I was brought up on the maxim that feeding dessert saves money and this is true. It is cheap to make an apple crumble from apples from our tree and that means that the main course is less expensive. Of course, often dessert was fruit but changing to having dessert as mainly uncooked fruit costs more. Yes, we can plant more fruit bushes and plan to do this but they won't produce instantly.
It also seems that the cheaper main courses are stuffed full of saturated fat: quiche, home made pizza, lentil bake and homity pie. They all contain either pastry, cheese or both!
So what have we done?
- Planted more. Younger daughter wanted to help with the Family Diet so she has planted salad.
- Frozen vegetables are often much cheaper than fresh. We are keeping more bags of frozen veg in the freezer.
- Tried to sort out some new meals. I've not found any suitable veggie recipes that will be generally acceptable. Please let me know if you have any frugal veggie meals that are not high in fat.
- Added pulses to meat. We did this anyway but it means that it is necessary to use far less meat.
- Using fruit from the garden. Our blueberries only gave us a few berries as they are young plants but enough to enliven porridge and blackcurrants which were more plentiful have been used in the same way.
- Wild blackberries are now taking the place of the, almost ended, blueberries and blackberries.
Has anyone else done this sort of dietary transformation? Do you have any recipes that you recommend?