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Vegetarian shepherd's pie with sweet potato

We've got over 8,000 free recipes! When it comes to cooking, cheap, quick & easy are our three favourite words! We've got loads of ideas for easy dinner recipes your family will love, cheap meal recipes if you're watching the pennies and quick healthy recipes that will mean you don't need to spend hours in the kitchen. From simple family meals to impressive cakes and cupcakes as well as easy chicken recipes, pasta recipes, warming casserole recipes and healthy meals, we have all the recipes you need including a great selection of meals for under £1 a head for quick family meal ideas. Here are your favourite cheap, quick & easy recipes this month:

 

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    Serves: 4

    Total time: 42 mins

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    Total time: 50 mins

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    Total time: 50 mins

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    Total time: 20 mins

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    Total time: 1 hr 40 mins

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    Total time: 12 mins

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    Total time: 1 hr 10 mins

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    Total time: 30 mins

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    Serves: 4-6

    Total time: 45 mins

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    Serves: 2

    Total time: 13 mins

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    Serves: 4-6

    Total time: 45 mins

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  • Make this budget tomato risotto if you're strapped for cash like our mummy blogger Anneliese, who says: 'This…

    Serves: 4

    Total time: 30 mins

  • You can't beat a classic bowl of macaroni cheese. If you want to make sure yours is perfect every time, follow…

    Serves: 4

    Total time: 42 mins

  • Make these spicy mixed bean tortillas if you're on a budget like our mummy blogger Anneliese, who says:…

    Serves: 4

    Total time: 35 mins

  • Make a budget penne Bolognese like our mummy blogger Anneliese, who says: 'A Bolognese is such a versatile dish…

    Serves: 4

    Total time: 50 mins

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    Total time: 50 mins

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    Serves: 4

    Total time: 20 mins

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Helen Ng

Dear GoodtoKnow Thank you so much for your recipe. It is great and nutrient. I have a inquire about the steps to eat food I heard from a nutritionist it should be 1st veggie, 2nd protein, 3rd carbohydrates for your body system to work good and no fats and no cholesterol retain in our body, how true it is. For example: 1 set of causal steak dinner. it has veggies, potatoes/rice, steak. Should I taken 1st veggie, 2nd steak, 3rd potatoes or rice. Then it is a healthy way to maintain my BMI. If you have those further information for me, I would be much appreciated. I really want to know, is it true the right steps to eat will be benefited to me more. Best regards Helen Ng Toronto

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