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The Best Fakeaway Recipes For Under £1 a Head

The Best Fakeaway Recipes For Under £1 a Head

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These are the best homemade takeaway recipes

These are family friendly fakeaway recipes that not only taste amazing but that can rival anyway takeaway outlet. All these fakeaway recipes are under £1 a head for four people and are delicious.

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Cook from scratch

If you do feel out of your depth then have a look at Spicentice. They send you packets of spices that can help liven up your mealtimes. What we love the best about Spicentice though is that the packets include an exact shopping list and easy to follow instructions. You can then use them over and over again.

Spicentice are Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly, offer gluten-free spices and dairy-free.
They are great to use if you are new to cooking from scratch or if you are looking to get your family eating new budget-friendly meals and have no clue where to start.

We tried them at the start of this year and loved them. We got stuck in a food rut and they helped by giving us ideas while keeping our food budget really low.

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Using Spicentice we have cooked:

Beginner Chilli Con Carne Recipe for Just 95p a Head
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie For Just 82p Per Portion
Spaghetti Meatball Recipe For 73p a Head
Easy Chicken Fajita Recipe: A Family Meal for 94p a Person
Chinese Chicken Curry For Just £1.54 For 4
Really Easy Homemade Beef Burgers For Under £1 a Head
The Best Southern Fried Chicken Recipe For Under £1 a Head
Chicken Tikka Masala Curry For Under £4 a Head
The Best Katsu Curry Recipe For Under £1 a Head
The Best Turkey Curry For Under £1 a Head
The Best Firecracker Chicken For Just 99p a Head

17 fakeaway recipes

These are the best fakeaway recipes that will stop you reaching for the takeaway menu. They all come in at under £1 a head for 4 people and are really easy to make from scratch. You don’t need any special skills. Most of these you can also make from what you have in your store cupboard already.

Read our post here about meals you can make using what you have inside your cupboards.

Chickpea curry

This is a really easy curry that you can make with all your tinned vegetables. Cook time for this simple chickpea curry is about 20 minutes depending on how you like your chickpeas. We like ours really soft so tend to wait until the liquid has reduced quite a lot.

Read how to make our chickpea curry for under £1 a head here.

For the paste
2 tbsp oil 5p
100g frozen onion 25p
5g dried chilli 5p
9 garlic cloves 25p
5g ground ginger 5p
5g ground coriander 5p
7g ground cumin 5p
5g garam masala 5p
10g tomato purée 11p

For the curry
2 x 400g tin chickpeas £1.10
400g tin canned tomatoes 42p
100g tin coconut milk (optional) 18p
100g spinach (optional) 20p
250g rice 40p
Total: £3.21 that’s 80p for 4 people.

Vegan Tacos

This roasted veggie tacos recipe is great for the whole family. Let everyone pack their tacos as they wish for the full fun experience.

Read how we make our yummy vegan tacos here.

175g baby corn 95p
190g frozen red onions 42p
100g red pepper 45p
5g cumin seeds 5p
2 tsp olive oil 5p
110g kiwi fruit 60p
115g tomatoes 50p
5g garlic clove 5p
5g dried coriander 5p
1 tsp vegan bouillon powder 2p
5g smoked paprika 5p
85g red cabbage 20p
100g wholemeal flour (optional) 20p
Total: £3.09 that’s 77p a person for 4 people.

Sweet & Sour Chicken

This is a must if you are craving your normal greasy takeaway. This Sweet & Sour Chicken recipe is a lot healthier and takes under 20 minutes to cook.

Read how to make An Easy Sweet & Sour Chicken Recipe For Just 58p here.

2 frozen chicken breasts £1.16
1 can pineapple chunks in natural juice 50p
2 tbsp cornflour 2p
½ tsp dried chilli flakes 2p
2 tbsp dark soy sauce 5p
2 tbsp tomato puree 2p
50g frozen onion 8p
300g frozen peppers 43p
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 5p
Total: £2.33 that’s 58p per person.

Chilli Con Carne

You can make this in the slow cooker really easily. Brown the mince off first then put it all in together and leave to cook for 6-7 hours. You’ll come home to the best smelling fakeaway ever!

Read how to make our beginner Chilli Con Carne recipe for just 95p a head here

500g minced meat £1.99
4 onions 32p
3 garlic gloves 7p
300ml tinned tomatoes 28p
400g tinned kidney beans 30p
3 tbsp tomato puree 15p
Half a lime 12p
220ml stock 3p
4 tbsp low cal spray 20p
1 tsp salt 2p
Half tsp sugar 5p
180g Rice 24p
Total: £3.77 that’s 94p for four people.

