Woman shares recipes that can feed families for just £10 a week

As the cost of living crisis continues, a woman has revealed how people can feed their families for as little as £10 a week.

Grace Mortimer, 29, has created recipes that can feed up to four people for just 22 pence per person.

The mother-of-one shares the recipes on her Instagram page, @_MyFirstMeals, and says she came up with the idea when she worried about how she and others would cope with the cost crisis of life this winter.

“I’m very worried about the crisis in the cost of living for my own family, it’s terrifying,” the author of the Gloucester cookbook My first meals said.

“Luckily we can heat our house and eat, but I know a lot of people have to choose between the two. It’s just awful.

She continued: “It’s very depressing and it doesn’t get better the colder it gets. I just want to help people who are on a very tight budget.

“I love to cook so this was a great way to help out. People just can’t believe how much food you can cook for just £10.”

Mortimer says her weekly budget was £50 to feed herself, her husband Tom and their six-year-old son, but that has come down since she started cooking cheaper meals.

Mortimer’s meals contain a small number of ingredients and are simple to cook, requiring no fancy or expensive cooking equipment.

She posts five meals a week that feed a family of four, with leftovers for lunch to get them through the work and school week.

For example, from September 27 to October 1, she posted five meals for a total of just £8.89.

These were Bolognese Bake (£2.57), Cajun Rice (£1.69), Veggie Pie (£1.75), Chilli Con Carne (£1.66) and Veggie Pizzas (£1.22) .

Mortimer consulted with specialists and food banks to make her meals easy and nutritious and to ensure she was using ingredients readily available in people’s homes.

Mortimer consulted specialists and food banks to make his meals easy and nutritious (SWNS)

Mortimer consulted specialists and food banks to make his meals easy and nutritious (SWNS)

Prices are all based on Aldi, as other basic supermarket ranges are all priced with the store, Mortimer explained.

She added: ‘I think £10 is the lower limit, or you start having to cut out important food groups like protein, or eat less, which is not a good idea.

“I just wanted to encourage people with the lowest budgets. And it’s simple, not too verbose and few steps, so people can do it and not worry about making mistakes and wasting ingredients.

She added that she hasn’t extended her recipes to weekends yet, but would like to get the recipes on the school newsletters.

“I wish the government would promote things like this through public messaging,” she added.

Bolognese recipe

Serves: eight.

Cost: £2.57 in total, or 32 pence per person.


  • Half a packet of celery (14p)

  • Tin of crushed tomatoes (28p)

  • 1 pack of 500g Pasta (65p)

  • Half a pack of Mince (250g) (90p)

  • 100g grated cheese (60p)


Place in the oven at 180C.

Fry the mince in a pan with a little oil.

Coarsely chop the celery and once the hash browns, add the celery and sauté for a few minutes.

Then add the chopped tomatoes and fill the empty can with water, also adding.

Simmer until the sauce thickens, then turn off the heat to thicken further.

Add a little cheese to the sauce and stir until melted. Season if desired.

Meanwhile, boil pasta according to packet instructions, drain and set aside.

Combine pasta and sauce and pour into a large dish.

Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes at 180°C.

You can follow Mortimer and find more recipes at @_myfirstmeals.

Additional reports by SWNS

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