Chef famous for making £1 dinners shares top tips for slashing food bill11/08/2020
Thousands of Brits are horrified by how much they spend on food every week.
Even if you meal plan and stick to your list you can wind up spending in excess of £100 for a family.
During the coronavirus pandemic, more of us than ever are trying to cut back and live a frugal lifestyle.
And thankfully, Miguel Barclay, famous for being the One Pound Chef, says that you can still enjoy tasty dinners for just £1 each.
He told MirrorOnline: “You can eat a varied diet on a budget and you can make it fun.
"When you're eating on a budget, you're forced to cook from scratch. And you find you're eating healthier.”
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Here are his top tips for budget shopping:
No more pre-made food
Miguel points out that jars of pre-made sauce and instant meals are not cost effective.
If you’re not a confident cook, then look up Miguel’s – or another chef’s – sauce recipes online and follow them.
Buying convenience items like pre-chopped veg and pre-made curry sauce is like throwing money down the drain.
Spices cost just pennies per use and adding flavour to a tomato base – like passata – is much cheaper too.
Bulk out meals with cheaper ingredients
Miguel said: “If you're making spaghetti with mince beef, but you swap it with mushrooms that's going to be cheaper and healthier.
"Mushrooms are probably my all time favourite ingredient and the base for a lot of the things I cook."
Plus, adding mushrooms gives you more vitamin D – a handful fulfils your daily requirements.
You can also swap meat out for lentils in shepherds pie or black beans in a chilli.
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Don’t travel to different shops
Despite the popular idea that shopping around for the best deals will save you money, Miguel says it’s not always so.
Oftentimes the big supermarkets are cheaper than high street express stores and you’ll save money on fuel by sticking to one place.
Buy own brand goods
Seems simple, but Miguel urges people to ignore name brand items.
They’re cheaper and often of a similar quality.
Cook from scratch
Cooking from raw ingredients really doesn’t need to take ages.
Miguel’s recipes can take as little as 10 minutes and be completed by even an amateur cook.
He said: “It's just what I do, it's my skill.
"Because they're not too complicated, they're not too stressful to cook.
"It's the style of cooking that I do at home, I've always been passionate about cooking.”
Miguel’s staple pantry items include: curry powder, rice, chickpeas and mushrooms.
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