Furloughed worker reveals how she has cooked over 50 tasty meals for £1 during lockdown

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A furloughed worker has revealed how she has been cooking tasty and nutrious meals during lockdown for just over £1 per portion. 

Before lockdown, Rose Forshaw, 31, from Liverpool, would visit supermarkets around four times a week to shop for herself and husband Joseph, 33.

But now she has overhauled her shopping routine, by using a £39 hamper from an online budget meat retailer and spending just £11 each week in the supermarket by hunting for bargains in the reduced section. 

And despite a strict food budget of just £50 per week, Rose has been able to cook  up tasty dishes including Cajun beef bowls, cornflake chicken Katsu curry and chicken stews during the lockdown. 

Furloughed wedding videographer Rose Forshaw, 31, from Liverpool, has revealed how she has been cooking  for  just £1 per portion 

When the UK was first plunged into lockdown Rose, who normally works as a wedding videographer, struggled to find many of her regular food choices in the supermarkets.

Like many, she decided to turn to online shopping in order to reduce the amount of time spent in supermarkets and mixing with others.

Using the various types of meat available in the hamper, including beef mince, 12 chicken breasts, beef steaks and burgers, she has cooked up eight different dishes which she has relied on throughout lockdown.

Tasty dishes have included Spicy Satay Chicken with Lemony Cous Cous for £1.20 a portion, Beef Stroganoff for £1.30 a portion and a Steak dinner for £2.86 each.

Rose’s budget lockdown mealplan

Easy Chicken Stew 

2x Musclefood chicken breasts £2.47

2x Musclefood bacon medallions £0.54 

Potatoes £0.50

Carrots £0.16 

Onion £0.11 

Chicken Stock Cube £0.04 

Flour £0.04

Crème fraiche £0.47 

Mushrooms £0.30 

Thyme £0.07 

TOTAL: £4.70

SERVINGS: 2

PER PORTION: £2.35 

Cornflake Chicken Katsu Curry

2x Musclefood chicken breast £2.47

Cornflakes £0.05

Mayonnaise £0.16

Curry Powder £0.05

Carrots £0.16

Onion £0.11

Garlic £0.20

Chicken Stock Cube £0.04

Peanut Butter £0.11

Coconut milk £0.25

Soy Sauce £0.11

Curry Powder £0.09

Rice £0.05

TOTAL: £3.85

SERVINGS: 2  

PER PORTION: £1.93

 Fakeaway Crispy Chilli Beef 

Musclefood beef strips £1.39 

Cornflower £0.07

Rice £0.05 

Spring onions £0.15 

Peppers £0.17 

Sesame seeds £0.14 

Orange Juice £0.07

 ½ lemon £0.15 

Soy Sauce £0.11 

Hot Sauce £0.09 

Sweet chilli sauce £0.18

TOTAL:  £2.57

SERVINGS: 2

PER PORTION: £1.29 

 Burgers 

2x Musclefood steak burgers £2.47

Plain Flour £0.04

Milk £0.09

Bread Flour £0.12

Yeast £0.17

Egg £0.13

Salad £0.58

TOTAL: £3.60

SERVINGS: 2 

PER PORTION: £1.80

 Spicy Satay Chicken with Lemony Cous Cous

1x Musclefood chicken breast £1.24

Peanut Butter £0.11

Natural Yoghurt £0.18

Lemon Juice £0.04

Hot sauce £0.20

Garlic £0.04

Chilli flakes £0.05

Cous cous £0.24

Lemon zest £0.08

Parsley £0.07

Stock cube £0.04

Spring Onion £0.10

TOTAL: £2.39

SERVINGS: 2 

PER PORTION: £1.20

 Steak with diced potatoes

2x Musclefood steak £4.72

Herbs £0.15

Garlic £0.08

Potatoes £0.28

Salad £0.48

TOTAL: £5.71

SERVINGS: 2

PER PORTION: £2.86

 Cajun beef bowl 

Musclefood beef Mince £2.06 

Tinned Tomatoes £0.28 

Rice £0.05 

Spice mix £0.28 

Peppers £0.17 

Onion £0.11 

Spring Onion £0.06 

Coriander £0.13 

Lime £0.30 

Chicken Stock cube £0.04 

TOTAL: £3.23 

SERVINGS: 2

PER PORTION: £1.61

 Easy stroganoff 

Musclefood beef strips £1.39 

Mushrooms £0.30 

Crème Fraiche £0.61

Paprika £0.05 

Small Onion £0.08 

Rice £0.05 

Garlic £0.08 

Beef Stock Cube £0.04 

TOTAL: £2.60 

SERVINGS: 2

PER PORTION: £1.30

 

Rose has been able to craft delicious and inexpensive meals for herself and her husband by hunting through the reduced section of the supermarket and relying on a meat hamper delivery (pictured, burgers £1.80 per portion)

