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Healthy, tasty & easy recipes on a budget

Ahoy there busy mums! You don't need bags of time, experience & money to make great meals. Check out my easy-to-follow tasty and easy budget recipes. When you feel the pinch look out for 'Credit Munch' recipes. Delicious, nutritious and easy budget recipes below £1.25 per serving!



Easy Cherry and Almond Muffins

These cherry and almond muffins are so easy to make and taste absolutely delicious. Fresh or frozen cherries work well in this recipe. Sprinkle them with flaked almonds before you pop them in the oven for extra crunch. If you like cherry bakewell you'll enjoy these.

Easy Cherry and Almond Muffins: Makes 6 (easily doubled):

Time:  15 mins prep + 25 mins baking 
Cost:  19p per serving
Calories:  253 per serving

  • 175g self raising flour, sifted 
  • 55g caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50g melted butter
  • 1 medium egg, whisked, at room temperature
  • 100ml milk at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon natural almond extract
  • 85g fresh or frozen cherries, pitted and halfed
  • 1 tablespoon flaked almonds to decorate (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 / 190 / 170 fan.
  2. Line a 6 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  3. Place the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and mix until well combined.
  4. In another bowl or jug, mix the butter, egg, milk and almond extract.
  5. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. 
  6. Fold the mixture together carefully using a metal spoon until just combined.
  7. Add the cherries and stir again gently to distribute evenly.
  8. Spoon the mixture evenly into the paper cases and sprinkle over the flaked almonds.
  9. Bake for around 25 minutes until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.
  10. Transfer onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

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Mini Quiches with a Ham Crust

I love quiche but the pastry puts me off making them, because of the fat content and faff. Simply replacing the pastry with a slice of ham makes them super easy to make and more healthy. I use a muffin tin to make these mini quiches which cook really quickly. You can line the muffin tin with paper cases to save washing up. They are great for picnics and parties.

I use a simple quiche filling (milk, eggs and cheese) along with some broccoli. If you chop the broccoli fairly small there is no need to pre-cook it. I made these in my lesson last week as they are great make with kids. Serve with a new potatoes and salad for a speedy summer dinner.

Mini Quiches with a Ham Crust: Makes 12:

Time:  15 mins prep + 15 mins cooking
Cost:  29p per mini quiche
Calories:  96 per mini quiche

  • Butter or oil for greasing OR 12 paper muffin cases
  • 12 slices wafer thin ham
  • 120g broccoli florettes, chopped fairly small
  • 4 large eggs, whisked
  • 100g mature cheddar cheese. finely grated 
  • 180ml whole milk (or half single cream and half milk for a creamy taste)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 / 190 / 170 fan.
  2. Using butter or oil, grease inside the holes of a 12 hole muffin tin really well OR use 12 paper cases (see notes above).
  3. Line each hole in the muffin tin with a slice of ham to make a cup shape. Don't worry if they are a bit 'frilly' around the edges, they will take shape when they have their filling.
  4. Distribute the broccoli evenly into the 'ham cups'.
  5. Whisk together the eggs, cheese and milk really well. Season to taste with salt and pepper and whisk again. Go easy on the salt as cheese and ham are usually quite salty.
  6. Carefully spoon the eggy mixture into each of the 'ham cups' so each is full and the mixture is evenly distributed. Don't worry if spills over the side a little bit.
  7. Bake for around 15 minutes or until completely set. Leave to cool a little before eating. They can be eaten warm or cold. Great with new potatoes and salad.

TIP: For a vegetarian version, replace the ham with a bread crust. Take a slice of bread, cut off the crusts and roll it flat with a rolling pin. Use the bread to line in the same way you would use the ham. No need to pre-bake, the bread crust works really well.

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Pastrami Salad Sandwich #CookOffBeforeKickOff

American Style Pastrami Salad Sandwich - spicy pastrami, tangy Swiss cheese, sour gherkins, juicy tomatoes and crunchy lettuce sandwiched between Warburtons deli thins.

Time:  10 minutes
Cost:  £1.48 per sandwich
Calories:  289 per sandwich

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Turkey Feijoada

To celebrate the world cup, here's my recipe for Brazilian Turkey Feijoada - lighter and healthier than traditional feijoada. It's easy to make, inexpensive and great social food.

Time:  20 mins prep + 40 mins cooking
Cost:  £1.30 per serving
Calories:  433 per serving

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Asian Duck Salad with Hoisin Dressing

This Asian Duck Salad with Hoisin Dressing is perfect for a special alfresco dinner in the summer. The flavour combination is absolutely delicious.

Time:  Around 25 minutes start to finish
Cost:  £2.71 per serving
Calories:  351 per serving

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Deconstructed Chilli Philly Sandwich

Take a block of Philadelphia soft cheese. Pour over sweet chilli sauce. Scoop it up and eat. No cooking, no utensils, no washing up. What's not to love?

Time:  5 minutes
Cost:  32p per serving
Calories:  89 per serving

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