In these testing austere times it isn’t unusual to find the purse strings stretched mid-month rather than at the end. Food prices in some categories have literally soared and it’s hard to find to good ‘healthy’ bargains. Most BOGOF’s and multiple deals seem to be on junk food rather than fresh wholesome fare.
That being said, I do believe you can cook reasonably cheaply and healthily if you follow the seasons; stretch the expensive item in a dish with those at a lower cost; use herbs and spices to add variety; and still have something nutritious and bariatric-friendly on the table to satisfy all.
These recipes I have now called by Bariatric Budget Busters (BBB’s) and I shall post one every week so that within no time at all you’ll have a set of recipes to rely upon when money is tight. The first, a sort of chilli type recipe is posted below and in the green recipe section. It’s perfect for serving with a jacket baked potato.
The aim is to produce recipes that will serve 4 (or more) for under a fiver (£5) but does assume that you have a good arsenal of herbs, spices and seasonings in your storecupboard. However don’t be put off if you haven’t got some of the ones listed…leave out or subsitute with another similar seasoning, although I am bound to say the ones recommended have been tested for great taste.
Over the weeks I hope to create dishes using the whole spectrum of foods on offer with some vegetarian options too. If you have any special requests then please don’t hesitate to leave me a message on this site and I will see what I can come up with.
BON APPETIT! CAROL