Blog Posts - Cooking On A Budget



Chunky Ratatouille and Pasta

    This healthy recipe is fantastic for keeping up your veg intake and takes very little time to prepare. At about £8 for all the ingredients, it works out at approximately 70 pence per person. Serves 10-12 Ingredients: 2 medium onions 4...
by Larger Family Life on Nov 4, 2013

Slow Cooker Vegetable Casserole with Dumplings

    This is another recipe which can be thrown together in a matter of minutes in the morning, then left to slow cook all day, filling the house with a delicious, comforting aroma as it does so. Feel free to substitute any veg you don’...
by Larger Family Life on Nov 1, 2013

Chilli Con Carne and Rice

    Quick, easy, relatively cheap and also great with taco shells or wrapped in tortillas – this chilli recipe is a firm family favourite.   Serves 8-10   Ingredients: 500g lean minced beef 500ml tomato passata 1 x 440g tin...
by Larger Family Life on Oct 31, 2013

Creamy Leek and Potato Bake

    This may be rich and creamy and oh-so-bad for your hips but it’s downright delicious – especially on a cold winter’s day! Serves 10-12   Ingredients: 2 x 600ml Double Cream 2½ – 3kg King Edward or Maris Pip...
by Larger Family Life on Oct 30, 2013

Hearty Cottage Pie

    This is one of my favourite go-to meals when the weather turns. Depending how busy my day is set to be, I can prepare it early on in the morning, then back it in time for the evening meal. It can also be prepared and layered in a slow c...
by Larger Family Life on Oct 28, 2013

Cooking On A Budget - Shepherds Pie With A Twist

Shepherds Pie is always a good, hearty meal choice for feeding a large family on a budget. Usually I make it with mincemeat and carrots but sometimes for a change I replace the carrots with baked beans. It's a good alternative if you have a child who...
by The Syders on Oct 15, 2013

Cooking On A Budget - Spanish Chicken

Another Family favourite here at The Syders is this Spanish Chicken dish. Plates are literally licked clean when I cook this one. Its not spicy, so the younger kids are fine with it too. Ingredients - Serves 6 - Cost - Approx £2 per head. 6 x C...
by The Syders on Oct 11, 2013

Cooking On A Budget - Bacon And Pesto Pasta

This recipe is so cheap (£1 per person) and easy to make and my whole family really enjoy it (even the fussy teenager). Ingredients (Serves 6, Each serving 330 calories, 17g fat) - Est Cost £1 Per Person 400g Penne Pasta 1 tbsp Oil Unsmoke...
by The Syders on Aug 6, 2013

Media Request: Large families wanted to film with celeb chefs

      Are you struggling with the current economic climate? Do you want some professional tips on cooking for a large family on a budget? BBC1 show Great British Budget Menu are looking for large families to participate in a new series...
by Larger Family Life on Apr 25, 2013

Cooking On A Budget - Low Fat Cauliflower and Potato Curry

I Love curry and being on a weight loss mission is not going to stop me enjoying it. This cauliflower and potato curry is really easy to make and is delicious. At only 212 calories per serving, you can even have a weightwaters naan bread for an extra...
by The Syders on Feb 27, 2013

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe on a Budget

  When I first started making this I was on a dairy and soy free diet.  I had no idea how to make homemade taco seasoning and thought it was a lot of work.  I quickly realized that this was probably the easiest and tastiest thing you could spend t...
by Living A Frugal Life on Feb 25, 2013

Cooking On A Budget - Low Fat Haddock & Sweet Potato Pie

   My lot can be a bit 'funny' about eating fish. They all turn their noses up if I mention anything fishy for dinner. However, this pie goes down very well and the whole family enjoy it. It is taken from a Rosemary Conley cookbook. ...
by The Syders on Feb 12, 2013

Crockpot Saucy Chicken and Rice Recipe On a Budget

  I LOVE crock pot cooking!  Best thing ever!  We also love this recipe. My mom has always laughed because chicken and rice recipes have always been a staple for me since I started cooking.  But I think this one is a little different and more ...
by Living A Frugal Life on Feb 5, 2013

Budget Breakfast Bake Recipe

Making a Budget Breakfast Bake for breakfast will not only help with your cost, but it will also help to make a good breakfast in a quick amount if time. This is an egg bake recipe type of a meal. Print   Ingredients 8 Eggs 3 Cups Milk 3 tsp. dr...
by Living A Frugal Life on Jan 28, 2013

Chocolate Fudge Recipe With A Peppermint Twist

Chocolate Fudge Recipe With A Peppermint Twist When I was growing up, we made fudge and danish every year for Christmas.  We would make it a family event and I heard stories about when my mom and her grandma would stand in the kitchen mixing and bak...
by Living A Frugal Life on Dec 10, 2012

Cooking On A Budget - Meatballs and Pasta

My kids love bolognese sauces and a particular favourite is with meatballs. This is really easy, takes only few ingredients and always goes down really well with the whole family. Ingredients - Serves 6 - Cost £6.00 24 small meatballs - rea...
by The Syders on Nov 16, 2012

Cooking On A Budget - Vegetable Stew

This recipe is so easy. Not only is it super cheap to make but its also really tasty,  filling and warms you up on those long, chilly winter evenings. You can make up your own dumplings, but I buy a packet mix from the supermarket. Its one I've...
by The Syders on Nov 9, 2012

Cooking On A Budget - Chicken & Broccoli Risotto

This recipe is one of my favourites. I love risotto, just a warning though if you have small children to tend to this recipe needs you to keep a constant eye on the pan as you continually stir to avoid the rice sticking to the bottom. Cook it on a da...
by The Syders on Nov 2, 2012

Cooking On A Budget - Bolognese Pizza

Pizza is usually a family favourite in our house and I know you can pick up ready made ones really cheap from the supermarket, but a fresh homemade one is much tastier, more filling and really easy to make.  Ingredients serves 6 - Meal...
by The Syders on Oct 26, 2012

Cooking On A Budget - Sausage Ragout

Feeding a large family on a budget can be tough sometimes, not just because of counting pennies but finding something everyone will eat, all at the same time can prove difficult for some families. I'm lucky I have a husband who is a really good cook...
by The Syders on Oct 19, 2012


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