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Feeding The Family

Keeping your shopping bill down is getting harder and harder. According to, a basket of 24 staple items in August 2008 has gone up by 27% since the start of the year. Therefore, the Diva’s have come up with a few ideas to help you budget and avoid hefty food bills without compromising on healthy family meals.

Bringing certain foods such as potatoes back into our diet will certainly cut down on family food bills.  Baked potatoes are a great way to feed a family on a budget and they really fill you up. Add a topping such as cheese, beans, leftover chilli and a salad and hey presto a healthy balanced meal. Mashed potato is also a great way of making a meal go further which is why it's in great British staples like shepherd's pie and fish pie.  If families replace some meals that were rice or pasta-based with potatoes then their food budgets will go further."

The following ingredients are ones you should try and keep in stock. They should help you put something together for everyone to enjoy if you have not managed to go shopping or money is particularly tight.

You may find some of the ingredients are expensive initially but remember they will keep for a while which means they will be able to last a few meals.

Dried pasta shapes (any type)
• Dried / mixed herbs
• Onions
• Tinned Sweetcorn
Tins of Tuna
• Frozen peas
• Tins of Chopped Tomatoes
• Olive Oil

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