Spaghetti Meatball

Sometimes we all fancy meatballs. There’s no need to order them in! Cook them yourself and enjoy how cheap these are to make. If you don’t want spaghetti, you could make yourself the best sub sandwich ever!

Read how to make our Spaghetti Meatball Recipe For 73p a Head here.

500g minced meat £1.99
2 onion 16p
3 glove garlic 7p
1 egg 10p
1 tsp salt 2p
2 tsp low cal spray 10p
1 tin passata 32p
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 3p
Half tablespoon sugar 5p
Half tablespoon salt 3p
210g Spaghetti 8p
Total: £2.95 = 73p a head

Chicken Fajita

Food sometimes just has to be quick to make and these chicken fajitas will not disappoint you. It can all go into the wok together and fry on a really high heat. You can use fresh vegetables if you prefer and add cheese if you don’t like spice.

Read how to make our Easy Chicken Fajita Recipe: A Family Meal for 94p a Person here

4 frozen chicken breasts £1.40
200g frozen peppers 30p
200g frozen onion 16p
3 garlic cloves 9p
1 tbsp salt 2p
1 tsp sugar 5p
Tortillas £1
Total: £3.08 that’s 75p a person.

Chinese Chicken Curry

This is a great chicken korma recipe that the whole family will love. it’s very mild and great for younger kids who want to try a curry.

Read how to make our Chinese Chicken Curry For Just £1.54 For 4 here.

2 chicken breasts 65p
2 onions 16p
Small piece of ginger 15p
2 garlic cloves 6p
400ml stock 3p
2 tbsp low cal spray 10p
3 tbsp plain flour 10p
1 tsp sugar 5p
180g rice 24p
Total: £1.54 that’s 38p a person.

Homemade Beef Burgers

If you kids are craving a takeaway then our homemade beef burgers are for you. Cut the chips really small and fry them so they are nice and crisp.

Read how to make our Really Easy Homemade Beef Burgers For Under £1 a Head here.

500g minced meat £1.99
1 frozen onion 8p
2 garlic cloves 6p
1 egg 10p
Pinch of salt 3p
6 burger buns 56p
Lettuce leave 25p
Tomato 50p
Cheese slices 35p
4 potatoes 40p
Total: £4.32 that’s £1.09 for four.

Southern Fried Chicken

This is a great fakeaway recipe for the whole family. There’s no need to order in when you have this Southern Fried Chicken recipe to hand.

Read how to make our Southern Fried Chicken recipe For under £1 a head here.

4 chicken breasts £1.40
150g breadcrumbs 65p
2 eggs 20p
4 tbsp plain flour 15p
4 tbsp milk 10p
2 tbsp low cal spray 10p
4 potatoes 40p
4 corn of cob 52p
Total: £3.52 that’s 88p for four people.

Chicken Tikka Masala Curry

This is the best chicken curry recipe that you will ever taste! It’s lightly spicy and great for that Friday night treat.

Read how to make our Chicken Tikka Masala Curry For Under £4 a Head here.

4 frozen chicken breasts £1.40
100g frozen onion 16p
2 garlic cloves 6p
200ml tinned tomatoes 28p
100ml single cream 60p
1 tsp lemon juice 5p
4 tbsp low cal spray 20p
1 tsp salt 3p
180g Rice 24p
Total: £3.17 that’s 79p for a family of four.

Katsu Curry

This katsu curry recipe goes great with any rice. We love homemade egg fried rice but you can also have it with brown or white plain rice. The crispy chicken will soon be a family favourite.

Read how to make The Best Katsu Curry Recipe For Under £1 a Head here.

4 frozen chicken breasts £1.40
100g frozen onion 16p
400g tin carrots 47p
3 garlic cloves 5p
1 egg 10p
900ml chicken stock 10p
2tbsp soy sauce 5p
1tsp honey 5p
3tbsp plain flour 5p
100g breadcrumbs 55p
200g wholemeal rice 15p
Total: £3.13 that’s 78p per person.

Firecracker Chicken

If you like your chicken hot and spicy then this is for you. We love having this with egg fried rice but you can have it with normal rice and add yogurt if you need it spiced down.

