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    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 7th Feb 18, 8:59 AM
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    Really healthy eating on a budget
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    • 7th Feb 18, 8:59 AM
    Really healthy eating on a budget 7th Feb 18 at 8:59 AM
    I am simultaneously trying to spend less on groceries whilst eating more healthily. Not to lose weight (though would be nice) but because I get migraines and have quite a serious autoimmune problem.

    Eating healthily is expensive. For example, I can't eat normal stock cubes so have to buy kallo organic which are £1.60. I do have a mysupermarket alert set to make this cheaper.

    I've been told going gluten free would help but that makes everything more expensive. Trying specialist flours works out a lot more.

    Hubby is veggie though eating two portions of oily fish a week at my request.

    I have started meal planning recently and our food bills have gone up not down. Though admittedly we are having a bigger variety of foods and my cooking repertoire has got bigger.

    Take breakfast for example. I like toast and marmalade which is cheap but to be healthy make overnight oats with yoghurt and blueberries which works out a lot more.

    Eating veg or a salad lunchtime also works out more than having something on toast.

    Any ideas?
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    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 11th Feb 18, 5:56 PM
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    Jenny have you looked in the World Foods section, Mr Ms have quite a good one, herbs, spices, tins of toms and beans all much cheaper
    eg I get large tins of coconut milk for 47p, Mr Ms own is on the next aisle for 97p!

    there's an article about it on the main site

    Find HIDDEN supermarket discounts in the !!!8216;world foods!!!8217; section !!!8211; up to 80% off herbs, spices, sauces & more
    Originally posted by Glad
    Yes, always do that. There's lots of Asian shops in west Yorkshire where we're moving to and they have great bargains!
    • Glad
    • By Glad 11th Feb 18, 7:24 PM
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    I'm following this thread hoping to get my food bill down too, I try to eat as healthy as possible but my food bill is around £50 a week, just for me
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    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 11th Feb 18, 7:29 PM
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    We were £40 a meal for two before I started really planning meals and trying to be more budget conscious. I thought I was spending a lot more than that till I added it up.
    Ironically it went up to £48 a week when we started budgeting but I did stock up on reduced quorn stuff and 3 for £10 packets of salmon. I reckon there's now a months worth of stuff in our little freezer and we'll just need dairy and veg to go with it.
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    • By JamesO 11th Feb 18, 8:35 PM
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    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 11th Feb 18, 9:34 PM
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    I think what I'd really like to do - once we've eaten the contents of our freezer - is make myself a fortnightly meal plan.

    I really like this website https://eatnotspend.wordpress.com/

    I'd like to make something similar to the meal plans with shopping lists on there that fits in with my idea of healthy eating - 2 portions of oily fish a week, lots of veg, no gluten, no sugar and perhaps no dairy. Make the plan and the list with perhaps a day which could be flexible when I could try new things.

    I keep thinking gram flour might be a good move. I don't eat onion anymore (migraines!) but wondered if I could make bhajis with other veg grated and gram flour. It can also be used to make gluten free flatbreads. I might try that for lunches.
    Last edited by JennyP; 11-02-2018 at 9:34 PM. Reason: spelling mistake!
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 12th Feb 18, 6:52 AM
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    I keep thinking gram flour might be a good move. I don't eat onion anymore (migraines!) but wondered if I could make bhajis with other veg grated and gram flour..
    Originally posted by JennyP
    Yes, they’re called a “pakora”. It makes a good fritter batter, too.

    Gram flour is also used in Indian sweets. Besan Burfi is the name of the one my colleague brings in to work.

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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 12th Feb 18, 8:09 AM
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    I keep thinking gram flour might be a good move. I don't eat onion anymore (migraines!) but wondered if I could make bhajis with other veg grated and gram flour. It can also be used to make gluten free flatbreads. I might try that for lunches.
    Originally posted by JennyP
    When you say "onion" would that apply to anything else in the same "family" as well? For instance - leeks could be substituted for onions. Or do you react to anything in the allium line?
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    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 12th Feb 18, 8:18 AM
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    When you say "onion" would that apply to anything else in the same "family" as well? For instance - leeks could be substituted for onions. Or do you react to anything in the allium line?
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    I can have garlic. Would have to look leaks up but think they're OK.
    I'm not 100% certain onions do anything but it was on the list of foods to avoid.
    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 12th Feb 18, 8:22 AM
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    Yes, they’re called a “pakora”. It makes a good fritter batter, too.

    Gram flour is also used in Indian sweets. Besan Burfi is the name of the one my colleague brings in to work.

    - Pip
    Originally posted by PipneyJane
    I thought I was about to invent an amazing new food!!!!
    • ScotinLondon
    • By ScotinLondon 12th Feb 18, 1:35 PM
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    Pakora's, Bhaji's in my book are all the same thing - well according to my mum anyway...Bhajis used to be regular occurrance in our household when we were growing up and any veg would be used...potatoes, onions, chillis, mushrooms, courgettes etc. It's the gram flour batter that you need to get right - not too thin and and not thick and the right spice mix too...when done right, it is v good, especially with tamarind sauce and chilli chutney that the indian sweet marts give out. Just perfect.

    If you live in London, the best place is Maru's by Alperon Station. It looks like a dive and the service is hit & miss, but the bhajia's are great.

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    • By dbrookf 13th Feb 18, 9:34 PM
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    My non-veggie hubby and I just love this healthy stew....cheap and cheerful...we have it regularly:

    http://www.recipes.vegsoc.org/recipe.aspx?cId=645&cTheme=85
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