A mother of two cooks tasty dinners for her family even after cutting her food bill in half ‘overnight.
Laura Light, 33, from Southampton, has a husband and two daughters. She prepares mouth-watering dishes for her family every night, costing as little as 78p per head.
While preparing a meal for the family, she uses store cupboard ingredients and ready mixed spice kits from Spicentice. Her meals are cheap, but still, she serves up nutritious dinner daily in less than 30 minutes.
Giving fresh and healthy meals to her family on such a strict budget was a challenge for this thrifty mom. The meal kits and planning have made it ‘easy’ for her.
‘When we first started living to a stricter budget, our monthly food bill was the first thing I looked at’, Laura said.
‘Pretty much overnight I managed to reduce it by over half, simply by shopping around and planning the meals.
‘With two school-age children, keeping that spend down but at the same time making sure my family eats a varied diet, cooked from scratch with lots of fresh vegetables, can be a challenge.
‘The Spicentice recipe kits make it easy for me. Each comes with a great shopping list and easy to follow the recipe.’
Laura’s family favorites include chili con carne, Italian meatball marinara, vegan shepherd’s pie, and Chinese chicken curry, and she told with the help of the easy meal kits each meal takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.
‘They’re very quick to make too. The Chinese Chicken curry, including all the prep, takes around 10 minutes.
‘The longest any of the Spicentice kits takes is around 30 minutes, which is nothing when you take into account all the fresh ingredients used and that everything is prepared from scratch.’
She said: ‘We often all eat at different times – the kids when they get home from school, me after they’re in bed and my husband, who works shifts when he gets in.
‘I tend to prep dinner while Holly and Abigail are at school, cook it for them and heat up for me and Matthew. These kits work perfectly for that too.’
The mom can cook up the meals for as little as £3.13($5) for four which works out at just 78p($1) per head with the average price for the meals is at around £1.26($1.90) per person and says the food is better than ‘anything from a takeaway’.
‘It’s such an easy dinner to prepare and tastes amazing. It’s just as good – if not better – than anything you’d get from a takeaway’, she told.
‘I also find it’s a great way to conceal vegetables for my fussy daughters. The vegan shepherd’s pie is packed with them – potatoes, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions, tomatoes and garlic – and they love it.
‘Little do they know just how much healthy stuff is hidden in it!
She also searches shops around the supermarkets, discount and online retailers for the best deals.
Laura continued: ‘Before I tried the Spicentice kits I would have told anyone I was cooking up flavorsome meals every night.
‘Now I’ve used them, I’ve realized how bland some of our meals were and when I checked the cupboards, I realized I only had one tub of mixed spices.
‘Spicentice has played a part in helping me feed my family mouth-watering meals, cooked from scratched and within budget.’
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