Eating well on a budget

We understand that if you have PH, it’s not just cost you need to consider when it comes to cooking and eating. Managing fatigue and other symptoms can be just as prohibitive, so the content we’ve compiled on this page aims to take these additional challenges into account too.

The British Heart Foundation has these top tips for eating well on a budget, compiled by senior dietician Victoria Taylor.

Eating out is one of life’s simple pleasures, but it comes at a cost. has these tips for free or cheap food on-the-go, as well as other advice for free or low-cost eating.

Recipe ideas

  • You’ll find 61 budget recipes from BBC Good Food here, including meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan options
  • Culinary king Jamie Oliver has curated these cheap and cheerful recipes
  • If your household needs family meals, blogger More Than A Mummy has these ideas

TOP TIP: The Rainbow Trust, a charity which supports families with a seriously ill child, have launched a campaign to help families create meals for under £5. By signing up for free here, you can receive nutritious weekly recipes designed to keep both your wallet and your tummy full.

Shaun Clayton, a certified nutritionist and the PHA UK’s director of membership support, has this advice:

When it comes to good nutrition, and particularly good nutrition on a budget, planning is everything. The nature of PH means that you can have your good and bad days, and whilst you cannot prepare for when the bad days occur, you can plan with the knowledge that they will happen. That’s why one of my go-to pieces of advice is crock pot batch cooking. These meals needn’t be expensive and can be so nutritious and filling. Importantly, you can get a high number of meals for a lower amount of exertion (compared to making a meal each night).

Choosing a recipe that can be frozen too means your meals will keep for even longer. So if you made something like a sausage casserole or bean stew, you can produce 6 or 7 meals that can be happily frozen for up to 6 months. That way if you were to be having a tough day with your PH, then you know that there is a tasty, nutritious meal already there, just waiting to de frost! Little things like knowing you have a meal already prepared can lessen the burden of your PH on that day, just because it’s one less thing to concern yourself with.

Making a big batch of soup in the same way is a good idea too. Chop you veg, peel your spuds, pop it all in a pan and let it do it’s thing. Once the soup is made, you can freeze it in portions and relax knowing there are meals there when you need them.”

The following advice comes directly from the CF Trust, who have kindly given us permission to reproduce their content in the hope it may help our members too.

  • How to meal plan to save money and waste – Planning before your food shop can be really important if you want to stick to a budget and reduce waste. We have some ideas to help you plan your meals and shopping lists effectively. 
  • How you can reduce the cost of cooking – If we want to eat healthily and cheaply, cooking is hard to avoid. But with many people’s thoughts turning to rising energy bills, we may be thinking twice about how we’re using energy when in the kitchen. Check out our five ways you can save energy while cooking – and still enjoy tasty and nutritious meals.
  • Five top tips for eating well on a budget 
  • Budget-friendly recipes  – Each recipe includes an estimated cost, based on November 2022 price points.