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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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    • dbrookf
    • 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
    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 26th Feb 18, 12:30 PM
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    Anybody got any nice biscuit recipes I can make with gluten free flour? They are so expensive to buy.
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    • Sir_Robin
    • By Sir_Robin 26th Feb 18, 8:24 PM
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    Well I can tell you how to spend a fortune for one person then maybe you'll feel better about the £20!

    I am trying the same to eat healthy and cheap but strictly no gluten for medical reasons.
    I'm working to get a handle on my food spending which was completely unmonitored and am working on a weekly food plan unfortunately it's too high. Here my last bill:

    1 Aleyna Red Roasted Peppers (480g) £1.40
    1 Cadbury Drinking Chocolate Hot Chocolate £2.00
    1 Genius Gluten Free Triple Seeded Sandwich Loaf £2.80
    1 M savers Red Kidney Beans (400g) £0.30
    1 Morrisons Chickpeas (300g) £0.45
    1 Morrisons Chopped Tomatoes £1.36
    1 Morrisons Easy Cook Basmati Rice £1.51
    1 Morrisons Ripen at Home Bananas £0.94
    1 Patak's Madras Curry Paste £2.28

    1 Cathedral City Extra Mature Cheese £2.00
    1 Cravendale Semi Skimmed Milk £1.75
    1 M savers Cooked Chicken Pieces £2.00
    1 Morrisons Braeburn Apples Pack £1.40
    1 Morrisons British Turkey Meatballs £2.36
    1 Morrisons Chicken Breast Fillets £5.94
    1 Morrisons Free Range Eggs Large £1.97
    1 Morrisons Market St British Minced Beef 12 % Fat £2.87
    2 Morrisons Mixed Chillies £1.00
    2 Morrisons Salad Onions £1.00
    1 Morrisons Single Cream £1.00
    1 Morrisons Spinach £1.18
    1 bag onions £1
    Fresh tomatoes 70p

    Essentially two chicken with Spinach meals,two turkey meatballs with veg sauce, large curry and large chilli con carne. Fruit and chicken sanwidges.

    I realise fourty quid is more like a months food for a lot of people on here so I'm open to suggestions
    Last edited by Sir_Robin; 26-02-2018 at 8:30 PM.
    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 26th Feb 18, 8:38 PM
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    Really like seeing someone's menu and list. It doesn't seem like losds of food though - aren't things expensive!!!! Am no expert but...
    Our Morrison's do 15 eggs for £2 - free range but mixed weight. I think they're better value.
    That's a lot of fresh chillis - do you really use two packets in one week?!!!
    How long does this Pataks last? I make curry using spices from local Asian shops. Often split a big bag with a friend.
    Would it not be cheaper to buy one chicken than to buy cooked pieces and fillet?
    Or how about the three for £10 meat offers they usually have?
    Last edited by JennyP; 26-02-2018 at 8:40 PM. Reason: thought it sounded mean but it wasn't intended to!
    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 27th Feb 18, 10:36 AM
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    2.00
    1 Genius Gluten Free Triple Seeded Sandwich Loaf £2.80
    1 M savers Red Kidney Beans (400g) £0.30
    1 Morrisons Chickpeas (300g) £0.45
    1 Morrisons Chopped Tomatoes £1.36
    1 Morrisons Easy Cook Basmati Rice £1.51
    1 Morrisons Ripen at Home Bananas £0.94
    1 Patak's Madras Curry Paste £2.28

    1 Cathedral City Extra Mature Cheese £2.00
    1 Cravendale Semi Skimmed Milk £1.75
    1 M savers Cooked Chicken Pieces £2.00
    1 Morrisons Braeburn Apples Pack £1.40
    1 Morrisons British Turkey Meatballs £2.36
    1 Morrisons Chicken Breast Fillets £5.94
    1 Morrisons Free Range Eggs Large £1.97
    1 Morrisons Market St British Minced Beef 12 % Fat £2.87
    2 Morrisons Mixed Chillies £1.00
    2 Morrisons Salad Onions £1.00
    1 Morrisons Single Cream £1.00
    1 Morrisons Spinach £1.18
    1 bag onions £1
    Fresh tomatoes 70p

    Essentially two chicken with Spinach meals,two turkey meatballs with veg sauce, large curry and large chilli con carne. Fruit and chicken sanwidges.

    I realise fourty quid is more like a months food for a lot of people on here so I'm open to suggestions
    Originally posted by Sir_Robin

    my 1st thought was to use the bags of morries own hot choc, my dad likes the 'just add water' one. but then I don't know if its gluten free.
    morries 'wonky' fruit and veg is very good.
    have you tried growing chillies? just plant some of the seeds from the ones you have, pop on a sunny windowsill and the plants should keep you going on chillies. when the plants start slowing just plant more seeds.
    i'm guessing you have a freezer, I too would buy on the 3 for £10 deal that the above poster mentioned, might be a big initial outlay but will last over a few weeks. just split things in usable portions, eg 1 chicken boob, wrap well and bung in the freezer. don't forget to label things.
    are the cooked chicken pieces flavoured? you could marinate raw ones and then grill them, it might make it slightly cheaper.
    check the prices of tins in the world foods aisle, I've seen tomatoes and beans cheaper there than the value range, esp if you buy a few tins at a time.
    are you eating the spinach raw or in cooked foods? if cooked try frozen spinach. I just defrost a couple of blocks, give them a squeeze and bung them in curries and stuff.
    one last thought on chillies... if for a chilli con carne I use the dried crushed ones, a big bag of them , again in ethnic aisle, work well and last for ages. I just use fresh ones for lightly cooked dishes where the fresh zing of them is wanted.


