Budget Friendly Family Meals
With the price of food increasing and all of us having to think more about what we spend our pennies on, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the tips and tricks that I use at home when feeding my family of 8 on budget friendly family meals. Plus I share my own fish pie recipe.
There are 6 children in my family ranging from 6yrs to 12yrs and that includes 4 growing pre-teens, a boy with autism with different tastes in food and then I am wheat free. So if you have a growing family with multiple needs, I hear you.
In this video I talk you through how we use frozen foods and rely on the freezer to save money and time without compromising on nutrition.
Ways to use frozen foods in your meals:
Frozen Veg: add to soups, casseroles, pasta dishes, pies, have on the side
Frozen Fruit: add to smoothies, on breakfast, in crumbles, have them as a pudding
Fruit Fish: cheaper than fresh and you can rely on it being fresh. Caught on the day and frozen soon afterwards. Great for fish cakes, homemade fish fingers and fish pie.
Frozen Meat: grab any fresh meat bargains and freeze them for another day.
Other Items: freeze the leftover herbs and spices, the ends of yoghurt pots for curries and soups, broccoli stalks for stocks and soups, brown bananas for baking and any leftover meals can be frozen and used as a topping on jacket potatoes or added to another meal.
How to adapt this recipe:
I hope you enjoy this fish pie recipe, it’s always a huge hit in my family. It is wheat free for me (I can’t eat wheat due to a digestive condition) and I took out a portion of fish to cook this seperately for boy C who has autism and won’t eat a mixed meal in this way. Which shows you can adapt one meal to suit a variety of needs.
To make it wheat or gluten free: use wheat free or gluten free flour (I like cornmeal or buckwheat but you could use a general purpose blend).
Feel free to change the vegetables to suit your tastes or to add extra vegetables on the side.
To make this dairy free or low lactose use a plant based milk alternative like the one I used in the video.
You could change the fish used, I’ve used salmon for the omega 3 content, you could use any other form of fish you have and even add other forms of seafood into the dish such as prawns but bear in mind this will increase the cost.
Low Cost Salmon Fish Pie
480 g frozen salmon
200 ml soya milk
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp cream cheese
320 g frozen mixed vegetables
1 head broccoli
1 tbsp mixed herbs
480 g potatoes
1 tbsp butter
1 splash soya milk
50 g cheddar cheese
Look out for the next series in these videos, we will be covering ways to save money using one pan meals, in packed lunches and making some simple family meals that everyone will hopefully enjoy.
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