Looking for substantial and hearty winter warmers this dark and frosty January? Look no further!
Below are five budget friendly recipes that are sure to not only leave you feeling delightfully satisfied but will also never break the bank.
As the wintery evenings loom over us, low budget winter recipe ideas are certainly welcomed with open arms.
Up first, The Happy Pear supply the perfect low budget vegan stew with its’ main ingredients being sweet potato, bean and spinach leaving you full of wholesome goodness at a tiny cost. This recipe serves 5, takes approximately 25 minutes to make and freezes excellently so you can cook it in bulk if you fancy a few nights off cooking or a busy period comes along. A top tip from the Happy Pear lads themselves is to cook the sweet potatoes with the skin on as they as they are a great source of slow releasing carbohydrates.
The sausage casserole from Australia’s best recipes is a firm favourite among many. Whip up this flavoursome low-cost meal for six with ease. This recipe takes slightly longer than the others, as it needs to cook in the oven for 30 minutes, but it certainly is worth it. The addition of rashers and the French onion soup mix makes it burst with flavours and leaves your pallet feeling fulfilled.
Quinoa with stir-fried winter veg from BBC good food is a perfectly nutritious vegan winter dinner. Have you ever been tired of alternating between pasta and rice? Quinoa is a brilliant addition to your diet as it is rich in protein, low-fat, gluten-free, and dairy free, so the health benefits are excellent. It only takes 15 minutes to prepare, 15 minutes to cook and serves four.
Up next, also from BBC good food, the pork noodle stir fry is sure to tickle your fancy with its mouth watering flavours. This is a quick and easy recipe taking only 30 minutes, making it an ideal mid-week meal for when you are on the go and busy. This dish bursts with flavour from the ginger, garlic, sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce to the pork and stir-fried veg. Again, this serves four but double the quantity if you would like to stock up the freezer and just make the noodles fresh if you please.
Soup is a staple winter delight that warms you up instantly during the cold winter months whilst also providing your body with tonnes of vitamins which is great to help boost your immunity. It is also low cost and very simple to make. Jamie Oliver provides us with 50 gorgeous winter soup recipes from minestrone to red lentil, sweet potato and coconut soup, there is something for everyone. My personal favourites are the leek and potato soup as well as the Thai inspired vegetable broth.
The links for all the recipes are listed down below. They will direct you from start to finish and give you top tips too. Be sure to try these deliciously wholesome meals this winter!