Week3-Eat for £50 a month-Recipes 6-7

I am on the third week and I am not missing anything, I am well fed, my energy is up and my pocket has surplus cash. Some recipes I haven’t eaten in years and they have been easy, quick and tasty.  The menu is varied and I am eating leftovers as well as cooking in batches which I like as it means less cooking for me and hardly any waste.  I have easily managed to bulk out meals with the addition of side salads, lentils and beans. I have cooked two dinners for 4 people on my £10 weekly budget as well as for a few additional drop-ins here and there.   I have been using up the food in the fridge and ignoring temptation to re-stock when I pass a shop.  I still have some lettuce and a sweet potato and a few tins of tomatoes, beans, rice and flour left to use from previous weeks (thank god for fridges) , as well as pasta, eggs and onions from this week.

I’ve been on jury service for the last 6 days and my fellow jurors have asked me questions about my packed lunches and the variety.  I have had comments of “I wouldn’t have the time” or it’s easier to grab something from the deli/supermarket.  When I point out the cost, the fat, the sugar, the savings as well as the health benefits over a prolonged period there has been a few looks of interest.   I have noticed more packed lunches in nice Tupperware containers this week 🙂

Day 6 Lunch – Mozzarella & Basil Sarnie

These were so nice earlier in the week that I am having them again but this time without the chicken.  I wouldn’t make these a lot (but once or twice a month is fine) the oil I am using is rapeseed which has the lowest saturated fat content of any cooking oil – half that of olive oil – and is rich in Vitamin E and omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.

Tomato Sauce

  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp soya sauce (optional)
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • 1 tsp balsamic (optional)
  • Basil (optional)
  • Ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp water
  1. Fry the garlic and onion in the oil
  2. Add the tomatoes, ketchup, soya sauce, sugar, basil, balsamic and water
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15minutes
  4. Set aside
  5. Use a third of the sauce now. The rest of the sauce can be used later for pizza topping and with added chopped chilies and garlic to create a tasty spaghetti


  • 50g mozzarella cheese
  • Basil
  • 2 slices 2 day old white bread (crusts removed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Flat leaf parsley
  • 2 slices of white 2 day old bread (crusts cut off)
  1. Cut the mozzarella into thick slices
  2. Take the two slices of bread
  3. Lightly butter the bread
  4. Take the mozzarella place a slice on the bread then some basil and top with another slice of mozzarella
  5. Place the other slice of bread on top
  6. Press the sides of the bread together
  7. Lightly beat the egg with the milk and season with salt and pepper
  8. Dip the sandwich in the egg until well coated all over
  9. Leave to soak for a few minutes
  10. Heat oil in the pan and try the sandwich until golden on both sides
  11. Drain on paper towel
  12. Serve with tomato sauce
  13. Sprinkle with parsley

Day 6 Dinner – Pasta Arrabiata

  1. Fry 2 chillies and a clove of garlic in a pan
  2. Add the tomato sauce leftover from lunch
  3. Heat through, mix with the pasta and serve in a disk for additional protein and a bit of gooo top with a softly poached egg

Day 7 Lunch – Flatbreads and Two Pea dip

  • 1/2 Tin of chickpeas drained
  • 1 1/2 handfuls of cooked garden peas
  • 4 mint leaves chopped finely
  • tablespoon of rapeseed oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Mash all the ingredients in a bowl and serve with warm flatbreads (place under a grill for a few minutes)

Day 7 Dinner – Potato Crust Pizza

  • Any remaining potatoes (250g)
  • 125g self raising or gluten free flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Take any potatoes and peel, boil and mash with a little butter
  2. Leave to cool
  3. Mix the cooled potato the flour and salt into a dough
  4. Press the dough into a lightly greased pizza pan (10 inch circle)
  5. Push the edges up slightly to form a slight step
  6. Top with some tomato sauce, Caramelised onion, basil, mozzarella
  7. It’s up to you what toppings you use ‘Experiment’
  8. Heat for 15/20 minutes at 200 degrees

You could make a few and cook one for 10 minutes and freeze and then cook from frozen for 15 minutes another day.








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