetti bolognese is a delicious, simple dish which won’t cost you much at all.

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14. With just a jar of sauce from the supermarket and a pack of chicken breasts, you can make a cheap chicken curry.

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15. Sausage and mash is another very simple, yet highly effective dish guaranteed to keep everyone happy.

meals for £5

16. Use cheap cuts of beef and left over veg to make this warming beef stew and dumplings.

meals for £5

17. Instead of buying pre-made burgers for the BBQ, try making your own instead.

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18. Spice up your salad with a little goat’s cheese.

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19. For another cheap chicken dish, add a little jerk seasoning. You can make your own seasoning, or buy a pot from your local supermarket.

meals for £5

20. Tagines are ideal for making delicious, impressive, cheap meals. Fill them with meat and vegetables then serve with a bowl of couscous.

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21. Mackerel is one of the cheapest fish you can buy, so why not grill it and serve with some jacket potatoes or rice?

meals for £5

22. Use cheap cuts of meat to make this warming winter Lancashire hotpot.

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23. To make your fish stretch a little further, make some fish cakes and serve with a light salad.

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* All recipes in this post are given as a guideline. While the ingredients in these recipes may come to more than £5, they can be adapted to be made cheaper.

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