Family lunches for £5

Family lunches for £5

Three ways to serve up a bargain weekend feast.


Three rules for making your money go further – planning ahead, doing it yourself and keeping a bag of flour, sugar and a few herbs in the cupboard at all times.


Three family lunches for £5

Here are ideas that shouldn’t take all morning to prepare but which will get family and friends tucking in.


Lunch one
Hearty beef pie, £4
AT A GLANCE
Use minced beef (500g of lean mince should cost around £3) with diced carrots  and a rich brown gravy, topped with a homemade scone crust (quicker to make than pastry). Cost includes steamed side vegetables.

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with
Apple crumble, £1
To peeled, cored and slice cooking apples add a handful of sultanas, a little water, brown sugar and cinnamon and top with a simple crumble mixture. Bake on gas mark 4 (180°C or 350°F) for 40 minutes.

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Lunch two

Crunchy grilled cod, £4
AT A GLANCE
Frozen cod fillets should present good value and serve 4 for £3. Bake the fillets then place in a grill-proof dish, topped with a breadcrumb mix with fresh-ground pepper, garlic, herbs and other ingredients to taste. Cost includes roasted Maris Piper potatoes.

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with
Creamy berries, £1
Take 150g frozen raspberries and whiz up in the blender with a 500g pot of greek style yoghurt. Spoon into four ramekins and chill before serving.

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Lunch three

Pasta platter, £3.50
AT A GLANCE
Cut strips of different vegetables and lightly sauté in olive oil, then add four roughly chopped fresh tomatoes and simmer for 10 more minutes. Quickly cook 500g vermicelli nests (about £1.10) then serve, pouring any juice over the platter.

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with
Lemon sponge with orange cream, £1.50
AT A GLANCE
Add a dash of lemon oil or the grated rind and juice of half a lemon to flavour a regular sponge cake. Serve with whipped cream (about 60p for 150ml), with a tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice stirred in.


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Savvy tip

For tips on how to shop on a budget check out Eat seasonally, save money.


Pass it on – frosty treats

Home made lollies don’t have to be just kids-stuff – make lollies with mango or pineapple juice, or make smoothie sticks with blended blueberries and yoghurt.

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