Friday, 21 October 2016

Saving Money In The Kitchen and £50 Giveaway!

I'm so excited to be working with Newcastle Building society on a series of Vlogs about saving money in the kitchen, this first video shows my ultimate time saver, cheap, nutritious and super quick tea. Perfect for a rushed evening or a late dinner, we all know how that feels? Starving kids and after school club means you aren't home until 6 or later and there is nothing ready, well worry no more this recipe is super simple, quick and cheap! This recipe has never failed to provide clean bowls and the kids actually regularly ask for 'noodle doodles' so it must be a winner!

 

Heres our video...





and that's how easy it is! A perfect 'bowl and spoon' easy dinner

 

Always a clean bowl when we make this


Next month we are creating a video full of money saving kitchen tips, so we would love to hear your best money saving ideas

Now then because the Newcastle Building Society are canny as can be they have offered us a £50 M and S gift voucher to giveaway, entry is really easy, simply watch the video above for some inspiration then enter via this raffle copter, a winner will be chosen from all correct entries

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365 comments:

  1. Delicious hot or cold, Pasta Frittata is a great way of using up leftover pasta and it’s super quick to make!!!

    Ingredients:
    4 large free-range eggs
    40 g Parmesan cheese , plus extra to serve
    sea salt
    freshly ground black pepper
    400 g leftover cooked pasta
    extra virgin olive oil

    Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Beat the eggs in a large bowl, then finely grate in the Parmesan. Season with a little salt and a good twist of pepper. Whisk well, then stir in your pasta.
    To cook the frittata, heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a 26cm non-stick ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat. Add the frittata mixture and cook for about 5 minutes, or until crisp underneath, then place in the oven for another 5 minutes, or until firm. Carefully flip the frittata onto a large plate, then slide it back into the pan and return it to the oven for a further 5 minutes, or until crisp underneath. Serve with an extra grating of Parmesan.
    If you’ve got about 400g of leftover cooked pasta that is already coated in sauce, you can swap that in for an easy twist on my basic recipe. Or try making a pizzaiola pasta frittata – make the basic pasta frittata (I like to use fusilli, but use whatever shape you have), then serve by slicing and layering over 6 ripe cherry tomatoes and 40g of fontina cheese. Scatter over a few fresh basil leaves, and finish with an extra grating of Parmesan.

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  2. pasta bake is always a winner with the family with sauce made from tinned tomatoes, leftover veg & herbs or out the garden, garlic and worcester sauce

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  3. Mac & cheese is a firm favourite here.

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  4. My girls and I love really basic simple meals like beans on toast and scrambled eggs, ham and toast.

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  5. Stir Fry Surprise because I used up anything that needs to be used so every time it's a little different :)

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  6. Our favourite fast budget meal is spaghetti bolognese

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  7. an mushroom omelette quick and easy

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  8. Pasta with bolognaise sauce and cheese

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  9. Fusilli, chopped tomatoes, pasatta, matterson sausage and cheese! Easy peasy dinner which is always a winner at dinner time!

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  10. jacket potato, tinned tomatoes, garden peas and cheese make a very tasty and filling meal on the cheap and fast too.

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  11. pasta bit of cheese or tuna and any left over veg

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  12. Chicken and veg stir fry with soy sauce - cheap, quick and healthy! Holly @lovepopsie

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  13. Whatever evening we go shopping we always choose a nice soup each, whatever everyone wants, and then we get a fresh loaf and have soup and bread for dinner. Nothing like a fresh loaf dipped into hot soup!

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  14. the only one i do that my kids like is hot dog chopped up with pasta and cheese

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  15. Mine and Tatties like my mum used to make, fry the mince with onions and make mash potaatoes, bit of gravy and peas and youve got yourself a yummy cheap tea x

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  16. Love making homemade chilli con carne - super quick & really cheap to make.