Rose has been able to craft delicious and inexpensive meals for herself and her husband by hunting through the reduced section of the supermarket and relying on a meat hamper delivery (pictured, burgers £1.80 per portion)

The wedding videographer, who has been furloughed during lockdown, said she had come to rely on the delivery service and that it had given her more free-time during the pandemic because she didn't have to worry about shopping ( Spicy Satay Chicken with Lemony Cous Cous £1.20)

The wedding videographer, who has been furloughed during lockdown, said she had come to rely on the delivery service and that it had given her more free-time during the pandemic because she didn't have to worry about shopping (fakeaway beef £1.29)

The wedding videographer, who has been furloughed during lockdown, said she had come to rely on the delivery service and that it had given her more free-time during the pandemic because she didn’t have to worry about shopping (left, Spicy Satay Chicken with Lemony Cous Cous £1.20, right, fakeaway beef £1.29) 

Rose said having a regular delivery service of meat had allowed her to spend her time during lockdown ‘more wisely’.

Rose’s weekly £50 shop

Premium Chicken Breast Fillets – 2.5kg

Beef Mince – 200g

The Heritage Range™ Sirloin Steaks – 2 x 170g

Low Fat Unsmoked Bacon Medallions – 10 x 35g

12 x Lean Pork Sausages

Extra Lean Beef Stir Fry Strips – 150g

Free Range Steak Burgers – 2 x 113g

 Eggs

Cheese

Bananas

Butter

Potatoes

Avocados 

Apples 

Chillis 

Lemon 

Cereal bars 

£1.12

£1.15

65p

96p

55p

97p 

£2 

33p 

15p 

50p 

TOTAL:  £47.38

She explained: ‘It was great being able to order online and know exactly when my delivery would arrive. 

‘It meant that I could use my daily exercise to go for walks and spend it more wisely than going to the supermarket.

‘Being furloughed means that I’m in the house nearly all day anyway so having online deliveries is the easiest and safest way for me to receive food.’ 

She went on to say that she was keen to continue ordering online hampers and would keep doing so after lockdown was lifted. 

She revealed: ‘I can put in an order and know that I won’t be spending an hour in a supermarket – time which could be spent with friends and family.

‘I’ve also started doing a lot more exercise, I start each day with an 80s aerobic routine which is so fun and definitely something I want to continue doing.

Discussing her regular shopping routine Rose, who runs Instagram page @moneysavingrosie, explained how she is passionate about reducing food waste.

She explained: ‘When planning my meals for the week I always keep an inventory of what’s in my freezer and cupboards. 

‘This means that I only replace items that I’ve ran out of and can build meals around ingredients I already have.

‘Whenever I go into a supermarket, I also always check the reduced section. 

The 31-year-old has been cooking the tasty and inexpensive meals for herself and her husband for as little as £1.20 per portion during lockdown (pictured, Cornflake Chicken Katsu Curry £1.93)

The 31-year-old has been cooking the tasty and inexpensive meals for herself and her husband for as little as £1.20 per portion during lockdown (pictured, Cajun Beef chilli £1.61 per portion)

The 31-year-old has been cooking the tasty and inexpensive meals for herself and her husband for as little as £1.20 per portion during lockdown (pictured left, Cornflake Chicken Katsu Curry  £1.93, right, Cajun Beef chilli £1.61 per portion) 

The wedding videographer also spends time hunting through supermarket reduced section in order to find bargains

The wedding videographer also spends time hunting through supermarket reduced section in order to find bargains 

ROSE’S TIPS FOR COOKING ON A BUDGET DURING LOCKDOWN 

1. Save time with online hampers – ‘I can put in an order and know that I won’t be spending an hour in a supermarket – time which could be spent with friends and family’

2. Always have an idea of what is in your cupboards –  ‘When planning my meals for the week I always keep an inventory of what’s in my freezer and cupboards. This means that I only replace items that I’ve ran out of and can build meals around ingredients I already have.’

3. Shop in the reduced section –  Most of the time the food I find in there can be frozen and used at a later date, and it’s a great way to save money.’

4. Speak to supermarket staff – ‘You can always ask them if they’ll reduce something a bit further for you. They want to make sure the food doesn’t end up in the bin, so it can help both of you.

 

‘Most of the time the food I find in there can be frozen and used at a later date, and it’s a great way to save money.’

She explained: ‘I always try and chat to the worker who’s doing the reductions, as very few people take time out of their day to do it.

‘You can always ask them if they’ll reduce something a bit further for you. They want to make sure the food doesn’t end up in the bin, so it can help both of you.

‘If you don’t ask you don’t get, but just make sure you don’t overstep the mark as they’re likely to remember you – and not for the right reasons.’ 

She revealed she spent as little as £11 on cupboard essentials that had been reduced by supermarkets

She revealed she spent as little as £11 on cupboard essentials that had been reduced by supermarkets 

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