Sausage Goop – 58p – 74p per person

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This recipe’s actually my Mum’s – credit where it’s due. And it’s not so much of a recipe as a can of tomatoes, a tbsp of brown sugar, a chopped onion, a sausage per person, a tbsp of paprika and a tbsp of dried basil, coupled with whatever random vegetables are in your fridge. This is another great recipe for using up the lingering odds and ends, if soup or pasta don’t appeal.

In any case, I’ve priced it as I would with anything else so that if you feel so inclined, you can include it in your budget, rather than as an ‘oh poop I’ve got nothing in’ panic meal. As usual, prices are for Tesco via MySupermarket.

1 can of Tesco Value Tomatoes – 34p
1 tbsp oil/cooking fat – 2p
1 onion – 16p
1 clove garlic – 4p
4-8 sausages (I allow 1 per person, cut into rounds, so have priced accordingly) – 75p (based on half of one of the ‘2 packs for £3 offer’ on Tesco Butcher’s Choice sausages – 8 sausages per pack, valid on publication 17/6/15)
3 carrots – 23p
100g frozen sweetcorn – 10p
1 can of kidney beans – 30p
1 tbsp paprika – 6p
1 tbsp dried basil/mixed herbs – 1p
1 tbsp/50g brown sugar – 15p

Finely chop/mince your garlic, chop your onion and slice your sausages into rounds. Chop your carrots according to how you like them and throw the lot into a pan until the onions are soft. Drain and add to the pan. Add your chopped tomatoes, any water you need to make a fairly curry-like consistency and then throw in your herbs and seasoning. Five minutes before serving, add the sweetcorn.

This recipe feeds 4 adults with a side of rice (around 250g of dried rice – 13p). That makes it around 58p per person, including rice. Do bear in mind though, that this is using only 4 of the sausages, rather than 2 per person. Upping the meat content pushes this to 74p per head.

Really though, using any old vegetables left in the fridge is fine. Mushrooms work really well, as do peppers, and you can leave out the can of beans if you’ve got enough other bits.

What are your quick, easy go-to recipes?

— Farn ❤

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Thifty Lesley’s Tomato Scones – 5p per scone

These scones were something of a revelation in our house. They go with pretty much anything – cheese, ham, soup, chutney, mounds of melting butter when they’re straight from the oven… they’re everything a savoury scone should be, take only a few minutes to make and cost pennies. I don’t honestly think I could ask for more. Even if I wasn’t working to a budget, these would be a firm favourite.

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If you’ve not checked it out yet, take a look at Thrifty Lesley’s site – she’s been kicking-butt at the £1 a day challenge since before our facebook group was even a thing.

I’m not going to copy out the recipe because you can just click through for it (and give Lesley all the hits her awesome scones – and various other recipes -deserve). But I will say that these are child friendly, lunch-box friendly and are brilliant to make with toddlers. Cookie cutters mean you can con most fussy eaters into trying some – after all, who wouldn’t want to eat food shaped like a dinosaur? 😉 We made stars and flowers… Daughter was being a princess astronaut that day.

— Farn ❤