· Shepherd’s Pie
A traditional British dish that has everything in one casserole dish and doesn’t need anything added. Tasty ground meat with vegetables and mashed potato on top all baked in the oven. It will keep in the fridge for a long time, is easily heated up and is super easy to portion out.
2. Broccoli, Cheese & Rice Casserole
This recipe can easily be made vegetarian if you like and is a complete meal in one dish. It’s easy to make and filling.
3. Macaroni & Cheese
Mac and cheese is one of those things that can be really simple and cheap if you like, or can be more expensive and elaborate if you prefer, it’s all about what kind of cheese you use and how much of it you put in. You can use whatever you have, but a good mac & cheese (in my opinion, anyway) needs a nice sharp cheddar, but you can use whatever you have in the fridge or is on offer.
4. Chili Con Carne
A good chili is always a crowd pleaser, and this recipe is no different. It’s one of those great meals where you don’t have to have the exact amount of the right ingredients, its strong flavors mean you can swap and change things like the spices if you don’t happen to have the right one in the cupboard for something you do have. However, make sure you use plenty of salt to bring out the flavor (tasting as you add) and I always make sure to sprinkle in some sugar to give it a nice rounded taste.
Stew is great because as long as you have some onion and some veggies you can make something tasty. If you want a meat-based stew you can use the cheapest cuts available as the slow cooking time will leave the meat soft and tender no matter where it comes from on the animal. There’s a nice recipe here but you can make it cheaper by leaving out the wine or substituting almost any ingredient for what you have in the house
Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t help out the people you care about. Grieving families will always appreciate any nourishing food you are able to bring them. So, cook something you can afford and cook it with love, the family will see that you’ve put your heart into it and appreciate what you’ve done for them.
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