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  17. Spag bol always is easy and fast to cook, and with me being bad at cooking I have pretty good results :-)

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  18. noodles are fast ,cheap and filling

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  19. My favourite fast meal which is super cheap is macaroni cheese (but with whatever pasta I've got lying about!)

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  20. Lentils, carrots, onion and veg stock in the slow cooker make a cheap and healthy soup.

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  21. I like to make a big vegetable and grain soup, as I can put alot of cheaper veggies, like carrots and celery, potatoes. very filling and healthy :)

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  22. prawns spinach and red pepper - takes 15 mins inc preparation and cooking

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  23. Soup made using leftover salad items and vegetable bouillion, practically free!

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  24. Sardine and pea risotto! Super quick and you can freeze and defrost it whenever!

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  25. I like to make a nice lasagne or casserole because not only are they family favourites but there is always plenty left overs for the next night! Great money saver and very easy to cook (especially if you have a slow cooker!)

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  26. Bubble and squeak with chicken omelette! Ideal on Monday using Sunday leftovers!

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  27. Pea soup - from frozen peas.

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  28. Spaghetti Italian ( spaghetti, tinned tomatoes, sausages , hebs and spices

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  29. Baked mac & cheese! Our favourite <3

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  30. jacket potatoes with various fillings

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  31. Pasta with fresh pesto via Iceland

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  32. Pizza Muffins - Cut muffins in half. Spread with tomato puree. Then pieces of ham and white cheese on top. Cook in the oven on gas mark 6 for about 12 mins. Lovely!

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  33. ommlettes or toasties ,and can always add anything left over into one,ive had chicken an sweetcorn,broccoli and feta ommlettes,or if i have left over spag bol in toasties....

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  34. eggs are such a saviour. On toast with some ham and cheese mixed in. Couple of carrot sticks or broccoli mixed in.

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  35. Budget meal -- scrambled egg on toast. Cheap, quick and easy :)

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  36. I keep all my reciepts and then wor out what i W

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  37. I really enjoy instant mashed potato with cheese spread and tomato sauce mixed in and scooped up with thin slices of ham, chicken etc as though they were chapatis.

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  38. a romanian dish call "tocanita" my mother in law taught me it, all you need to tomatoes onions and garlic, its so tasty

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  39. Chicken Fajitas. I love making this in the slow cooker, so that it's all ready when I get home. Yum!

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  40. My husband does all the cooking, if it was down to me I'd go for beans on toast! :-p

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  41. jacket potatoes in the microwave, topped with grated cheese

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  42. Hot Pasta mixed with a teaspoon(ish) of butter and a teaspoon(ish) of tomato ketchup. Also known as Mum's special sauce!

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  43. Pasta is always super cheap and super quick to prepare. I always make it with fresh tomatoes and basil -- and depending on time, and what's in the fridge, I'll also add lots of other veg too xx

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  44. Stir fry. Cook and drain dried noodles. Heat up left over or frozen vegetables (can add meat if you want) in a wok. I like to make a sauce with soy sauce, orange juice, and ginger. Quick, easy, and a great way to prevent food waste.

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  45. make three litres of a tomato base sauce at a time, with loads of veg grated in, It's the equivalent of six jars of pasta sauce and costs about £1 to make.

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  46. Mash beans n bangers (onions optional)

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  47. spaghetti Bolognese is cheap and easy to make you can make your own bolognese sauce for less than two pound but even a jar is very cheap :)

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  48. I usually just get some koka noodles (20p in home bargains), a jar of hot dogs (less than £1) and cook both and mix them together. Cheap, quick and tasty! :)

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  49. I make up a big lot of chilli 🌶 or curry & freeze them. It works out so cheap when making them in bulk & saves so much time!

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  50. Pasta and pesto is always a real cheap winner

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  51. Tuna pasta is my ultimate fave cheap eat x

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  52. My boys love pasta with pesto with cheese sprinkled on top

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  53. Cheese or beans on toast. Always popular. Everyone eats it.

