One woman feeds entire family on £16.60 a week

Lorna Cooper buys meat and vegetables in bulk

Woman feeds whole family on £16.60 a week

A supersaver has revealed the secret to feeding her family for just 62p a portion, whilst serving up homemade favourites including lasange, curry and hearty stews.

Mum-on-a-mission Lorna Cooper spends less than £16.60 a week on food - yet manages to deliver her husband and four kids all of their favourite recipes - thanks to bulk buying meat and vegetables.

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Lorna buys all her meat from online food retailer MuscleFood.com - she pays £65 for one box - which lasts around six weeks.

She then supplements her delivery with fresh vegetables and store cupboard essentials often picked up from her local Sunday market - Blocharin in Glasgow - as well as promotions in Tesco and Aldi's weekly 'super six' deals.

The penny pincher from from Paisley, told Mirror Money she doesn't throw away any of her produce either, often using up often unwanted parts like bones, for stock.

It also saves her heaps of time, as she cooks all of her meat well ahead, and freezes it for weekday mealtimes.

'I was surprised at how much I saved'

Plan ahead: Lorna's delicious recipes include lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and even roast dinners


Among her list of MuscleFood ingredients were chicken breasts, various types of mince including beef and pork, braising steak and sausages.

Lorna said: "I've always watched what I've spent when it comes to the grocery bill and over the years have learnt a lot of different ways to make meals stretch further.

"I've definitely learnt that bulk ordering wholesome and healthy ingredients instead of regular trips to the shop is a great way to prep ahead and make food last."

"Even I was surprised at how much I managed to produce out of the ingredients I had but with a few small additions and some clever planning, I came out with 32 meals.

"From 400g of pork mince, I cooked up three meals. Bearing in mind each meal feeds five, that's 15 meals.

"After browning off the mince with onion and garlic, I added carrots, celery, peppers, fresh tomatoes and tinned tomatoes plus the usual seasonings.

"I then added 200g of lentils. The lentils made a massive difference to the quantity because of all the liquid and flavours they absorb.

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"So out of that pot, I made two lasagne and a huge pasta bolognaise. I thought the lentils might take away from the meaty taste – they didn't. The mix was delicious."

"Chicken breasts are another great ingredient which you can really stretch.

"I got 5kg in my MuscleFood.com hamper and from those made 13 big meals, feeding five people a portion. So enough to feed a total of 65 people in total.

"I use two chicken breasts for each meal and always dice them before I start. Smaller pieces absorb more of the flavour so make a tastier dish, and it looks as though there is a lot more.

"From the 25 chicken breast I had in my 5kg pack, I made dishes including chicken korma which I bulked up with cauliflower and broccoli, a classic chicken casserole, honey soy chicken, chicken and chorizo jambalaya and a chilli, garlic and chicken stir fry with plenty of veg."

Bulk out your meals - you'll save a fortune

Lorna says one box of MuscleFood meat lasts her family six weeks


Lorna continued: "It's all about bulking the meals up without losing the flavour or the meatiness of the dish. Vegetables are the obvious choice.

"Cauliflower, potatoes, carrots and celery are all perfect for bulking out a curry.

"Red lentils always work with anything pork based and for dishes where I'm using beef mince, I add in porridge oats.

"They go much better with something with a gravy base, like cottage pie. Grains like pearl barley are good too – beef and barley stew is delicious.

"By adding the extras, buying quality products and being creative with menus, you can certainly make meals stretch and without breaking the bank."

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