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4 budget-friendly tips for mealtimes

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The rising cost of living means we are all feeling the pinch when it comes to putting healthy and delicious meals on the table for our families. These smart budget-friendly tips for meals for your little one will help keep your grocery bills in check, without compromising on quality and natural goodness.

1. Plan ahead and shop wisely

Before you head to the shops, do a quick audit of your grocery cupboard, fridge and freezer so you only buy what you need. Compare prices at various supermarkets to make sure you make the most of any specials – the easiest way to do price comparisons is to log onto their online shopping apps. And don’t be afraid to try cheaper cuts of meat – if they’re cooked long and slow you can produce a delicious meal. 

2. Stock up on staples

A good supply of basics in your grocery cupboard is a real cost-saver – it means you can quickly and easily create a meal or snack without heading to the store (or being tempted to get takeaways). Got a tin of butter beans in your pantry? Quickly whip up this Bean Dip and serve with mini pitas or veggie sticks. 

And remember, having a selection of Squish 100% Fruit and Veg Puree pouches in your pantry means you’ll always have a meal on hand for your little one. They are designed to be the perfect portion size and fit easily into your handbag or nappy bag if you’re heading out with your baby or toddler. Squish Purees are filled with quality ingredients and are free of nasties like preservatives, colourants and flavourants – plus they have no added cane sugar. 

3. Cook batches of food and freeze

The freezer really is your friend when it comes to saving money – and time! Next time you’re cooking a mince or chicken dish, double the recipe and freeze half. Freezing also means you can cut back on waste. Instead of throwing out veg that are past their prime, use them to make a soup or stew and freeze in meal-size batches. This Easy Veggie Sauce is a real winner too. It’s made with Squish 100% Mixed Veg Puree and can turn rice, mashed potato or pasta into a goodness packed meal in a jiffy. Cook up a batch and freeze in smaller portions for extra convenience. 

4. Maximise leftovers

With a little imagination and a few pantry basics, leftovers can be transformed into a delicious meal for your toddler. Stir Squish 100% Veg Puree through leftover pasta, rice or mash, add shredded chicken or tuna and pop in the microwave to heat through. Squish Puree pouches all come with a resealable screw-on lid, which means you never need to waste a drop. Use what you need, then pop in the fridge to use later. They’re available in a variety of flavours, including Squish 100% Butternut + Carrot; Sweet Potato, Apple + Cinnamon; Apple, Beetroot + Guava; and Pear + Sweet Potato.

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  • Chloe Lynch September 7, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    I love the last tip on maximizing leftovers! So clever mixing the Squish puree with rice or pasta. I think my daughter will enjoy this.

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