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  54. Pasta and a couple of spoons of pesto.

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  55. Omelette with any left overs in such as cheese, or veg etc.

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  56. My favourite is chicken fajitas. I usually use ready cooked frozen chicken strips which saves a bit of time and money and it is quick to make.

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  57. Chickpeas coated with tomato sauce, with garlic and pepper. I have odd taste though, that has to be borne in mind!

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  58. Pizza toast, basically cheese on toast with tomato puree underneath the cheese and ham chunks ontop - mmmm delish!

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  59. special fried rice usually add some leftovers like chicken bits.

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  60. super noodles with chopped vegetables in

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  61. I boil up some pasta, add a tin of red salmon, a tub of half-fat sour cream with chives and add some spinach leaves (or cooked frozen spinach). Quick, easy and so tasty!

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  62. One of our favourite budget fast meals is pasta with an egg and cheese sauce. You can also add ham and then it's Pasta Carbonara.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  63. PASTA AND BAKED BEANS - THE KIDS LOVE IT

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  64. cheesy beans on toast, works every time for us

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  65. Scrambled eggs is our favourite quick meal

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  66. Easy tuna pasta - pasta, sweetcorn, onion and tuna. My boys won't eat pasta sauce so we sub it with heinz tomato soup and they love it. Usually served with broccoli.

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  67. Cook pasta and add to a bowl of tinned salmon. Mix together. Sprinkle with cheese and grill.

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  68. We love to make soups from leftovers - leanne w

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  69. A big bowl of noodles (plain dried) cooked up with a stock cube and a splash of soy sauce with an selection of veg (mushrooms, broccoli, peppers . . . whatever is to hand) sauteed in a tiny bit of olive oil with garlic.

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  70. Buy when cheap, freeze and microwave as needed
    Mariel P

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  71. Love the noodle doodles!

    I love fajitas as a fast, money-saving meal. I use chicken and veg you cook straight from frozen too.

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  72. It has to be a stir fry for me. Instead of buying the stir fry veg bags, I buy the veg separately and prepare them, then mix together and freeze in portions. Means we always have something quick and easy in the freezer to cook, and it's more economical than buying the bags of pre-prepared veg!

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  73. You can't beat tuna pasta in a tomato sauce for a good quick cheap nutritious meal

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  74. You can't go wrong with beans on toast!

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  75. Quick and easy would have to be pizza!

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  76. Pasta and Pesto and Feta is my speed meal as you can freeze pesto and use it for ages!

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  77. I can do a cheese & onion omelette in minutes.

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  78. Egg fried rice homemade with peas stirred in. Not too unhealthy, cheap and quick

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  79. We love a vegetable pasta bake with left over veggies from Sunday roast

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  80. Pasta with cooked chicken, peas & pesto - my kids love it, it's really filling & cheap!

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  81. Home made tomato soup; canned tomatoes, garlic, chillis in my soupmaker :)

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  82. I'm not very good at saving. Would love to learn new ideas, thank you for showing us your vedio. It's looks yummy 🍲😄Going to try tonight

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  83. Jacket potatoes, with leftover spagbol sauce that has sice and beans added to create a chilli con carne! :)

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  84. mushroom and garlic cheesy pasta

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  85. can't beat a bit of beans on toast to curb hunger cheap and fast

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  86. I like pasta bakes. You can throw in anything you have which needs to be used up, especially past their best vegetables, and it requires minimum effort and preparation.

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  87. My best budget meal is turkey mince chilli with rice

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  88. For a fast and budget friendly meal, my boys love muffin pizzas. An English muffin sliced in two, a bit of tomato puree and cheese, toasted under the grill and hey presto.

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  89. Always make enough for two dishes, and freeze one for another meal. Casseroles, soups and stews usually freeze well.

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  90. Beans on toast is probably our best budget meal, tastes really nice too!

