Easy Family Meal Ideas For Those On A Budget

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Many people are feeling the financial pinch these days thanks to the unfairness of the current system. Food banks are busier than ever before. Desperate people, who are shouldering an unfair amount of the burden to repay debts created by others, must ask for  food donations to feed their loved ones. it is a shocking state of affairs that one of the richest countries in the world should allow this to happen.
Now people are looking for ways to make meals cheaply and easily. Doing so doesn’t mean that they cannot enjoy good food; they just need to broaden their culinary horizons to produce fine food easily.
Here are a couple recipes my old grandmother used to make that have been handed down through generations.
Beef Wellington
People either love or hate beef wellington. It is an interesting meal where a fillet of beef is covered with puff pastry and baked. Some say that the meat is not cooked enough, and others judge it as being perfect. Try this recipe for yourself and see what your family think. Here are the ingredients for my simple version.

  • Two pound fillet of beef.
  • One pound of puff pastry
  • Egg White
  • Seasoning
  1. Place the fillet of beef in a roasting tin with a little olive oil and cook in the oven on gas mark seven, two hundred and twenty degrees centigrade for fifteen minutes.
  2. Roll out about one third of the puff pastry and place it on a baking tray.
  3. Place the beef onto the pastry
  4. Roll out the rest of the pastry and place it gently over the beef.
  5. Seal the edges of the pastry and trim it where they join.
  6. Brush the pastry with the egg white and place it back into the oven for a further twenty minutes until the pastry is golden.
  7. Let it stand for five minutes before serving.

Corned Beef Hash
Corned beef hash is easy to make and uses whatever ingredients are to hand. The two main parts are corned beef and potato. Here’s how to make it.

  • Corned beef.
  • Potatoes.
  • Butter


  • Peas.
  • Carrots
  • Bacon
  • Onion
  1. Peel. chop and boil the potatoes for twenty minutes until soft.
  2. Add some butter and mash them until smooth.
  3. Break the corned beef into the potato and mix it together.
  4. Fry some sliced onion and add it to the hash
  5. Boil the peas and carrots and add them to the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Put the hash into a large frying pan, greased with butter, and cook it for ten minutes. Put the frying pan under the grill to cook the top.
  7. Serve.

Make this simple meal in any quantity required. It involves no baking, so it is very difficult to get wrong. The ingredients are very cheap and so it is ideal for those who are finding times hard. It is served either with gravy or the sauce of your choosing; tomato sauce is a firm favourite with children.
During the second world war, corned beef hash was a good hearty meal for both the soldiers abroad and their families left behind. Maybe a little wartime spirit is needed in this country at the moment, where we all come together to help each other rather than deriding those who have fallen on hard times.  Bon appetite!

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