Who does not love a good way to save money on meals? As the prices of our everyday food goes up I am constantly trying to find ways to make both the food and our money go further. Back in March The Guardian reported that there had been a 2.3% rise in the price of everyday produce that we buy from the supermarket. I am sure that we are not the only family that is feeling the pinch! Despite trying to save money I also want to ensure that we are eating healthily. One food that is full of goodness but always seems to be quite expensive is fish. When I go shopping I always check out the reduced section and when they have fish I get stocked up!
Before I tell you all about my Fish Stew on a Budget recipe let me tell you how I save money on our meals...
- Use less meat/fish and bulk dishes up with vegetables, beans or grains such a pearl barley or lentils
- Always check out the reduced section in the supermarket
- Freeze any leftovers as they can be added to future meals
- Don't always go for the branded items, try the supermarket own brand and value brands
- Check the price of loose fruit and vegetables and compare as they are often cheaper than the pre packaged ones
- Visit the local independent greengrocer
- Compare prices between the supermarkets
- Visit bargain supermarkets such as Aldi or Lidl
- Before buying household items and toiletries check out the prices at discount home stores such as Home Bargains and b&m
- Take any money off vouchers with you
- Meal plan before you shop and write a list of what you need
Unfortunately there are always times when the numbers do not add up and we need a little help. Thankfully there is help out there from lenders such as Cash Lady but hopefully if you manage your finances and follow a few simple steps to save money you will not get into any long term debt!
Now back to this money saving recipe. This is what I did...
One Pot Fish Stew on a Budget
Ingredients - 8 servings
400g fish pie mix of white fish, smoked fish and salmon
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, halved and sliced
350g broccoli, cut into small florets
450g new potatoes or baby potatoes, halved and quartered
1 x 325g tin of sweetcorn
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
400mls fish stock
1 - Spray a covering of oil over a large saute pan
2 - Gently fry the chopped onion over a medium heat and cover the pan for 5 minutes to allow them to sweat
3 - Stir the onions and add the carrots and fish to the pan, continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently
4 - Pour over the fish stock, add the chopped tomatoes, broccoli florets, potatoes and sweetcorn and bring to the boil
5 - Reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer for 20 minutes before serving in a bowl with a slice of warm, crusty bread
This stew is so full of flavour thanks to the three variety of fish, the vegetables and the fish stock no further herbs were needed. It is a perfect meal for a cold evening, a real bowl of comfort!
What is even better is that you can enjoy a fish dish for a fraction of the price thanks to bulking it out with lots of beneficial vegetables! Healthy, delicious and a cheaper meal!
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Disclosure: This is a collaborative post