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  91. We love supernoodles with grated cheese, chilli flakes and chopped up hot dog sausages! :)

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  92. Spaghetti bolognese - with left over vegetables chopped/pureed into the sauce

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  93. Cheesey beans on toast and a glass of milk my kids love it especially on wholemeal bread :)

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  94. substituting fresh food for frozen can save money and waste. The kids also love omlettes so it's a great combination that's cheap, no waste and they actually enjoy it.

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  95. Corned beef pasties - Roll out some pastry and make pasties using corned beef and canned veg.
    Cook in oven till done.

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  96. Cheese Toasties are always a welcome quick (and cheap) meal at our house.

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  97. I am addicted to Morrisons Mac and Cheese! It's only 93p, takes 5 minutes in the microwave and it's so yummy! so creamy!

    xo Millie
    www.modishrambling.com

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  98. Pitta bread pizza!It's very quick and sooo tasty!

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  99. Great idea to show some easy to make meals that will be eaten

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  100. Make your own burgers with mince and onions

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  101. i just grab a ready meal out the freezer and reheat as i always make to much and then freeze and use in a hurry for a homemade meal in a fraction of the time

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  102. Scone base pizza - cheap and quick to make too seeing as the dough doesn't need to prove. You can shove on any toppings that need to be used up too.

    @rachiegr

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  103. Corned Beef Casserole with dumplings

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  104. My superfast budget meal idea is an omlette with any left-overs in the fridge. I put in any left over meat, cooked potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes, spring onions, peppers, in fact anything, which makes it different every time. To add some extra vegetables, I serve it with tinned sweetcorn, simple!

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  105. For me it has to be chicken salad such an easy and simple meal which doesn't cost very much.

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  106. I make a really cheap and easy meatballs in tomato sauce - costs £2.20 for four people - but ingredients are from Lidl so quite inexpensive to begin with!

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  107. Chilli which I make in my Slow Cooker. It may not be super fast but its quick to prepare and then I can just leave it cooking all day without having to worry about what to cook for dinner. I look for mince on offer and the remaining ingredients are cheap as chips. Padding the meal out with rice/baked potato makes the meal go further and fills you up. I also always have enough leftover to freeze so I have a ready meal for those days when I just don't want to cook.

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  108. I do love a sausage casserole

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  109. Fry minced beef, onion tin tomatoes and some stock. This mixture can then be added to spaghetti for spaghetti bolognese, mashed potatoes for cottage pie or lasagna pasta.

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  110. Brown rice pasta, can of tuna, pesto. Done!

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  111. I make a yummy pasta with a quick homemade pesto sauce by putting a spoonful of pesto into greek yoghurt then tossing the pasta in to coat. Mixed with some roasted veggies it's a nice healthy meal.

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  112. Egg & Chips - :-) My favourite

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  113. Cheese toasties are always a winner in our house, add some ham or pepperoni if you've any in the fridge. Cheap and cheerful.

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  114. Pasta with chicken, broccoli, white sauce and cheese sprinkled on the top. Easy peasy! X

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  115. This looks like a great recipe, I need to remember to put pan lids on to save money.

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  116. A stir-fry is always super quick! Noodles and whatever you have in the fridge!

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  117. A whatever's left in the fridge frittata! Anything can go in! I made one the other day with some peppers, sweet corn, potatoes and chorizo. So quick and easy!

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  118. spaghetti napolian using pasatta- much cheaper than jar sauces and still yummy!

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  119. I warm pitta breads, spread them with cream cheese & then add various toppings, smoked salmon trimmings are really good value topping & go a long way for a pack that costs under £2

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  120. Beans on toast, super quick and very tasty

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  121. We love tuna pasta its so quick and cheap to do and my boys love it!

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  122. Spaghetti bolognaise

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  123. Hotdogs cut into pieces with spaghetti stuck through them. Then cooked. My sons love this with baked beans.

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  124. Pasta and tinned meatballs are a big hit in our house.

