Nacho Cheese Sauce

In April we had our honeymoon in Disneyland Paris as a family and it was amazing! The food wasn’t great though and it was very expensive. Breakfast, lunch and a snack was included in the price but all the meals for dinner were out of our price range. We found somewhere that sold hotdogs which was great because we thought it would be something the kids would actually eat, they were pretty cheap compared to other meals and we could all eat them on the go. I had a chilli hotdog which was smothered in nacho cheese sauce… It was one of the most amazing things I had tasted!

When we returned home I made it my mission to recreate it myself. My version turned out just as tasty and you can have it with so many different ways. We have had it on hotdogs, poured over nachos and as a dip for nacho chips.

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Mushroom and Pearl Barley Risotto

Risotto is such a comforting and warming meal but using arborio rice is completely unnecessary as it is quite expensive. I use pearl barley because it is such a cheap grain. In this recipe I used the dried mushrooms I received with my mushroom growing kit from GroCycle.

I have made this before with fresh mushrooms which also tastes just as delicious. This is a great recipe to make in your slow cooker.

Serves 4        Costs 27p per serving


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Hash Browns

You may be wondering why I’m doing such a simple recipe! Well not only were hash browns one of the first things I attempted to cook for my husband when we first met (massive fail, I didn’t put the eggs in and tried to cook them in the oven!), but they are also cheap to make.

The mixture and hash browns can be frozen if you don’t need them all at once!

Costs 9p each

Makes 12

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Baba Ganoush

For those of you who don’t know what baba ganoush is, it is a delicious smokey dip made from aubergines.

In our house, we have it with flat breads, naan bread and a selection of vegtable sticks to dip in it. You can also turn it into a meal by adding some meat, chickpeas or extra vegtables.

The traditional recipe for baba ganoush contains tahini but at £3 a jar…no thank you!

So, I hope you enjoy my budget version.

Serves 4-6

Costs 15p per serving

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Quick Refried Baked Beans

We love Mexican food in our house! Most dishes are quick and easy to prepare with so many different options. These refried beans are great as a side dish, dip with chips, in a burrito or my personal favourite, chimichangas.

They are typically made with pinto beans but I have used a can of baked beans as they are cheap and something that is always in my kitchen cupboard.

Cost 45p

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Store Cupboard Potato Curry

Your store cupboard contains some of the most important ingredients when it comes to cooking on a budget. You don’t have to have fresh or expensive ingredients to make a tasty home cooked meal and this potato curry proves it!

Tinned potatoes are a great thing to keep in your cupboard, not only are they cheap (12p), but you can either use them as the main element of a meal, like this curry or you could use them in a side dish such as potato salad or roasted.

My recipe for Homemade Naan Bread is a perfect side for this curry, all the ingredients can be found in your cupboard and fridge.

Serves 4       Costs 57p a serving

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Homemade Naan Bread

Do you ever get stuck in a rut of just buying something ready made from the shop instead of making it yourself? This is exactly what I have been doing with naan bread! When I found out they were incredibly cheap and easy to make, I haven’t brought any since.

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Banana and Oat Pancakes 

My children and I love these! They are a perfect way of using up any over ripe bananas, and you can also add additional ingredients like, dried fruits or spices to them. We have them for breakfast, lunch and even as a snack. I have served mine with runny honey and banana but my daughter recommends them with ice cream!

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Eva’s Yorkshire Puddings 

Yorkshire puddings are one of the easiest things to make once you know how. My mum taught me how to make them so I thought it’s about time I show Eva! There is plenty for children to do: weighing/sieving the flour, pouring the milk and, whisking the egg and mixture.

This is the same recipe I use for making pancakes and the batter for toad in the hole.

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Leftover Baked Potato Bar

At the end of the week I am always left with a few leftovers from lunches and dinners. This week I managed to picked up some baking potatoes that had been reduced to 5p, so I thought it would make a fun meal to combine them with the leftovers and a few extras. Both my kids loved being able to pick their own toppings and it was great not having waste any food!

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