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Cheap Food Tuesday: Every week I breakdown the exact cost of one of the meals I’ve cooked for either breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is to prove once and for all that eating delicious, nutritious, well-balanced meals doesn’t need to break the bank with your food choices – in fact, the opposite!
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By planning my meals each week and using whole food such as vegetables, eggs, and ethically-sourced meat, I create delicious meals that fit my health and fitness goals, on a completely achievable budget – if you haven’t set your budget yet, check out my simple tips here.
This week’s Cheap Food Tuesday meal breakdown:
Chicken Red Pesto Pasta
I love a big bowl of pasta after a hard workout, and this chicken pasta topped with red pesto and feta cheese perfectly hits the spot, providing a healthy dose of protein, carbohydrates and fats for a perfectly balanced, nutritious meal that costs less than a £1 to put together.
Tesco Chicken Breast
Meal cost: 100g = 0.57p
Sainsburys Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
Meal Cost: 15g (1tbsp) = 0.08p
Casarecce pasta (although any will work!)
Tesco Caserecce Pasta
Meal Cost: 75g = 0.08p
Sainsburys Basic Mushrooms
Meal cost: 30g = ~3p
Sainsbury’s Young Leaf Spinach
Meal Cost: Small handful (10g~) = 5p
Sainsburys Grek Feta
Meal Cost: 20g = 12p
Total Meal Cost: ~0.78p
This meal is not only cheap – it takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and cook, so makes the perfect weekday dinner!
Tip: This pasta dish is super versatile – add in tofu for a vegetarian option, top with cheddar instead of feta for a more mellow flavour, and use any pasta you’ve got in the cupboard – in my opinion, pesto works well with any type!