I made two dishes the other night that will see me through several meals, and all without any additional money being spent.
Make 4oz of shortcrust pastry. I used 1oz Trex and 1oz of Stork, combined with 4oz of plain flour and just enough water to make a nice firm dough.
I already had the items I used, but to break down the cost: pastry - 20p, bacon 28p, Cheddar 30p, double Gloucester 20p, eggs 85p. Total cost of quiche £1.83 and it divides into 8 decent portions, so about 23p per portion.
While I was preparing the quiche, I browned some beef mince that I'd found in the freezer. Once browned and the fat drained off, I added some mushrooms (also hiding in the freezer) and a jar of Asda's own brand Bolognese sauce with onions and garlic which I found in the cupboard. I also added a good slug of red wine, but that's entirely optional and was from a bottle I've had for ages and keep for cooking.
I know Bolognese is traditionally served with spaghetti, but I can't stand the stuff! I eat mine either with a jacket potato (which I didn't have) or on toast. I also served it up some cabbage that needed finishing. The remaining two portions of Bolognese will be put into containers and frozen for a later date.
I hope the above recipes ideas will help make your pennies stretch a bit further. Do have a look around your cupboards, fridge and freezer. It's amazing what's lurking in there!
Until next time. x