I never appreciated how tight money would be after having a baby before Zahara arrived and good quality, nutritious, food is often not on offer and not cheap. Here are a few ways I cut down on my food bill each week.
1.Don’t waste food. Try to keep your fridge organised so that items that are close to their use by date are near the front, and make sure you use them on time! You are better off roasting all your left over bits of veg and blending it to make a pasta sauce/soup than binning it. Like my photo, mashbites, these are basically left over mash potato and mexicanamash that I have put into small silicon ice cube molds in the freezer, then I just pop them out on to a tray in a preheated 200C fan oven for 20mins, a perfect side for little one on those nights your having something they can’t have. 2.Plan, plan, plan and bulk buy for the next week or two. I spend a little time planning what meals I will have, trying to maximise on those dishes that use the same herbs etc., that way you can buy in bulk. Meat and fish are always cheaper in bigger packs so buy the meat you need for two weeks worth of meals and freeze the following weeks worth. 3.Bulking on the good stuff. Tinned beans and lentils are packed full of nutrients and make good cheap fillers for pasta sauces/curries etc., meaning you add less meat which is expensive. I don’t tend to include these in my recipes as I am trying to cook authentic world eats, however we do add bulkers in some if our meals from time to time. 4.Look for the cheap fruit and veg, a bag of carrots wins hands down to a pack of asparagus spears. Look for seasonal fruit and veg that can be grown in your country as often that will be cheaper purely due to it having less air miles (your helping the planet too!). 5.You don’t need meat every day. We try and do 3-4 days meat, 2-3 days fish, and 1-2 days veg, although our veg meals haven’t feature much as of yet on the blog. 6.Freeze. If you make too much freeze it. Even if it’s just half a portions worth. Freeze. Before you know it you will have enough portions to make a meal. Buy small freezer containers and labels and organise that freezer. Create a log of what’s in the freezer and stick it on the freezer door – check this before you do your shopping list as you might already have a dinner sitting there waiting for you! 7.Do not be tempted by offers at the supermarket, you are better sticking to your meal plan than diverting to something else just because it’s on offer.