With the uncertainty of what’s in store during this strange time, we all know the challenges of planning meals when we don’t know for certain what we’ll find at the shops. To lighten the load, we’ve pulled together two lists, each with a few key ingredients around which you can plan and cook three full family meals.
Our recipes presume that you’ll have certain staples at home, but are flexible enough that they can be adapted to suit what you come home with!
We hope you enjoy trying these recipes at home and look forward to hearing about your own culinary creativity and ideas for shopping savvy to avoid over-buying and limiting food waste!
Shopping List 1 - A Suite of Sweet Potato Recipes
Sweet potatoes are cheap, tasty and good for you and can form the basis for lots of different types of meals! If you can’t find sweet potatoes, try butternut squash instead.
The Shopping List
2kg sweet potatoes
wedge of Parrmesan, Pecorino or another hard cheese like Manchego
pack of sausages of your choice
sage (ideally fresh but dried would be ok)
To discover our three tasty recipes using the above ingredients, click on the links below.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter - If you’re missing your Friday night out, enjoy the comforting flavours of home-made gnocchi, with a moreish nutty brown butter drizzled over the top.
Sausages with Root Vegetable Gratin - Whether you like your bangers meaty or veggie, this simple dish can feature a mix of vegetables - perfect for using up what’s in the fridge! Leftovers can be easily stored and reheated for lunch.
Spiced Sweet Potato Soup - A pot of veggie soup is given extra warmth with some spice and it’s flexible so it’ll work with whatever you have. If you’re unsure about how much curry or chilli powder to use, just build up the flavour slowly!
Shopping List 2 - Making the most of mince!
The best thing about recipes with mince is that you can be flexible about what type you use - and so all of our recipes will work with whatever you find on your next trip to the shops, whether that’s poultry, meat or meat-free!
The Shopping List
850g mince - any kind (e.g. pork, chicken, turkey, beef, quorn)
2 cartons passata plain or garlic/onion/herb
1kg any tube pasta e.g. penney, rigatoni, macaroni
350g mature cheddar cheese
veg - minimum 2 but ideally three from carrots, broccoli, peppers, onions,courgette, sugar snaps, spinach, cabbage, pak choi etc
350g dried egg noodles
1 bunch fresh parsley (not essential)
Click on the links below to find our recipes for three tasty, healthy meals you can make based on our mighty mince shopping list!
Marvellous Meatballs - Inspired by tapas-style Albondigas, these rich smoky meatballs in a super-easy tomato sauce are fantastic served with pasta, rice, couscous or fresh crusty bread!
Quick Mince Stir-Fry - The fastest, easiest stir-fry! Just brown your mince, stir-fry those veggies and this dish will be ready in under 30 minutes.
Easy-Peasy Cheeseburger Pasta - Amp up the flavour on everyone’s favourite mac & cheese - adding some mince makes it go a little further, and that means leftovers to enjoy for lunch!
We hope you have some fun trying out some of the above recipes - our website is full of ideas and tips on how to make the most of what you have to eat well and avoid food waste!
Remember - keep washing your hands - stay well, stay safe!