I hear a lot about how expensive ‘real’ food for kids is. There have even been surveys suggesting that ‘junk calories’ are cheaper than ‘healthy calories’ (in other words, you get to feel more full per £ spent by eating rubbish food than good food).
However, I’m not convinced that this is a reflection of anything other than the high fat content of junk food, so I thought I’d have a go at putting junk food up against real homemade recipes for price, time and effort.
Last week I put a veggie spaghetti bolognese up against a bag of crisps (here)
This week, chicken (simply grilled), potatoes (sliced, microwaved for 4 mins and then finished off in a wok for crispy tastiness) and a pepper sauce (a sweet pepper, cumin, garlic, tomato puree and a little oil, cooked down and then blitzed in a food processor).
It’s quick and easy, and much healthier than the chocolate bar.
I’ve also made a saving of 2p per portion.
To achieve this, I had to buy cheap frozen chicken fillets – which I would have liked to have avoided (as I don’t like the way it’s reared). However, you could use quorn as a replacement (a bit more expensive) or a frozen white fish (Sainsbury’s sell Basa, pollock and coley fillets very cheaply).
The point here is that lots of people are finding their budgets tight right now, and it’s easy to feel like you don’t have time or energy to cook (or to fight the kids over what they want to eat). However, it’s a battle worth winning, and in the long run you’ll save money.