    I now want chilli and crusty bread oh well, stew and dumplings tonight it is
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 27th Feb 18, 11:35 AM
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    I just put your shopping minus the bread and the mince into lidl and it came to £23.77

    They do sell gluten free bread and good mince, but for some reason its not showing

    Don't waste money on breasts if making a curry, thighs are the cheapest plus they don't dry out so can handle a longer slow cook. Just skin and bone them yourself, takes minutes ( fry the skin and feed to the birds)

    Get dried chillies, the ones out of an asian supermarket are usually the cheapest In fact whilst there buy ground cumin, coriander, turmeric. paprika and garam masala and make your own curry. Those are the main base spices that will make you curries for months. You just add the chillies or not for the heat
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    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 27th Feb 18, 11:52 AM
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    I like purplebats idea of growing chillis!
    • ploppy57
    • By ploppy57 27th Feb 18, 2:24 PM
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    Well I can tell you how to spend a fortune for one person then maybe you'll feel better about the £20!

    I am trying the same to eat healthy and cheap but strictly no gluten for medical reasons.
    I'm working to get a handle on my food spending which was completely unmonitored and am working on a weekly food plan unfortunately it's too high. Here my last bill:

    1 Aleyna Red Roasted Peppers (480g) £1.40
    1 Cadbury Drinking Chocolate Hot Chocolate £2.00
    1 Genius Gluten Free Triple Seeded Sandwich Loaf £2.80
    1 M savers Red Kidney Beans (400g) £0.30
    1 Morrisons Chickpeas (300g) £0.45
    1 Morrisons Chopped Tomatoes £1.36
    1 Morrisons Easy Cook Basmati Rice £1.51
    1 Morrisons Ripen at Home Bananas £0.94
    1 Patak's Madras Curry Paste £2.28

    1 Cathedral City Extra Mature Cheese £2.00
    1 Cravendale Semi Skimmed Milk £1.75
    1 M savers Cooked Chicken Pieces £2.00
    1 Morrisons Braeburn Apples Pack £1.40
    1 Morrisons British Turkey Meatballs £2.36
    1 Morrisons Chicken Breast Fillets £5.94
    1 Morrisons Free Range Eggs Large £1.97
    1 Morrisons Market St British Minced Beef 12 % Fat £2.87
    2 Morrisons Mixed Chillies £1.00
    2 Morrisons Salad Onions £1.00
    1 Morrisons Single Cream £1.00
    1 Morrisons Spinach £1.18
    1 bag onions £1
    Fresh tomatoes 70p

    Essentially two chicken with Spinach meals,two turkey meatballs with veg sauce, large curry and large chilli con carne. Fruit and chicken sanwidges.

    I realise fourty quid is more like a months food for a lot of people on here so I'm open to suggestions
    Originally posted by Sir_Robin

    Chicken breast is definitely expensive. Much better to buy a whole chicken.


    Have you tried shopping at L*dl or Ald*? Much cheaper on a lot of things.
    I must admit I love Mr M's but also find some of it expensive.
    Find that it is cheaper for me to go to several shops and get bits in each, luckily we have them all close together.


    Kidney beans were 26p in £stretcher last week
    Own brand milk normally cheaper than Cravendale
    Frozen mince is normally cheaper


    I have also just gone GF and the price of bread amazes me....I buy if I see them on YS or something and freeze. Got 2 reduced from £2.80 to £2.10, so good saving there. I always freeze them anyway as only have 2 slices a day as toast, so it keeps much better. Have found that Mr S's is one of the best own brands and also cheaper than Genius.
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    • mickeymouse303
    • By mickeymouse303 27th Feb 18, 2:26 PM
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    Def go with frozen fruit and veg where you can. Also I'd recommend buying foods like rice, pasta, quinoa, lentils and tinned foods like chickpeas, kidney beans etc - they're cheap, filling and you can make so many great meals with them.
    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 27th Feb 18, 2:33 PM
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    Another one here who only buys GF bread on YS of at least 50% off and usually more.
    As this thread is about really healthy eating too, the list of ingredients on GF products is appalling and it is full of gum and unhealthy very highly processed carbs. I rarely eat it.

    Besan flour is cheap. learn to make flatbreads instead. Much cheaper. Much healthier and much cheaper.

    Also buy turkey mince and make your own meatballs. Cheaper and nicer.
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