Phil Vickery reveals his top tips for cooking up great-value and inventive meals — plus win a £15,000 cottage – The Sun


Cooking new an exciting meals on the cheap doesn’t have to be difficultCredit: Getty – Contributor


Phil Vickery reveals some of his top tips for cooking delicious but cost-efficient mealsCredit: Rex Features

Phil’s easy, tasty recipes prove that you can enjoy food, be healthy and save pounds. Here are some of his top tips when it comes to money-saving meals . . .

VEGGIE SAVINGS: Cottage pie is a firm family favourite in many households, and Phil rates adding frozen veg to keep prices down. He says: “Frozen veg is really good value for money and always available, plus I love frozen mash! Let the purists sneer!”

Giselle says: Try Birds Eye Hearty Farmhouse Vegetables, currently two bags for £3 at Tesco, usually £2 per bag.

FISH & CHIPS: A Friday night favourite, you can make your own on the cheap simply by switching from cod. Phil also rates using frozen fish as it’s less costly and also works fantastically for fish cakes.

Phil says: “I do like using frozen fish, not only is it far cheaper and more convenient than fresh, but you can also find some great quality products. For fish and chips, I use a 100g fillet of skinned, boneless frozen pollock per person. Its roughly half, sometimes a third of the price of cod.”

Giselle says: Try Sainsbury’s Basics White Fish Pollock Fillets, £2.20 for 520g — cheaper and just as tasty as their cod steaks, which are £4 for the same weight.

PERFECT PASTA SAUCE: Phil says: “I often use peppers in jars for recipes such as these — they are great value for money and really good quality.”

Giselle says: Phil’s right — jars of peppers have a long shelf life and are great for adding flavour to speedy dinners. I like Aleyna Roasted Red Peppers, £1.45 from Asda.

TINS FOR THE WIN: Phil’s spicy sweet corn and fusilli pasta recipe has been very popular as you only need a tin of sweetcorn, pasta and cupboard staples to make a dinner for four for just £1.25! “I was told this recipe wasn’t ‘cheffy’ enough when I did this on TV,” he tells me. “But everyday ingredients can make a delicious meal.”

Giselle says: Buy an extra tin or two when you do the big shop, especially when they’re on offer and that way you always have a standby meal. At the moment, Green Giant Sweetcorn is just £2 for four tins, usually £2.74, at Morrisons.


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