The woman shares recipes that can feed families for just £ 10 a week

As the cost of living crisis continues, one woman revealed how people can feed their families on as little as £ 10 a week.

Grace Mortimer, 29, has created recipes that can feed up to four people for just 22p per person.

The mother of one of them shares the recipes on her Instagram page, @_MyFirstMeals, and says she got the idea when she worried about how she and the others would deal with the cost of living crisis this winter.

“I’m very worried about the cost of living crisis for my own family, it’s terrifying,” the author of the Gloucester cookbook. My first meals She said.

“Luckily we can heat our home and eat, but I know many people have to choose between the two. It’s just awful.

He continued: “It’s very depressing and it’s not getting better when it’s colder. I just want to help people who are on a really tight budget.

“I love cooking, so it seemed like a good way to help. People can’t believe how much food you can make for just £ 10. “

Mortimer says her weekly budget was £ 50 to feed herself, her husband Tom, and their six-year-old son, but that has dropped since she started cooking cheaper meals.

Mortimer’s meals contain a small number of ingredients and are simple to cook, requiring no extravagant or expensive cooking equipment.

It publishes five meals a week that feed a family of four, with leftovers from lunch to get them through the work and school week.

For example, from September 27 to October 1, it posted five meals totaling just £ 8.89.

They were Bolognese Bake (£ 2.57), Cajun Rice (£ 1.69), Veggie Pie (£ 1.75), Chilli Con Carne (£ 1.66) and Veggie Pizzas (£ 1.22).

Mortimer consulted with specialists and food banks to make his meals easy, nutritious and to make sure he used ingredients readily available in people’s homes.

Mortimer consulted with specialists and food banks to make his meals easy and nutritious (SWNS)

The prices are all based on Aldi, because the other basic supermarket ranges are all matched to the store price, Mortimer explained.

He added: “I think £ 10 is the lower limit, either you start having to cut out important food groups like protein or eat less, neither of which is a good idea.

“I just wanted to encourage people with the lowest budgets. And it’s simple, not too verbose and with just a few steps, so people can do it without worrying about making mistakes and wasting ingredients “.

He added that he has not yet extended his recipes to the weekend, but that he would like to receive the recipes in the school newsletters.

“I would like the government to promote things like this through public messages,” he added.

Baked Bolognese recipe

Serve: eight.

Cost: £ 2.57 in total, or 32p per person.


  • Half a pack of celery (14p)

  • Tin of chopped tomatoes (28p)

  • 1 pack of 500 g of Pasta (65p)

  • Half a pack of ground beef (250g) (90p)

  • 100 g of grated cheese (60p)


Turn on the oven at 180 ° C.

Fry the mince in a pan with a little oil.

Coarsely chop the celery and once the mince is browned, add the celery and brown it for a few minutes.

Then add the chopped tomatoes and fill the empty mold with water, adding that too.

Cook until the sauce has become thick and then turn off the heat to thicken further.

Add some cheese to the sauce and stir until it melts. Season if you wish.

Meanwhile, boil the pasta according to the instructions on the package, drain and set aside.

Combine the pasta and the sauce and pour it into a large plate.

Sprinkle the surface with the remaining cheese and bake at 180 ° C for 30 minutes.

You can follow Mortimer and find more recipes on @_my first meals.

Additional reporting by SWNS

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