420 recipes to feed your family for under £5

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Thanks to heavy supermarket discounts and the likes of Aldi and Lidl, feeding your family doesn't have to be a choice of high prices for high quality, or low prices for poor quality food anymore.

Additionally, a lot of the money we spend on food is essentially thrown away, with over £13bn worth of edible food binned by UK households. That’s a huge £470 per household that could be avoided with some planning and self-discipline.

Family meals for a fiver or less just take a little planning ahead (and fighting the urge to get a ready meal in after a hard day’s work).

Before we get to the recipes themselves, here are a few tips to help keep your family meals to £5 or less…

  • Plan your week’s meals ahead of time to save on waste.
  • Do a weekly shop rather than daily grazing to keep costs down.
  • Cook in batches and use your freezer to store future meals.
  • Fight the urge to get a ready meal or takeaway – the effort is in getting started, once you do it all feels a lot easier.

Here are 424 tasty recipes for less than £5 per sitting. That’s enough ideas to feed your family a different meal every day for over a year!

Goodtoknow’s 150 meals under £1 per head

Rustle up a classic carbonara for only £2.99 or how about fish cakes serving 4 people at £3.89. Goodtoknow.co.uk has brought together a huge 150 of their recipes in one handy round-up, that taste great, but are as cheap as…. chips, and are perfect meals for under a fiver.

Highlights include:

Netmums’ meals under £5

Netmums has listed 13 delicious recipes, all coming in under £5. Examples include leek, chorizo and goat’s cheese tortilla, turkey stir-fry and leek and lamb cobbler. Not only are they cheap, but they’re really healthy too!

Highlights include:

Food Network’s 99 budget family recipes

Fancy an Italian burger with caramelised onions, a Bedfordshire clanger or a super healthy serving of Spanish baked eggs? Feed your family for a £5 by checking out the Food Network’s 99 budget family recipes.

Highlights include:

BBC Good Food’s cheap eat recipes

As they say themselves, these recipes are low-cost, budget-friendly meals that are packed full of flavour. With 33 to choose from, you’re sure to find your family’s next favourite meal here.

Highlights include:

allrecipes’ recipes for under a fiver

allrecipes 125 list covers a mix of old classic such as mac ‘n’cheese through to the slightly more adventurous Japanese Okonomiyaki. Lots of inspiration for meals to feed your family for a fiver (or less!)

Highlights include:

The Guardian’s feasts for a fiver

These four reader submitted recipes were published as part of their dinners for under a fiver campaign, and in reaction to underwhelming professional chef submissions. Ideal budget family meals!

Highlights include:

  • Crostini with cherry vine tomatoes and basil with a rocket and parmesan salad
  • Courgette soup with garlic croutons
  • Cabbage bhajis

Fresh student living’s 5 healthy meals for under a fiver

Written originally with students in mind, these meals are a great choice for anyone to try out. No kebabs in site! Choices include, bang bang chicken, chick pea and potato curry and rainbow risotto - great recipes for under a fiver.

Start cooking!

There's lots of inspiration here to feed your family for a fiver (or less!). Find out more about how you can reduce your food bills here. Alternatively, for more money saving tips, check out our blog!

All information was correct at the time of writing.

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