Food For All The Family Week 2- Smart Shopping

Sourcing & Costing

Supermarkets are good at making ready meals and combination deals seem more appealing. Don't be fooled.

Find Markets, Lewisham market offers large bowls of fruit and veg for just a £1, and you're supporting local traders.

Try a box scheme like Kent Veg Box, often works out cheaper and the ingredients are of a high quality. First time customers get 50% off their first 3 boxes, so it's definitely worth a try.

A lot of the time it’s actually more economical to make your own food, as well as being better for

There is less salt & fat and other nasty additives in homemade food. Making meals yourself means you are more likely to have leftovers which can be frozen in portion sizes to have for lunch or dinner another day.

Invest in tupperware for storage and an ordinary dish brush for veg cleaning.

Stock up your cupboards with herbs, spices & stock cubes, rarely need more than tsp and it makes
any old “boring” food taste better.

Try butchers and market vendors who often sell cheaper cuts of meat, which personally I think are often the most flavoursome.

Try growing your own, even if it's just herbs.

Frugal Recipes

Vegetable Skin Crisps

Any root vegetable
Seasoning of your choice
Olive oil

  • Scrub veg, peel and reserve peelings.
  • Coat peelings in olive oil and seasoning, bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes.
Kale Crisps

Curly kale
Olive oil

  • Remove the thick, hard stalk from the bottom of the kale, cover the kale leaves in oil and sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes, until crispy like Chinese style crispy seaweed. 

Lentil curry

1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
100g red lentils
Curry paste or powder to taste
Salt & pepper
Stock or water

  • Fry off onion and garlic in a little oil until softened. Add curry powder and mix well.
  • Add lentils and stir thoroughly, then cover with stock, season and simmer until lentils are soft. Serve with rice.

Or try these tasty Fruit Fridge Flapjacks from River Cottage for a simple and frugal start to the day.


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