Tasty easy recipes that dont break the bank


Hello & Welcome to the Credit Crunch Cooke! Simple recipes that are low on cost but high on flavour!

With the current state of the economy thrifty cooking is very important, did you know that the average household wastes about £480 worth of food a year?

Shocking isn't it?! Don't worry though, with some savvy shopping & cooking you can keep your purses & tummies full, & as someone who shops & cooks in the real world I can help! 

So whether your a family of four, cooking for one or a hard up student, get your cupboards stocked, put on your apron & head for the kitchen, because it's time for some Credit Crunch Cooking!!  

Hi everyone! Ok so I've decided to make a change to the home page & make it more interesting!

From now on as well as news of my latest recipes I will share with you any interesting new ingredients, bargains & kitchen kit I've found! Don't forget to join in too, just email me on creditcrunchcooke@gmail.com with details of your find! 

What's cooking?!


Hello everyone I hope you've all had a great weekend!

There are only two new additions this week I'm afraid as I've been busy re-shooting more of my older recipes but these two are pretty awesome if I say so myself! First is My Big Fat Italian Style Sandwich! Don't be fooled though this is not just an ordinary sarnie & not for the faint hearted! 

Next although a little late for Independence Day is my American Feast! Chicken Wings, Potato Skins & Onion Rings plus a creamy & decadent Blue Cheese dip! 

As I mentioned above I've been re-shooting more of my older recipes I they look great!! First are two of my easiest puds Cheesecake Pots & Peaches & Cream Trifles! Next another delicious dessert-my Marmalade Sandwich Pud in honour of my favourite little bear from Darkest Peru! Finally one of my popular takeaway alternatives Easy Chicken Curry gets a photo makeover!

Don't forget you can come & visit me on Facebook (as The Credit Crunch Cooke) & Twitter @mrscreditcrunch!

Have a great week, love from Sarah xxxxxxxxxx


Where is he time going?! I can't believe it's almost July! Well it's been pretty busy here at Triple C HQ I've been doing LOTS of recipe testing & as a consequence it makes the blog a bit quiet-sorry!!

Anyway to make up for it here are a couple of spicy gems! First up we have my Spicy Prawn & Sesame Noodles, make as hot (or not!) as you like for a quick easy week night dish! Next is Spicy Coconut Chicken, this one is on the milder side but still full of flavour! 

Have a great weekend, love from Sarah xxx 


Well it's another Bank Holiday weekend & the weather could be better!! Oh well if it's still a little chilly where you are then warm yourself up with my latest additions! First there's my Cheesy Leeks with Eggs, perfect for brunch or light evening meal-just add crusty bread! That tin of condensed chicken soup you've got in your cupboard can be put to good use in my Chicken Mushroom & Tarragon Pie

I'm currently looking at how I can make the site more interactive so keep watching for any changes! Have a great weekend whatever you're up to!! 


Hello everyone, sorry it's been a bit quiet on here of late things have been a bit hectic here at Triple C HQ! Now things have settled down (a bit!) I have had the chance to add a couple of brand new recipes! First is my Fish & Bean Stew delicious, filling & fairly healthy too as an added bonus! Next is Keema & Potato Curry, another easy dish using good old mince! The best thing about this weeks additions is that they make great use of store cupboard ingredients so hopefully you should be able to whip them up in no time!

Cleo the cat has definitely got her paws under the table & made herself at home!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend & have a great week! 


Hi everyone, well it's almost the weekend & I'm clinging to the hope that this lovely weather stays with us for the next few days!

Our new cat Cleo has definitely made herself at home, she is a bit of a princess but she's very loveable too so can get away with it!

Over the last few months I have been re-shooting the photos of some of my older recipes & below are my most recent ones. Clockwise from top left: Tuna Pasta Bake, Mac 'N' Cheese, One Pan Roast & Smoky Sausage One Pot. 

Also this week I finally got round to adding my Mexican Feast! It's something I have been making for years & a real favourite in our house! If you are thrifty with your shopping & have your store cupboard well stocked you can make it for about £10 like I did!


Hello everyone I hope you've all had a lovely Easter & enjoyed your long weekend! I have of course been busy in the kitchen again but I did have a bit of a distraction on Saturday! The grey fluffball on the right is Cleo, the newest member of the Winkle/Triple C household! She has settled in really well & is snuggled up beside me as I type!

When I did manage to get into the kitchen I retested a recipe that I've been working on for a while..my Veggie Bean Burgers! I'm happy to say that I have finally perfected them & the recipe is all ready for you to try! Also this weekend I have added another budget friendly pasta dish, my Spaghetti & Prawns Alfredo is delicious & creamy & my current favourite! 


Hi everyone I hope you've all had a lovely weekend, Monday always comes round too soon for me & none more so than this Monday but that's probably because I've just had 10 lovely days off! There has been a good balance of work & play (mine & Mr W's birthdays!) & I have added a few new recipes for you enjoyment!

Have a fab week love from Sarah xxxx

So my love affair with Lidl continues & I couldn't resist a visit this week! I had had an idea for a quick & easy tart & they had just what I needed. Their ready rolled puff pastry is a bargain at 99p & I didn't hesitate to snap one up (or was it two?!) The recipe for my Pear & Ginger Tart is so simple I really hope you enjoy it!

As well as the Pear & Ginger Tart, new this week is my French Onion Soup with Cheesy Croutons a delicious filling dish & a meal in itself! For baking fans there are my fab Chocolate Lovelies & trust me they live up to their name!


My current obsession with Lidl is getting out of hand & I keep finding myself in there when I don't need anything! This week I discovered these lovely tea bags, now I'm a Yorkshire Tea girl to the end but sometimes dabble in the herbal type & these delicious Lemon & Ginger ones are really refreshing! You feel like they are doing you good & they are at only 89p for 40 bags!

I have had a bit of a back log of recipes to add to the website this weekend! Of course it doesn't help when you somehow manage to pull an intercostal muscle & can't move properly for over a week! Anyway I think I am finally managing to catch up & here are the newbies! First up is my no frills Lasagne, easier to make than you might think! Next is a delicious veggie pie-Homity Pie to be precise & very filling it is too! Perfect for sharing, my Greek Feast should go down well with a crowd & last but by no means least a family friendly dish of Chicken & Broccoli Bake!

I hope you enjoy them & don't forget if you would like to share photos of your efforts you can post them on my Facebook page!


Thursday 19th February is Chinese New Year & I have just added a new recipe to celebrate! My delicious & easy Chinese Chicken uses ingredients that you can keep in your store cupboard so you can make it again & again! Try buying your chicken from your local butcher too for better quality & value!


On a recent trip to Morrison's I found this little pot of deliciousness! It's a creamy garlic dip & at £1 for 190g I thought it would be rude not to take some home with me!

Oh & am I glad I did?! As well as being a fantastic dip with crackers or chips I can highly recommend it with cheese on toast! Toast your bread lightly on both sides then spread a thin layer of the garlic dip on one side & top with cheese. Grill until bubbling-YUM!!

My hubby knows I love cute bits & bobs for the kitchen & came home with these gorgeous mini casserole dishes the other day! They are from Home Bargains & cost £1.49 each, they are probably a bit too small for individual casseroles (but maybe I'm just greedy-haha!) but you could serve other things in them like rice or vegetables. Watch out because mine will be making an appearance shortly!

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