6 ways to spend less, lose more

Do you think microwavable ready meals, white bread and processed burgers are cheaper than healthy fresh produce? Think again. Check out this list of healthy foods that will actually help you save money.

Six healthy and cheap foods

1. Turkey. Buy a whole turkey when it’s on sale. A hefty one will cost less than £10. A family of four can easily get three or even more meals out of this lean meat. Enjoy a first meal of roast turkey, and a second one of turkey casserole. For the third meal, boil the carcass. Then, remove any bones or skin from the pot. Place the remaining liquid and meat in the refrigerator overnight, and any fat in the broth will solidify on top of the pan. It’s simple to remove the fat. Then re-heat the broth and meat - and add any vegetables you have in the house for fantastic homemade turkey vegetable soup.

2. Stir-fry. Just a small bit of lean chicken, pork or beef is needed for this easy-to-prepare one dish meal. You can also skip the meat and make a meal of vegetables and rice or noodles.

3. Learn how to cook beans & pulses from scratch. A big bag of dry beans or pulses costs less than £1/€1.50. Soak them overnight and cook them the next day. They can be used in soups, stews, chilli, tortillas, casseroles and more.

4. Two chicken breasts can be enough for a family meal when they are cut into strips, cooked and tossed with a salad. Add some leftover pasta too for a balanced, healthy meal.

5. Fajitas are nutritious and inexpensive. Brown some lean minced beef or Quorn mince(about £2/€4 worth, which is enough for a family of four). Place a large flour tortilla in a skillet, and then layer on a few tablespoons of the cooked beef, a half-handful of grated cheese and some salsa. That’s topped with a second tortilla. When the bottom tortilla is lightly browned, flip it and brown the other side, cut it into eighths and serve it with a salad. Beans can replace the meat, cutting the meal cost to pennies per serving.

6. Learn to make stock. Takes too much time you say? That’s a myth. Next time you peel carrots and onions or chop celery, put the parts you don’t use in a large plastic bag and keep it in the freezer. When you have a full bag, simmer the vegetables one evening after work or on the weekend. Strain and season the liquid, and you have a healthy and delicious start to a pot of homemade soup, liquid for casseroles or a base for healthy sauces. The stock can be refrozen until you’re ready to use it.

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