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Healthy Recipes for as little as £1 per portion!

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On a tight budget? Worried that healthy eating costs too much? Well don’t worry these recipes work out to about £1 per portion. Healthy eating can be done on a budget and here is how.
We all know how easy it is to go to the supermarket and pick up snacks or impulse buy when items are on offer. So, before undertaking your weekly shop make sure you have sat down and planned out what you will be eating throughout the week. Planning your food will allow you to create a list of what ingredients you will need which you can stick to when you go and do your shop. Another great tip is that the frozen aisle can be your best friend. Buying staples in bulk can often be cheaper! Frozen meat and vegetable are often noticeably cheaper and will last much longer than their fresh counterpart.
Still don’t know how this can be done? Need some inspiration on what to cook? Continue to read and you can find a few recipe ideas that work out to about £1 or less per portion.

Breakfast: Maple pecan overnight oats

Overnight oats

Prep time: 15 Minutes

Portions: 4 Servings

Price per Serving: 83p


Ingredients:

  • 75g pecans
  • 160g porridge oats
  • 350ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 2tbsp maple syrup
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 250g frozen blueberries

Method:

  1. Toast pecans in a frying pan for 3-5 minutes, on medium heat setting, the leave to cool.
  2. Roughly chop cool pecans and place to one side.
  3. Mix the oats, almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla together and leave to soak in fridge for 2 hours.
  4. Assemble portions by dividing blueberries between 4 containers and covering with oats. Top with pecans, cover with lid and leave to chill in fridge overnight.

Lunch: Zesty lime & coriander chicken noodles

Chicken noodles

Prep time: 13 minutes

Portions: 4 Servings

Price per serving: 89p


Ingredients:

  • 200g Chicken
  • Free range egg noodles
  • Vegetable stir fry mix
  • Sweet Chilli stir fry sauce
  • 10ml sunflower oil

Method:

  1. Dice chicken into strips.
  2. Cook noodles referring to instructions on packaging.
  3. Whilst cooking noodles, put 10ml of sunflower oil into pan and cook chicken on medium heat until slightly browned.
  4. Add vegetable mix and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir through Sweet Chilli sauce in pan and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  6. Finish by tossing through the noodles, then serve.

Dinner: Mushroom & lentil ragu with spaghetti

Ragu

Prep time: 35 minutes

Portions: 4 Servings

Price per serving: 99p


Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 500g mushrooms, chopped
  • 390g carton Italian chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 2 x 215g cans green lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 300g spaghetti
  • 50g Cheddar, grated

Method:

  1. In a pan add oil and cook onion on medium heat until soft.
  2. Add the garlic and mushrooms to the pan, then cover with lid and cook for further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile cook the spaghetti according to instructions.
  4. Add ketchup, herbs and tomatoes, leave to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.
  5. Finally add the lentils and leave for another 10 minutes.
  6. Drain pasta and serve with ragu. Add cheese on top if desired.

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