Read how we make our The Best Firecracker Chicken For Just 99p a Head here.

3 frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts (defrosted) £2.10
2 onions 20p
3 garlic cloves 15p
5g ground ginger 5p
1 red pepper 45p
1tbsp lemon juice 10p
1 bunch of spring onions 37p
2 tbsp tomato puree 5p
4 tbsp soy sauce 6p
2 tbsp hoisin sauce 6p
1 tbsp plain flour 10p
1 tbsp low cal cooking spray 5p
150g wholemeal rice 25p
Total: £3.99

Spicy mixed bean tortillas

These Spicy mixed bean tortillas are great for weekend days when you want something quick and easy. All of these ingredients come from tins or the freezer.

8 tortilla wraps 85p
200g onion 10p
1 tin of carrots 49p
400g can chopped tomatoes 39p
400g can kidney beans 30p
400g can of mixed beans in a mild chili sauce 30p
100g mature cheddar cheese, grated 49p
Total: £2.92 that’s 73p for 4 people.

Chicken Balti

This chicken balti recipe is great for that Saturday night fakeaway urge.

Use our chicken balti recipe instead which comes in at under £1 a head.

4 frozen chicken breasts £1.40
200g frozen onions 16p
200ml tinned tomatoes 28p
3 garlic cloves 9p
1 tbsp tomato puree 3p
2 tbsp cooking oil 3p
1 tsp salt 2p
1 red chilli 5p
Pinch of dried paprika 3p
Total: £2.11 that’s 52p a person for 4 people.

Chicken Jalfrezi

This is a sizzling great chicken jalfrezi fakeaway that will have you converted quickly. It’s spicy and goes great with homemade chips.

4 frozen chicken breasts £1.40
2 frozen onions 16p
1 frozen peppers 15p
3 garlic cloves 9p
Small piece of ginger 2p
2 tbsp tomato puree 6p
2 tbsp cooking oil 3p
1 tsp salt 2p
Total: £2.09 that’s 52p a person.

Peri-Peri Chicken

This is a family-friendly Peri-Peri chicken recipe that is great for when you want a TV dinner. It comes in at under £1 a head and takes under 20 minutes to cook.

4 frozen chicken breasts £1.40
3 garlic cloves 9p
Small piece of ginger 2p
3tbsp of lemon 3p
5 tbsp lemon juice 9p
2 tbsp cooking oil 3p
1 tsp salt 2p
1 tin potatoes 40p
180g Rice 24p
Total: £2.32 that’s 58p a person for four people.

Burritos

This is the best street food ever that you can cook from home.

Frozen onion 10p
500g long-grain rice 40p
400g red kidney beans in water 21p
Tortilla wraps 92p
Little Gem lettuce 75p
1tbsp dried basil
300g Salsa 69p
Total: £3.87 that’s 96p for 4 people.

Homemade Pizza

We love homemade pizza! Making your own pizza dough is easy and tastes so much better than ordering in.

375g plain flour 20p
1 teaspoon salt 5p
1 tablespoon caster sugar 5p
7g dried active baking yeast 8p
225ml warm water 0p
100g Mature Cheddar 85p
400g chopped tomatoes 31p
100g ham 62p
400g tin mushrooms 20p
Total: £2.36 that’s 59p a person.

Mango and Tomato Curry

This curry is really family-friendly. It’s sweet to eat and is a great introduction to curries for kids.

Frozen red onion 17p
10g ground chilli flakes 10p
400g tin tomatoes 60p
Small mango £1.15
150g 2% Fat natural yogurt 49p
500g Basics long-grain rice 40p
Total: £3.46 that’s 86p for four people.

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Chocolate Brownies

If you are looking for a yummy dessert recipe then this is for you!

The fab thing about this recipe is that you can change chocolate flavors really easily without it affected the texture, plus, you can’t over mix it, so it’s perfect for the kids when they want to help too.

Read how to make this amazing chocolate brownie recipe here.

100g caster sugar 19p
100g brown sugar 20p
113g butter 72p
30g cocoa powder 30p
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5p
2 large eggs 16p
113g plain purpose flour 6p
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 5p
1/2 teaspoon salt 2p
70g chocolate chips 65p
Total: £2.40 that’s 60p each for 4 people.

Laura x

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These are the best fakeaway recipes that will have you cooking at home instead of reaching for the takeaway menu by Laura at Savings 4 Savvy Mums

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