Simple Chilli

Chilli con carne is some thing I remember my mum making for us all when we all lived at home. She even used to make it for me to put in the freezer when I was older. It’s simple comfort food suitable for all members of the family. It’s a simple and easy meal to make mostly with ingredients from the kitchen cupboard. Every one makes their chilli different so I thought I would share with you my recipe that all my family love.

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My Food Waste Journey

Did you know that the average household wastes around £470 worth of food and drink every year, even more for families? The most common reasons for throwing out food is that we cook too much or it gets left too long and spoils. As a budget cook, preventing food waste is high on my list of priorities. I go shopping weekly and buy exactly what I need for that week with the help of meal plans and a shopping list. Because I am on such a tight budget, if some thing goes to waste, I don’t have the luxury of buying any thing else. I make sure I eat before I go food shopping so I am not tempted to buy any thing that isn’t on the shopping list. Other wise, I would end up buying junk that just sits in the fridge or cupboard until it starts growing some other kind of life form! The only things I buy that aren’t on my shopping list are £2-5 worth of shopping for the food bank each week. You can also donate any thing in your cupboard which you are unlikely to use that is unused and in date.

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How to use a whole chicken for 4 meals

A big part of food shopping is remembering to live within your means. If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it! It’s tempting to get sucked into supermarket offers for things you don’t need just because it’s cheap. My advice is to write your shopping list with everything you need leading up to your weekly shop, also eat before you go. There is nothing worse than food shopping on an empty stomach!

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