Super simple tips and ideas that will help you stretch a meal to feed more people – frugal and healthy!
How to bulk up a meal
If you’ve cooked up a panful of stew, curry, casserole or pasta sauce the easiest way to stretch this is to add a tin of beans or pulses, you can pick up tins of beans or pulses from the supermarket own brand ranges for as little as 30-40p. A tin of lentils easily mixes into bolognese sauce and the kids probably won’t even notice it’s there! We also love to mix tinned baked beans into sausage casseroles.
Add extra veggies to the meal
Dish up a smaller quantity of the main dish and add lots of veggies on the side – fresh or frozen work just as well here. Add a scoop of sweet potato and carrot mash, frozen broccoli and cauliflower mix and a big spoonful of peans and corn. Simple, quick and healthy.
During the summer or warmer months, try to get into the habit of serving a side salad – little dish of greens, pepper strips, cucumber strips, tomatoes all help fill people up.
Add a side of bread
This can be anything from a loaf of bread and butter alongside a dish of casserole, stew or egg and chips! To naan breads and flatbreads to go with spicier dishes and even a couple of cheap garlic baguettes with and Italian recipe will all stretch the meal out further.