It irks me, when I read reports about parents, and children not being able to feed themselves properly. It IS possible to manage to feed a family a healthy diet on a low budget, if you have to.
Here is a quick recipe, we love. It doesn't contain meat, but is full of protein, vitamins, and minerals, and is very filling.
Lentil, Carrot, and Potato Soup
250g lentils pre rapid boiled ( I get 2 kilos from Tesco for £2.99, only £1.99 when they are on offer.)
4 large, or 6 medium carrots, chopped.( I used organic ones.)
2 onions chopped
4 medium sized potatoes.
2TBS curry powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
stock to cover the veg.
Fry up the onions first, then add the stock, lentils, and the rest of the ingredients. pressure cook for 30 minutes, or you can slow cook for 4 hours.
Use a potato masher to make it all smooth. Serve with buttered bread. I like to make my own for this.
You can do some great variations on this recipe, and is especially good with butternut squash added. Also, trying different herb combinations, or even mexican flavourings.