Savvy woman creates 3-course Christmas Dinner for less than £2.50 a head

Christmas is an extremely expensive time of year for a lot of people.

Many people fork out tons of money on presents, and then there's the food needed for various events too.

So any savings that can be made are usually welcome.

With this in mind, one woman set herself the task of creating a cut-price, but still tasty, Christmas dinner.

With food prices rising week on week, Fiona Hawkes, 34, from Somerset, wanted to see if it was possible to create a three-course Christmas dinner with turkey and all the trimmings for less than £10.

And she managed to do just that – creating a three-course Christmas Dinner for just £2.49 per head.

Fiona, who is one of NHS Discount Offers savvy savers, decided to start the meal with Winter Vegetable Soup, while the main course was turkey breast filled with stuffing and wrapped in bacon served with pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, carrots, sprouts, roasted parsnips, stuffing balls and gravy.

Meanwhile, for desert, she went for mince pie and custard.

Fiona, who says she loves saving money on food, often creating meals for her family for just pennies, spoke about how she saved money on the soup.

She told Beans for Tea: “I used all of the peel from the carrots, sprouts, parsnips and two of the potatoes to create an easy and delicious vegetable soup, the only extras were a stock cube and some seasoning from my cupboard."

Talking about how she saved money on the main, she added: “Buying mini breast fillets is the best way to still have my annual turkey fix without spending a fortune on a turkey crown or buying a whole bird.

"Most of my family prefer to have breast meat anyway.

"As the turkey fillets are filled with sausage meat stuffing and wrapped in bacon, it still feels as though I’m getting those traditional Christmas flavours, just like with a whole turkey but with much less stress."

She added: "If you prefer your turkey plain, you can simply roast the mini breast fillets as they are.

"It wouldn’t be Christmas without turkey, but you can still enjoy it on a budget."

Using smaller amounts of turkey also alleviates any worries about whether the bird will be defrosted in time for the big day.

Using smaller amounts of turkey also alleviates any worries about whether the bird will be defrosted in time for the big day.

If you don’t fancy turkey though you can always switch to a whole chicken for the same price.

You could also add cranberry sauce for an extra 59p.

The vegetables are another key element of Christmas dinner.

“I roasted the whole 2.5kg bag of potatoes meaning anyone who wanted an extra couple of roasties could have them," said Fiona.

"Plus, if they don’t get eaten they can be snacked on later in the evening or on Boxing Day."

While it’s advisable to start buying some Christmas foods early, vegetables are definitely the exception if you’re keen to save some money.

Many supermarkets slash the price of vegetables in the two weeks before Christmas, with recent years seeing carrots, sprouts, parsnips and potatoes down to as little as 20p per pack.

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