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Easter is traditionally a time for getting together with family or friends or neighbours. For some it is a deeply religious festival, for others it’s an excuse to eat their body weight in chocolate eggs. For most of us though it’s just a great reason to cook lovely food, sit down with our nearest and dearest and celebrate Spring and all that it has to offer.
This year, while we’re still in the depths of the cost of living crisis, trying to work out what we can afford this Easter is challenging. Food is just so expensive right now. But don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you.
Read on to find out how you can feed six people on Easter Sunday for under a tenner.
Let’s start with the meat eaters’ most expensive item: the lamb. The average half leg joint costs anywhere from around £10 to nearly £30, so already that’s our budget blown. If you can’t do without your lamb joint, then you will need to pay more for your meal. However, there are alternatives.
You can get 500g of stewing lamb from Waitrose for £4.00
Added to which Aldi are cutting the price of some of their veggies down to 19p this Easter from 4th-9th April. That’s the sort of bargain we like here at MoneyMagpie.
If you are prepared to be flexible and to make a stew rather than a roast, you can throw in some veggies with the stewing lamb and have the added bonus of making the meal so much easier to prepare! But do remember this is a slow one that takes time in the oven, so get cooking well in advance of your meal time. Leave at least 3 1/2 hours before you sit down.
BBC Good Food has a delicious recipe that I’ve used and can vouch for:
On the side:
You could also prepare this dish using your slow cooker. Here’s the method:
If you prefer a traditional Sunday Roast on Easter Day then click here for the cheapest meal deals we could find.
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