Greener BeeGreen HolidaysMrs Crunch’s top 20 shelf-fillers to keep the kids happy in the holidays

WITH the summer holidays on the horizon, producing three square meals a day isn’t cheap.

That’s why I’ve found some great deals on family faves so the kids will have full tums over the summer – and you won’t have an empty purse at the end of it.

Here are my top 20 buys this week.

Start the day with Nestle Shreddies, 750g, half price at Sainsburys until Tuesday, now 1.75.

Start the day with Nestle Shreddies, 750g, half price at Sainsbury’s until Tuesday, now £1.75.

McVities Jaffa Cakes, 180g, are half price at Tesco until Tuesday, now 59p.

McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes, 180g, are half price at Tesco until Tuesday, now 59p.

Put your feet up with 80 PG Tips Pyramid Tea Bags, down from 2.50 to 2 at Sainsburys until Tuesday.

Put your feet up with 80 PG Tips Pyramid Tea Bags, down from £2.50 to £2 at Sainsbury’s until Tuesday.

Great for sarnies, save 45p on Dairylea Slices, 200g, at Tesco, down to 1 until July 25.

Great for sarnies, save 45p on Dairylea Slices, 200g, at Tesco, down to £1 until July 25.

Cheat a little with 1.30 off an Old El Paso Chicken Fajita Kit at Sainsburys, 2 until Tuesday.

Cheat a little with £1.30 off an Old El Paso Chicken Fajita Kit at Sainsbury’s, £2 until Tuesday.


Save 69p on Kelloggs Coco Pops, 510g, at Waitrose, now just 2.

Save 69p on Kellogg’s Coco Pops, 510g, at Waitrose, now just £2.

Get three Heinz products for 2 from Waitrose until August 8 including Heinz Baked Beans, 75p, and Heinz Macaroni Cheese, 1.07.

Get three Heinz products for £2 from Waitrose until August 8 including Heinz Baked Beans, 75p, and Heinz Macaroni Cheese, £1.07.

For dinner in a dash, Waitrose has cut the price of Napolina Pasta Sauce, 350g, from 1.55 to 1 until Tuesday.

For dinner in a dash, Waitrose has cut the price of Napolina Pasta Sauce, 350g, from £1.55 to £1 until Tuesday.

Save a third on Essential Waitrose cheese including Essential English Mature Cheddar, 550g, down from 4.50 to 3.

Save a third on Essential Waitrose cheese including Essential English Mature Cheddar, 550g, down from £4.50 to £3.

Save 45p when you grab four tins of Green Giant Sweetcorn at Waitrose, now 2.

Save 45p when you grab four tins of Green Giant Sweetcorn at Waitrose, now £2.

Great for lunches on the go, M Just for Kids ten Wheat  White Wraps, 90p from Morrisons.

Great for lunches on the go, M Just for Kids ten Wheat White Wraps, 90p from Morrisons.

At half price you can have McCain Roasted Garlic Wedges on standby, 750g, now 1 from Asda.

At half price you can have McCain Roasted Garlic Wedges on standby, 750g, now £1 from Asda.

Put a Mini Babybel in your packed lunch with a pack of six for 1 at Morrisons, saving 85p until July 23.

Put a Mini Babybel in your packed lunch with a pack of six for £1 at Morrisons, saving 85p until July 23.

Quench your thirst with Morrisons No Added Sugar Apple  Blackcurrant Squash, one litre, was 78p now 72p.

Quench your thirst with Morrisons No Added Sugar Apple Blackcurrant Squash, one litre, was 78p now 72p.

Have spaghetti at the ready for a cheap and filling meal, 55p from Asda for 500g, or buy two packs for 1.

Have spaghetti at the ready for a cheap and filling meal, 55p from Asda for 500g, or buy two packs for £1.

Perfect for a telly night, Morrisons has Butterkist Salted Microwave Popcorn for 1.50, saving 48p.

Perfect for a telly night, Morrisons has Butterkist Salted Microwave Popcorn for £1.50, saving 48p.

Great for dipping, save 75p on Doritos Cool Original, 180g, from Morrisons, 1 until August 8.

Great for dipping, save 75p on Doritos Cool Original, 180g, from Morrisons, £1 until August 8.

Save 90p on Anchor Spreadable, 500g, at Morrisons, 2 until July 23.

Save 90p on Anchor Spreadable, 500g, at Morrisons, £2 until July 23.

Get a 280g family pack of Philadelphia Original Soft Cheese for 1.50 at Asda, down from 2.41.

Get a 280g family pack of Philadelphia Original Soft Cheese for £1.50 at Asda, down from £2.41.

Put in sandwiches, quiches or serve up with an egg  Morrisons Carvery Cooked Thinly Sliced Ham, eight slices, is 1.77 or buy two packs for 3.

Put in sandwiches, quiches or serve up with an egg – Morrisons Carvery Cooked Thinly Sliced Ham, eight slices, is £1.77 or buy two packs for £3.

Lamb kofta kebabs

YOU can make these tasty koftas with turkey or beef mince, too. Grilling them means that any excess fat will drip out to leave you with a lower calorie version of the meal.

(Serves four)

Make your own kebabs with this simple recipe

Make your own kebabs with this simple recipe

YOU NEED:

1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped

300g lamb mince

50g breadcrumbs

2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp ground coriander

1 egg

4 small flour tortillas

½ red cabbage, shredded

1 little gem lettuce

4 tbsp créme fraiche

1 lemon, cut into chunks

METHOD: Place the red onion, mince, breadcrumbs, garlic, cumin, coriander and egg into a mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper.

With clean hands, mix thoroughly. Take four metal skewers, divide the mince mix into four and shape around each skewer.
Grill under a medium heat for 12-15 minutes, turning frequently.

To serve, top a warmed tortilla with a kofta, cabbage, lettuce, créme fraiche and lemon.

Ham and piccalli picnic loaf

Going on a picnic but looking for something a bit different? This could be what you need.

(Serves eight)

Perfect picnic food

Perfect picnic food

YOU NEED:

1 large wholemeal loaf

30g butter

400g cooked ham, sliced

8 slices mature cheddar

1 bunch radishes

1 whole lettuce, torn

6 medium vine tomatoes, sliced

6 tbsp piccalilli

METHOD: Slice top off the loaf. Pull out the soft bread from the centre, so you are left with a hollow shell. (You could blitz the bread into crumbs and freeze them for another recipe)

Brush melted butter over the base and sides of the hollow loaf.

Layer the filling ingredients inside the loaf, using half of each, then the remaining to create two sets of layers, and pack down. Spread piccalilli on to cut side of the top of the loaf. Replace the loaf lid. Wrap in cling film then foil, ready to take on your picnic.

Don’t forget to take a bread knife to slice it up.

Thai pineapple and butternut squash curry

Add chicken for a more meaty dish.

(Serves four)

Pineapple and butternut squash curry

Pineapple and butternut squash curry

YOU NEED:

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

4 tsp Thai red curry paste

1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks

200ml reduced-fat coconut milk

200ml vegetable stock

140g green beans

1 can pineapple chunks in natural juice, drained

1 small bunch coriander leaves, chopped

METHOD: Heat the oil in a wok or pan. Fry the onion for five minutes until softened.

Stir in the red curry paste, then add the squash, coconut milk and stock. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the squash is tender.

After ten minutes of cooking, add the green beans.

Add the pineapple and coriander and cook for a few minutes until the pineapple heats through.

Sprinkle with the coriander leaves and serve.

 

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