Savvy mum-of-five feeds family for just £20 a week using healthy meal plan

A clever mum-of-five has explained that she feeds her whole family for the week on just over £20.

The tiny budget covers breakfast, lunch and dinner – including meals like pancakes and cottage pie.

Lorna Cooper, from Paisley near Glasgow, shared her shopping list totalling just £20.21, which she claims can feed a family of four every day for an entire week.

In her “one week meal plan” she explained the three meals for each day.

And, she broke down the ingredients needed to whip them up.

On Sundays, she recommends making scotch pancakes with fruit and chocolate spread for breakfast.

Then, she serves egg muffins for lunch and roast chicken with veggies and roast potatoes for dinner.

On another day, she makes porridge with jam followed by noodles with vegetables for lunch and Cajun dirty rice for the last meal of the day.

Yum!

All of the ingredients for the week’s meals came to just £10.21.

Lorna learnt how to cook on a tiny budget after her mum passed away when she was just 11-years-old.

And, she was inspired after the government food parcels worth “£30” contained a lot less food than she could bag.

Lorna said: "I wanted to show people how they can get much more on a small budget with my weekly meal plan.

"Hopefully this helps some families who are struggling financially as a result of the Covid pandemic and not being able to have access to free school meals."

Lorna told the Mirror: "Most of the products in the shopping list can be found at Tesco, the eggs from Farmfoods and stock cubes from Aldi.

“Sometimes it is best to shop around, it may be less convenient, but it makes a huge difference to your budget."

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And, the mum heads up the Feed your Family website which started up as a Facebook group.

It was created to help “re-educate a generation of parents relying on expensive ready meals and jars of sauce to feed their families.”

She has also written a book called 'Feed Your Family for £20 a week.'

The website can be accessed by clicking here. For the shopping list she has published visit her Facebook page here.

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