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Savvy mum reveals how to make your food shopping last under lockdown

por Kathryn Yamada (2020-05-23)


A savvy mother-of-two has revealed how to make the most of every single ingredient to make your food shop last as long as possible.

Laura Swain, 28, from Weston-Super-Mare, who is a full-time career for her son who has a chromosome deletion 15q.11.2, says that focusing on being as savvy as possible with her food shop helps her ward off anxiety and stay positive.

Laura's tips and 인터넷카지노 tricks involve stretching a £4 chicken out into three different meals by bulking it out with vegetables.

'I always write a shopping list before I go, listing out the ingredients you need for each meal and I also write out meals I could use with the leftovers,' she said, speaking to money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk. 






Laura Swain, 28, from Weston-Super-Mare, has shared her top tips on how to make the most out of every ingredient to make your food shop last as long as possible. Pictured, with her son 







The savvy homeowner's tips include stretching a £4 chicken (pictured) out into three different meals by bulking it out with vegetables and pulses







By being as savvy as possible with her food shop, Laura rustles up everything from a roast chicken dinner (pictured) to chicken noodle soup


'I wrap leafy or green vegetable in kitchen roll as I find then they can last up to a week. I buy whole cuts of meat so I can stretch them into different meals.

'For example, one large chicken costs £4 and I can make three family meals bulked out with store cupboard essentials and vegetables.






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'For example, one large roast chicken made a roast dinner, a chicken pasta bake and some chicken noodle soup.

'Roast chicken can be shredded and makes it go so much further especially when you bulk meals out with veggies. 






Amongst the other meals Laura makes from one large chicken is a delicious pasta bake (pictured)







Laura makes three family meals bulked out with store cupboard essentials and vegetables. Pictured, chicken noodle soup







Laura says roast chicken (pictured) can be shredded which makes it go so much further especially when you bulk meals out with veggies


'Another time, I roasted a large gammon joint and made a roast dinner, pulled gammon in rolls and made gammon, egg and chips.

'When I'm cooking with mince, I use lentils to bulk it out and make extra portions to freeze for another day.

'It's good to get clever with leftovers as well, like making a big batch of spaghetti bolognese, which can be turned into a chili easily the next day just by adding chili powder and bulking up with some kidney beans or baked beans.'

Laura, who shares her recipes on Instagram at @lauras.edit, says that being under lockdown has meant she has to be extra creative about cooking and preparing food, and that in the process, it's saved her money.

'I've been making my boys graze platters for lunch from random bits in the fridge, freezer and cupboards,' she added. 'They absolutely love it and it feels like a treat. Things like crackers, ham, cheese, fruits, vegetables and biscuits.






Laura says being as savvy as possible with her food shop helps her ward off anxiety and stay positive. Pictured, 







Laura claims to have saved £7 a week by buying a large chicken and dividing it up into three different meals, rather than purchasing two big packets of chicken breast. Pictured, chicken pasta







The thrifty mother also advises getting clever with leftovers so that no food goes to waste. Pictured, gammon roast dinner


'Before lockdown I would spend £11 on two big packets of chicken breast to do three family meals but by cooking a large roast chicken for £4 and bulking them out I've saved myself £7 a week on chicken alone.'

'I've been teaching myself in lockdown how to cook everything from scratch from watching videos online.

She continued: 'As a busy mum of a five-year-old with a chromosome disorder and a one-year-old I find this helps my anxiety and give me something positive to focus on.

'It makes me feel proud, thrifty and that I'm making the most of being in lockdown.'

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk commented: 'In everyday life, but especially during lockdown, making every pound stretch as far as possible is vital.

'Laura's tips are invaluable: bulking out more expensive buys like chicken or mince with lentils and vegetables can make meals last as long as possible, and will make sure your family is eating healthily too!'






Laura has also roasted a large gammon joint and made a roast dinner, pulled gammon in rolls and made gammon, egg and chips (pictured)




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