Mother and Baby

Best Budget Family Recipes

Section: Meals & Baking
With a bit of planning and preparation, it’s easy to put together cheap and tasty meals that the whole family will love
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Chicken With Cherry Tomatoes And Butter Beans

Using chicken legs for this dish makes it cheaper than using a more expensive cut, such as chicken breast. If courgettes aren’t in season (generally from summer to early autumn), you could make it with a root vegetable such as sweet potato.
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Turkey Meatballs

The beans in this dish help to make your turkey meat go further, while turkey is one of the cheapest white meats you can buy – and it’s healthy, too.
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Sicilian-Style Sardines With Pasta

Sardines are an easy store cupboard staple, so perfect if you need to pull together a quick supper for the family. They’re also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for healthy brain development for your toddler.
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The soft, fluffy texture of gnocchi and its finger food shape make it great for toddlers. Plus, potatoes are cheap and easy to buy.
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Tuna Nicoise Fishcakes

Tinned fish is cheap and easy and teaming it with other canned foods, such as chickpeas, helps the fish go further.
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Beef Stew With Garlic Bread Topping

Use a cheap cut of beef, such as chuck or brisket, for a beef stew and you can create a filling dish that everyone will love. The secret? Cook it for longer as it helps to soften the connective tissues in the meat so that tougher cuts become soft and less chewy.
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Crunchy Breaded Chicken

Slice a chicken breast across lengthways to make a thin ‘steak’ and it will make your food go further and help it cook more quickly. This breaded chicken recipe is ideal for this and your children will love it.
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Spiced Dorset Apple Traybake

When cooking desserts, apples are a great option as they’re relatively cheap to buy compared to many soft fruits. They’re also a popular fruit with babies and toddlers and can be puréed easily.
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Mushroom Risotto With Gremolata

You can add chicken to a mushroom risotto (leftover roast chicken is best), but to save money, keep it veggie by using mushrooms. The spongy texture of them means they soak up lots of flavours making it a very tasty dish.
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Feta, Mint, Lentil And Pistachio Omelette

Eggs are a healthy, cheap food that can be cooked in lots of different ways. Adding lentils to this dish boosts the protein content cheaply and you can swap the feta for regular Cheddar and leave out the pistachios to lower the price further.
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French Toast With Raspberry Apple Puree

This makes a speedy breakfast dish and is so simple to make. Use whatever bread you want (although wholemeal is healthier) and if you want to reduce the price, just use the apples and leave out the raspberries.
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Broad Bean, Pea & Ham Pasta

You can easily buy frozen peas and broad beans and add to pasta dishes for added vitamin and veggie power. It’s a great dish for cooking up when you don’t have much time and is delicious for lunch the next day.
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Cheesy Beef Burgers

Mince is one of the cheapest cuts of meat and you can usually get quite good quality at a reasonable price. Make up a Bolognese sauce or beef burgers for a tasty family meal.
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Eggy Fish Fingers With Spring Onion Rice

Use cheap (and sustainable) fish fillets such as pollock or coley when making up fish fingers. They’re white fish so still have a delicate flavour that children will enjoy, but often at half the price.
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Cheese & Tomato Pizza

A simple pizza is a great dish for a Saturday night as you can get your kids involved in making and kneading the dough and then adding the toppings. Home made pizza dough is cheap and simple to make (and a great way to bash out the days stresses) and adding pieces of ham, olives or mushrooms will make it more interesting.
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Sweetcorn Fritters

Add a can of sweetcorn to some batter and you’ve got a tasty lunch or small dinner that your toddler will love. And if you have leftovers, you can swap the sweetcorn for blueberries and have fritters for dessert.
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Vegetable Barley Soup

As well as making a tasty lunch or small supper, soup is a great way of saving money by using up odd bits of leftover vegetables or meat. Bulk out a soup with lentils or barley and it will make it go further and fill you up more.

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