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10 budget-friendly recipes you’ll love in Eat Well For Less: Happy & Healthy

by Alice Palmer Brown

published on 6 May 2022

Three years since the release of the last Eat Well For Less cookbook and accompanying BBC series, the budget cooking experts are back just when we need them most. With the cost of living rising steeply and families across the UK tightening their purse strings, their brand-new cookbook, Happy & Healthy, is a timely resource for navigating soaring food costs and is packed full of nifty tips for getting the most out of your supermarket shop. You’ll learn how to transform your leftovers, make quick and nutritious meals, get kitchen confident and create dishes that will leave you satisfied without breaking the bank. 
 
Packed with eighty varied and stress-free recipes, from speedy brunches, meat-free lunches, breakfasts and three-ingredient desserts, Eat Well For Less: Happy & Healthy is a must-have for busy families who want to stick to a budget. Here are ten recipes we can’t wait to try, from cookies made with store cupboard staples to veg-packed pasta. 

Blueberry Oat and Orange Snack Bars

Blueberry, Oat and Orange Snack Bars

by Jo Scarrat-Jones
from Eat Well For Less: Happy & Healthy

Ground ginger and orange give a fresh, zingy flavour to these blueberry oat snack bars. These tasty treats can keep in the fridge for up to three days or you can freeze them for up to three months. Bake a batch at the start of the week and pop them into lunchboxes.

One-pan Spicy Eggs

One-pan Spicy Eggs

by Jo Scarrat-Jones
from Eat Well For Less: Happy & Healthy

Leave the hard work to the stove with this simple one-pan brunch dish. Just add sourdough or pita for dipping in the oozy eggs and mopping up the spicy tomato sauce.

Mushroom and Lentil Pie

Mushroom and Lentil Pie

by Jo Scarrat-Jones
from Eat Well For Less: Happy & Healthy

Chestnut mushrooms and lentils combine to give this vegetarian pie a really meaty feel. And by swapping out the pastry topping for a root veg mash, this pie not only tastes the part but is nutritious too.

Hidden Greens Pasta

Hidden Greens Pasta

by Jo Scarrat-Jones
from Eat Well For Less: Happy & Healthy

At first glance, this dish might look like your average pesto pasta but hidden in that vibrant green sauce are plenty of healthy veg. Leeks, kale and peas are blended together with mature cheddar to create a creamy purée that will help you sneak vegetables past any picky eaters.

Lamb tagine

Layered Lamb and Veg Tagine

by Jo Scarrat-Jones
from Eat Well For Less: Happy & Healthy

The trick to this speedy take on a North African tagine is to layer the ingredients in the order they’re listed so they all steam-cook together. Prepped and ready on the table within 40 minutes, this warming, spiced dish is a midweek winner with plenty of flavour.

Strawberry Fool

Strawberry Fool

by Jo Scarrat-Jones
from Eat Well For Less: Happy & Healthy

This five-minute strawberry fool is the perfect recipe to have up your sleeve for when you want to make a dessert fast. Made using only three simple ingredients, it’s a true celebration of strawberries.

Spicy Rice with Ham

Spicy Rice with Ham

by Jo Scarrat-Jones
from Eat Well For Less: Happy & Healthy

Add some colour and flavour to your midweek repertoire with this spicy rice dish that’s packed full of vegetables and flavoured with spices and fresh herbs.

Beef teriyaki

Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry

by Jo Scarrat-Jones
from Eat Well For Less: Happy & Healthy

Inspired by the Japanese dish, this quick and easy fakeaway marries tender beef and crunchy veg in a sweet and savoury teriyaki sauce.

Smoked Fish Burgers with Peri Peri Chips

by Jo Scarrat-Jones
from Eat Well For Less: Happy & Healthy

Mixed with cooked spiced spelt, these burgers are an excellent alternative to a classic fish burger and have the perfect chewy and light texture. They look great and, better yet, can be on the table in half an hour. Win.

Store Cupboard Cookies

by Jo Scarrat-Jones
from Eat Well For Less: Happy & Healthy

Having a well-stocked store cupboard means you can always pull a meal together or even quickly whip up a batch of cookies when a biscuit craving strikes. Using oats instead of flour in this recipe means they’ll keep you fuller for longer and have a moreish flapjack-style consistency.

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