Cheap family meals: Recipes under £1 per head

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  • Our cheap family meals are perfect for those in search of quick and easy recipes that are budget-friendly. In fact, all our recipes are under £1 a head!

    These cheap family meals are perfect if you are trying to cook on a budget and don’t want to scrimp on flavour or comfort. It really is easy to cook on a budget with these dinner recipes for under £1 per head. Our recipes include delicious risotto, sausage casserole, pasta bake and more!

    And what’s even better, is that many of these delicious meals come from recipes that exclusively use just store cupboard ingredients, so they’re great if you have to rustle something up in a hurry.

    Most of our budget recipes can also be made with leftovers from Sunday lunch. You’ll always have ideas for something to cook for Monday’s dinner if you’ve had a big lunch over the weekend. There’s no need to throw any of the meat away, as leftover lamb, chicken and beef all taste great the following day – especially when made into something delicious like a casserole or pie in the winter.

    In the summer, you’ll be wanting to change up your lunch and meal routines and go for some lighter options. Summer lunches are a great opportunity to experiment with salads and other things you wouldn’t normally try, without having to break the bank.

    Cheap dinner ideas: Budget meals to make at home

    Cutting down on your food bill doesn’t mean missing out on a good hearty dinner though. Whether it’s comfort food you’re after or a nice healthy dish instead. Rustle up a classic carbonara for only £2.99 or how about fish cakes serving 4 people at £3.89.

    We’ve worked it all out for you – from the ingredients you’ll need and how much they should cost you. Making dinner on a tight budget just got easy!

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    Note: Prices are average and were calculated via We assume you have basics e.g. oil, flour, butter, milk, soy sauce, dried herbs, stock cubes – alternative ingredients used without compromising recipe – serves 4 unless otherwise stated.