MESS-free baking: If you don’t already have a cupboard stacked with baking ingredients, pick up a simple cake kit and enjoy all the fun of baking with none of the mess. Wright’s toffee cake mix, £1.70 from Asda, just needs water and oil adding, and makes a scrummy bake.
Fill up on favourites: Get in the family’s good books by dishing up a meal everyone will love. Morrisons two cod and parsley fishcakes, £2.60 or two for £4, with Morrisons garlic and herb wedges, 750g, down from £1 to 75p, and British garden peas, 1.5kg, down from £1.19 to 99p.
Having a souper time: A warming soup is just what the family needs to ward off the winter chills. Get the kids to help create a velvety leek and potato mix, or use a silky butternut squash soup for a really simple lunchtime filler. Just chop the veg, boil it up with vegetable stock and puree to a smooth finish. To make it even simpler, Morrisons leek and potato soup kit is £1 for 500g.
A pizza the action: Let the kids get stuck into making a homemade pizza. Use Tesco pizza base mix, 145g, 65p. Add the store’s Hearty Food Co tomato and herb pasta sauce, 440g, 39p. Top with Tesco grated mozzarella, 250g, £1.75 and your choice of toppings.
Cook up comfort: Comfort food is the order of the day at this time of year. Tuck into sausage and mash or toad in the hole, with Sainsbury’s 12 British pork sausages down from £5 to £3.80, and finish off with Sainsbury’s chocolate brownie pudding, saving 80p, now £2.
Use your loaf to save: Just add water and a bit of elbow grease to Morrisons white bread mix, 500g, 90p, for a tasty loaf or batch of rolls. There’s nothing like creating bread for feel-clever cooking.
Roast with the most: Taking your time over a lovely roast dinner is a great way to bring the family together. Even teenagers won’t be able to resist the smell of it cooking. Buy a whole large chicken, 1.7kg, from Morrisons for £3.55 and you will have enough left over for a curry or risotto the next day.
Takeaway treat: For a TV dinner, grab yourself an easy-cooking option. Check out The Pizza Company Meal Deal for £10 from Tesco, including two pizzas, two sides and a dip stacker, saving £7.50.