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  125. Beans and cheese on baked potato :) favourite in our house xx

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  126. FRY MEAT BALLS ADD JAR OF PASTA SAUCE A CUP OF FROZEN VEG AN SERVE ON SPAGHETTI

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  127. I shop at Aldi and I find spaghetti and meatballs a quick and cheap meal. Their pack of 12 meatballs are £1.68, a pack of spaghetti is 20p and their pasta sauce is either 38p or 48p (I think). I usually add some dried herbs and garlic powder to the sauce and this dinner easily feeds 4 grown ups.

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  128. Pearl barley, bacon & leek casserole - an awesome risotto like dish, utterly delicious! :)

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  129. Spaghetti Bolognese, always a winner in our house!

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  130. I usu left over to make a stir fry, Veg and potatoes, with Soy Sauce and then noodles! Quick and Yum

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  131. A super fast and tasty meal for all the family is Batchelors beef noodles which take around 4 mins to cook ( I usually add an Oxo cube to add a more beefy taste ) When done mix in a couple of slices of corned beef. A really delicious quick meal/snack. A little tip don't throw away the water based mix the noodles cooked in it makes for lovely gravy, to add to another quick snack you make. :)

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  132. Spaghetti for 30p, 2 x tinned tomatoes for 80p, mozzarella 45p and some basil. all just for £1.55 for the 5 of us!

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  133. I like to make Risotto as it's quick, easy and cheap.

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  134. Tuna & sweetcorn, with mayo stirred into cooked pasta!

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  135. Meatballs and pasta in a tomato sauce is our favourite quick, cheap, easy meal

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  136. Macaroni cheese with some smoked sausage and crusty bread, cheap and tasty x

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  137. I love things like stew as I can use up left over chicken etc from a roast dinner and chuck in lots of cheap seasonal veggies and some potatoes! A really filling hearty meal for a tiny cost. xx

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  138. Frittatas- free range eggs and a great use of left over veg with grated cheeses- quick nutricious and delicious

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  139. quorn peices with spagetti and cheese sauce

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  140. Tuna pasta bake, plus I add anything I have in the fridge eg toms, peppers

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  141. Spaghetti with butter, grated parmesan and black pepper.

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  142. Any stir fry! Simple, delicious and versatile ingredient wise.

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  143. Bakes Beans and Sausages over Pasta

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  144. omelette & new potatoes with baked beans.

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  145. A ready meal with a yellow label on it!

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  146. Carbonara - spaghetti, eggs, ham or bacon (often some leftover in the fridge) stock, cream. Can often get cream reduced, and the meal is so quick and tasty.

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  147. Super-fast cheese on toast with a slice of honey-roasted ham, all put under the grill. It's like a 2 minute version of croque monsieur and tastes just as good, I think!

    Sam

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  148. Scrambled egg with chopped tomatoes and cheese!

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  149. cheese on toast is quick and tasty.

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  150. omelette with any veg in the fridge/cupboard

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  151. Super noodles with a pinch of lazy garlic to flavour

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  152. We also make noodles and spaghetti on toast is always a favourite

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  153. Margaret Clarkson
    Panaculty/Panackelty - A Northern dish of layered potatoes, onions and corned beef cooked slowly in a pan with a little stock. Very tasty.

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  154. Hot dogs and jelly fish (my son doesn't like bread so I push spaghetti into slices of his hot dog and when it's been cooked they look like jelly fish).

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  155. Melted cheese on toast with beans, takes 5 mins & is delish

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  156. Stir fry - just throw whatever veg you have in a wok with some noodles and soy sauce!

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  157. jacket potatoes are a firm favourite in our house, so done speedily in the microwave, or in the oven if ive more time, topped with beans and cheese, healthy, warming and a fabulous cheap comfort food for all.

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  158. Spaghetti Bolognese

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  159. Pizza but using a wrap as the base. Pop it in the oven for 2 mins, take it out, apply toppings, back in for a few more minutes, boom! done!

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