‘I feed my family on less than £2’ says thrifty mum as she shares five easy dinners for parents on a budget

‘I feed my family on less than £2’ says thrifty mum as she shares five easy dinners for parents on a budget

A SAVVVY mum has revealed she is able to feed her family on less than £2 thanks to five budget-friendly recipes.

Grace Mortimer posts budget meal tips on her Instagram account @_myfirstmeals, which she started after hearing about families struggling to feed themselves during the cost of living crisis.

Grace can feed her family on less than £2Credit: SWNS
One of Grace’s £2 meals is a delicious soupCredit: SWNS

The 30-year-old even wrote a book about her budget recipes, which featured in the Sunday Times bestseller list.

Grace said she never compromises on flavor, even though her meals cost very little.

“With the cost of food at an all-time high right now, I think we’re all feeling the pinch,” the Gloucester mother told SWNS.

“My weekly grocery store price has gone up by 50 per cent on average. I shop at Aldi because I find it the cheapest.

“Plus other supermarkets match their prices, it makes creating a meal plan much easier for people who don’t have one nearby.”

One of Grace’s top tips is to stay away from branded products and buy supermarket own brands wherever possible.

She also advised searching the international food aisles in supermarkets, as she said these often carry products such as tinned tomatoes and coconut milk at a cheaper price.

The frugal mum also explained that it’s best to store leftovers separately.

She explained: “If you’ve made spaghetti Bolognese, don’t put the sauce and pasta in the same pot or bowl because your only option when it comes to using them is, well, spaghetti Bolognese!

Grace said she never compromises on flavorCredit: SWNS

“The pasta can be used in a pasta bake, for example, with some tinned tomatoes, bacon, steamed spinach, and mozzarella cheese.

“Bolognese sauce can be turned into a homemade pie using some leftovers or… Frozen Vegetables and topped with mashed potatoes.”

The mother-of-one added that shoppers should always be wary of supermarket ‘bargains’.

She said: “These products are usually backed by big brands and can appear to be great value, but below the ticket price on each shelf is the weight-to-price ratio, and sometimes it’s better to buy a different brand entirely or buy a specialty store if you need “Into several cans. Of something.”

The budget expert also said people should not look down on frozen vegetables.

“There’s no need to splurge on frozen vegetables, they’re great value, can keep longer, and often have a higher nutritional density than some fresh vegetables that have been sitting in cold storage for weeks,” she said.

The final tip for mothers is to use social media to look for inspiration for a budget meal.

Grace buys all her ingredients from AldiCredit: SWNS

She said: “It’s a great free resource full of recipe creators and the comments section is the equivalent of Trip Advisor!
“If it doesn’t work, you’ll be able to see if people are interested in it, it’ll probably be a great recipe!”

Here are Grace’s £2 meal ideas.

Ingredient prices are based on Aldi.

Seriously Garlicky Seafood Pasta


  • 500g pasta – 28p
  • 250g seafood sticks – 99p
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes – 35 b
  • 1 bulb of garlic – 16 b
  • 1 red onion – 12 p

Total = £1.90


Mince the garlic and chop the onion.

Add both to a large pot together oil Fry until golden.

Add the chopped tomatoes and leave until it boils.

Cut the seafood fingers and add them to the sauce.

Boil the spaghetti and after it is cooked, add it to the sauce.

Chicken, broccoli and potato pie

  • ingredients:
    1 whole broccoli – 75p
  • 2 baking potatoes – 25 p
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup – 67 b
  • Total = £1.67


Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Cut the broccoli and cut a potato into cubes.

Add the vegetables to an oiled frying pan and fry until the potatoes are crispy.

Place the vegetables in an oven dish, then pour the chicken soup over them and mix them together.

Cut the second potato into slices and place it on top of the pie.

Grease the potatoes with oil, then place the pie in the oven for 30 minutes until it becomes golden and crispy.

Grace wrote a book about her recipesCredit: SWNS

Roasted carrot and coconut soup with garlic bread


  • 1 can of coconut milk 79 EGP
  • 1 garlic baguette – 37p
  • 1 pot of broth – 25 p

Total = £2.07


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

We peel the carrots, cut them, and place them in a tray greased with a little oil.

Season with salt and pepper, then roast them for an hour.

Once the carrots are cooked, remove them and add them to the blender along with the coconut milk, stockpot and 500ml of boiling water.

Mix the ingredients until smooth, then add the mixture to the pot and leave it until it boils.

Place the garlic bread in the oven for 15 minutes, then serve it with soup.

Buttered bean flatbread


  • 1 can of drained chickpeas – 55 b
  • 1 can drained beans – 59 b
  • 1 red onion – 12 p
  • 500 ml plain yoghurt – 35 b
  • 2 cups self-raising flour – 40 m Total = £2.01


Heating more than 200 degrees.

Place the chickpeas in an oven tray greased with a little oil and grill them for 30 minutes.

Mix 400ml of yogurt with 2 cups of self-raising flour and combine them together to make a dough.

Turn oven to 200 degrees (fan).

Shape the dough into 8 flat balls on a floured surface.

Add them one by one to an oiled frying pan and fry on both sides until golden.

Chop the onion, add half to a frying pan and fry until crispy, before adding the butter beans.

When the mixture starts to dry, add some water to loosen it and break up the beans, then leave the mixture on low heat.

Add the other half of the onion to a bowl and add some salt to break it down into pickles.

Assemble the flatbread with the remaining yogurt, beans, chickpeas, and pickled onions.

Grace wants to help people affected by the high cost of living crisisCredit: SWNS

Crispy green pea gnocchi with breadcrumbs


  • 500g gnocchi – 99 p
  • 2 cups frozen peas – 40 b
  • 1 sliced ​​red onion – 12 lbs
  • 1 vegetable stock cube – 5 oz
  • 1 slice white bread, grated – 2 p

Total = £1.58


Add the peas, stock cube and 100ml water to the blender and blend until smooth.

Place the onions and gnocchi in an oiled pan and fry until crispy and golden.

Place the bread in an oiled pan, then fry it until it becomes crispy.

Add the sauce to the gnocchi and simmer before topping with crunchy breadcrumbs.

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