Miguel Barclay also known as the one pound chef dishes out his secrets on eating healthy on a budget and just how he does it.
Miguel is the creator of the @OnePoundMeals Instagram account where he posts his latest concoctions. The page has proved popular and now boasts 137k followers. He also launched his debut book ‘One Pound Meals delicious food for less’ earlier this year available on amazon for a reasonable £4.99.
He has shared a few tips with us on how to keep on a budget while eating healthy.
1.DITCH THE WASTE
With the words ‘no wastage’ as his mantra, chef Miguel maximises his budget and creates various money saving recipes with interchangeable ingredients.
He said: “When you eliminate the waste you can begin to eat on a budget. The key for me is to always use the ingredients I have left over to create the following day’s meal. I usually cook for one person so to avoid waste this has to be done.
“That’s how I do it I follow up the ingredients from one meal to another as waste is probably the most expensive part of eating.”
2. BUY COMMON INGREDIENTS
A key element to budget food is selecting the right ingredients, this is something the one pound chef has mastered with time.
He said: “I tailor my recipes to cheaper ingredients and this is vital when shopping on a budget. I mean cheese, for example, there is a huge premium for rare cheeses so I make sure my meals use cheaper and more common cheeses like cheddar and feta.
“The same goes with cuts of meat, on my one pound a meal budget I cannot afford steak so I choose a cheaper alternative like pork for instance.”
He adds: “Buying the more popular ingredients means you can eat for less.You’ll never hear a supermarket boast about how cheap Manchego cheese is but you will hear them fight over how cheap popular items are.Aubergine is a great one and it is good to take advantage of this.”
Watch chef Miguel on This Morning make his famous Katsu curry for £1 per portion:
3. COOK FROM SCRATCH
Another tip from our Instagram chef is to cook from scratch.
Miguel said: “The health implications of this, is that you are automatically eating fresh food instead of processed foods filled with preservatives and E numbers. Let’s take tomato sauce, buying a ready made sauce will obviously cost you more than buying a can of tinned tomatoes to make your own.”
4. BUY LUXURY FOODS IN SEASON
Choosing luxury items in season is another penny-pinching tip.
Miguel said: “As long as your eyes do not stray towards the more exotic ingredients you should be ok. But if you want to treat yourself to more expensive foods like asparagus for example just make sure you only buy these when they are in season.
“And you can create exotic meals using common ingredients.”
5. GET CREATIVE WITH SPICES
I also like to use spices but do limit them to the basics.
“I use cumin, paprika as well as curry powders, Chinese spices, and cajun spice. With these five spices, you can pretty much make anything you want.
“Oriental meals usually only require garlic, chilli and soy sauce.Oregano is great too.
“With a core selection of spice, you can cook your way around the world.
“I recently cooked a week’s worth of dinners for a family of four for under £28, so eating for £1 per meal is possible.”
Miguel’s Favourite 3 Recipes:
So get cooking away and make your meals for £1 a day!
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