It’s the New Year and if you’re anything like us, you’re still feeling the repercussions of a busy Christmas.
Whether it’s all that food you’ve eaten, all the parties you’ve hosted and attended, or all the money you’ve spent, sometimes Christmas leaves you and your purse feeling partied out.
But just because you might have spent a little bit more than you expected over the festive period, it doesn’t mean you have to skimp on your meals. You can still eat like kings and queens without having to spend a fortune to get quality dinners.
We’ve put together a list of yummy family meals that are delicious, budget-friendly and many of the ingredients you'll already have. So scour the cupboards, get your baking trays out and get cooking!
James Martin’s sausage cassoulet
Filled with cannellini beans, Extra Special pork sausages and cut chopped tomatoes this is a luxury take on your average sausage and beans, without the hefty price tag. Most of the ingredients such as garlic, sausages and carrots will more than likely already be in your cupboard or freezer and adding other leftover things - such as spinach and potatoes - will only add to the flavour! This one pot wonder is flexible depending on your preferences and it's sure to amaze!
Lentil spaghetti bolognese
It's a veggie delight which is packed with all the flavours for less dosh. This dish is filled with tomatoes, mushrooms and onions but you can always add in more vegetables (or less) depending on your preference. The addition of spaghetti helps to bulk up the dinner and make it go further, meaning you'll have lunch sorted for the following day!
No-knead sourdough pizza
It looks great, the kids will love getting stuck in and this dough is easy to make into a yummy pizza base. You can load it with different toppings, depending on your preference, or pile the dough with leftover meat and vegetables if it takes your fancy. This cost effective pizza is sure to win your heart and your purse will thank you for it too!
Quinoa and beetroot burger
Less heavy than a beef burger, and filled with flavour and texture, these veggie burgers are sure to be your next dinner winner. The kids will love the colour, and getting involved with shaping the burgers. Serve with coleslaw, salad and in a bun, of course.
Is there anything more comforting than tucking into a bowl of steaming, gooey macaroni cheese? This family favourite has a little kick of mustard to add a hit of flavour. The dish serves six, so ideal for a big family, but also makes for delicious leftovers if there's just two or three of you. Macaroni cheese is delicious as it is, but you could be experimental and add in some extra veg into the bake to make it go even further.
Speedy squash and spinach curry
Ultra-quick if you need to eat now, but a fast make-ahead dish, too. The spicy flavours in this squash and spinach curry develop so it tastes even better the next day. It tastes great with just vegetables but if you felt like something was missing throw some leftover chicken or meat into the equation for a quick fix.
Sweet potato & broccoli quiche
While this impressive quiche seems like lots of work, looks are deceiving. Whip this up in only three steps to satisfy hungry mouths. Do the family always want seconds? Don’t worry, there’s plenty to go around. Or if not it will last until the following day meaning you can tuck into this tasty delight for your lunch.