Feed your family for £5 or under

Feeding your family nutritious meals while on a budget might seem like a challenge, but we’ve made it a bit easier. There’s no need to make two different dinners – these low carb friendly meals will be sure to please even the pickiest of eaters! Plus, the best thing is that they can all be made for £5 or under.

Tuna Melt Stuffed Peppers

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 Medium Red Bell Peppers

2 Tins of Tuna

2 Sticks of Celery

6 tbsp. Mayonnaise

Salt and Black Pepper, to taste

125g Mozzarella Cheese

 

Preparation Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan (390°F/350°F fan) and line a baking tray with baking foil.
  2. Slice the tops off the peppers and set aside. Then remove the seeds – you may have to slice slivers off the bottom of the peppers to ensure they stay standing in the oven.
  3. Prepare the filling by first draining the tuna. Slice the celery and add to a bowl along with the tuna and mayonnaise. Season with the salt and pepper then stir until well incorporated.
  4. Equally divide the mixture between the four peppers. Then slice the mozzarella and place on top.
  5. Place the top of the pepper back on and then cook for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese has browned.

 

Total cost: £4.40

 

Nutritional values per serving

Calories 416 kcal|Carbohydrates 8g|Total Fat 32g|Protein 24g|

Macronutrient ratios per serving

Carbohydrates 8%|Total Fat 69%|Protein 23%|

 

Matar Paneer (v)

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 20-25 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients

450g Paneer

1 inch of Fresh Ginger

2 tbsp. Fresh Coriander

3 tbsp. Olive Oil

2 tsp. Cumin

2 tsp. Turmeric

2 tsp. Ground Coriander

2 tsp. Chilli Powder

1 x 400g Tin of Chopped Tomatoes

300g Frozen Peas

2 tsp. Garam Masala

Salt and Black Pepper, to taste

 

Preparation Method

  1. Cut the paneer into 3cm cubes then grate the ginger and roughly chop the coriander.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a frying pan and then add the paneer. Reduce the heat slightly then fry until golden brown on all sides. Once browned, remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan along with the ginger, cumin, turmeric, ground coriander and chilli. Fry for 1 minute until fragrant.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and leave to simmer for 5 minutes. Add the peas then leave to simmer for a further 5 minutes. Stir in the paneer and garam masala then season well.
  5. Serve topped with the fresh coriander.

 

Total cost: £4.60

 

Nutritional values per serving

Calories 436kcal|Carbohydrates 10g|Total Fat 29g|Protein 34g|

Macronutrient ratios per serving

Carbohydrates 9%|Total Fat 60%|Protein 31%|

 

Chicken Thighs with Garlic Mushroom Sauce

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 15-20 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 tsp. Garlic Powder

1 tsp. Dried Thyme

1 tsp. Dried Rosemary

Salt and Black Pepper, to taste

700g Chicken Thigh Fillets

2 tbsp. Olive Oil

250g White Mushrooms

4 Garlic Cloves

2 tbsp. Fresh Parsley

1 tbsp. Butter

250ml Double Cream

75g Parmesan Cheese

 

Preparation Method

  1. Add the garlic powder, thyme and rosemary to a bowl and then season with the salt and pepper and stir together. Coat the chicken thighs evenly with the seasoning.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a large frying pan and then fry the chicken in batches until cooked, adding the remaining 1 tbsp. of olive oil to the frying pan if needed for a second batch. Once cooked, transfer to a plate then set aside and keep warm.
  3. Slice the mushrooms, mince the garlic and chop the fresh parsley. Add the butter to the frying pan and then add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper then sauté for a few minutes until soft.
  4. Add the minced garlic, parsley and remaining thyme and rosemary then sauté for a further minute.
  5. Stir in the cream then bring to a simmer, reduce the heat and continue cooking until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  6. Grate the parmesan cheese then stir into the sauce and allow to melt for a few minutes.
  7. Top the chicken thighs with the sauce and then garnish with the remaining 1 tbsp. fresh parsley.

 

Total cost: £4.60

 

Nutritional values per serving

Calories 648 kcal|Carbohydrates 3g|Total Fat 53g|Protein 41g|

Macronutrient ratios per serving

Carbohydrates 2%|Total Fat 73%|Protein 25%|

 

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