Eat well for less.

Cheap and cheerful doesn’t necessarily mean tasteless or lacking in nutrition. Anyone who wants to eat well – and/or feed a family – can do it without overspending. Eating well doesn’t mean you need to take on debt – you don’t need to use doorstep cash loans or a bad credit loan if you don’t have a healthy credit score just to have healthy food.

If you’re looking to economise on food right now then these are some top low budget recipe ideas to help you do it.

Spaghetti

This Italian staple should also be a store cupboard staple for anyone keen to prepare tasty food on a budget – particularly if you have lots of people to feed. The pasta itself is super cheap and you can make a sauce with onions, garlic, tomato puree and tinned tomatoes. If you can’t afford the minced beef for the sauce then use minced mushrooms instead – half the cost, lower in fat and super tasty too.

Shakshuka (baked eggs)

It sounds exotic (and tastes it too) but the reality is that Shakshuka is incredibly quick and cheap to make. Create a tomato sauce from tomatoes, onions and whatever leftover vegetables you have (e.g. kale or peppers) and add spices like cumin, paprika and chili (half a tsp each). Add your eggs (two per person) and bake until the whites are no longer see through. Serve with some toast or bread on the side.

Chickpea stew

Chickpeas are one of the cheapest options when it comes to packing your diet full of protein, especially when combined with rice. You can create a quick and cheap chickpea stew with a box of cherry tomatoes, garlic, ginger, a dash of cider vinegar and soy sauce and a spoonful of tahini. Alternatively, create a curry with tinned tomatoes, coconut cream and spices like cumin, coriander, ginger and garam masala. Serve with rice for a tasty and filling meal that costs very little to prepare – and which will keep for lunch tomorrow too.

Stir fry

The best thing about a stir fry is the versatility of being able to create a filling dish from whatever you have in the cupboards. Prawns, chicken or beef make a great basis for the stir fry – but, if you’re vegetarian or looking to keep it super cheap then a fully vegetable option is fine too. Slice up whatever vegetables you have available – peppers, mushrooms, onion, baby corn, leeks, kale, cabbage or carrots – and then fry with garlic and ginger and any meat or fish you want to use. Add honey, soy sauce and lime juice and then serve with noodles or rice.

Frittata

Eggs are inexpensive, good for you and very easy to combine with other ingredients to make a meal. A basic frittata requires eggs, onions and also some cheese for the top. You could add potatoes and peppers to yours – or, if you’re feeling adventurous, leftover pasta. Serve it with salad for a tasty meal that won’t break the bank.

Lemon baked fish

Fish is always viewed as an expensive ingredient but that’s only if you opt for the fish that is hard to find. There are plenty of cheaper fish that can be easily baked for a delicious meal – the key is to choose the type of fish available in your local area in abundance. If that’s a white fish then bake it with lemon and butter for a simple, delicious and cheap lunch or dinner that’s pretty healthy too.