Our recent ‘State of the Nations Plate’ survey shows that since lockdown restrictions began 43% of people are worried about the extra cost of providing food for their household. The good news is 44% are enjoying cooking more since lockdown restrictions began.

We’ve put our aprons on and raided our fridges to come up with ten totally delicious, super easy, lockdown lunch recipes. If you’re missing ingredients, either leave them or make a substitute. Our top ten store cupboard substitutions might help!  

1) Fridge forage stir fry

Fridge forage is a term we use for when we’re making the most out of the ingredients we already have in the house. It’s better for the environment and your pocket. This fridge forage stir fry is versatile to help you make use of what you have, and the sauce totally pops in a way that means you’ll be making it again and again.

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2) Pea and mint soup

Simplicity and flavour marry up in this soup. Peas and garden mint are a match made in heaven. With just a few ingredients this dish is a great option for when it is tricky to get to the shops.

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3) Proper spicy beans on toast

Of course you can open a tin, heat it up and pour it over your toast, but this recipe has ten times the flavour and even better you know exactly what’s in it and you can season and spice it up to just how you like it. This is a great way of using up an old loaf.

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4) Sage and white bean pasta

Aromatic sage is a British garden mainstay and a regular in Italian cooking. We have paired it with white beans in this delicious pasta.

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5) Grilled mackerel and warm new potato salad with spring onions and spinach

New potatoes are young potatoes and unlike their fully-grown counterparts, they keep their shape once cooked and cut. They are also sweeter and are therefore particularly suited to salads. They are at their best in the spring. Eating in season is a good way of reducing air miles and building our soil health. This salad has all the flavour of the season on show, as new potatoes are paired with mackerel - one of the most sustainable and affordable fishes.

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6) Bubble and squeak with a poached egg

This twist on bubble and squeak with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce makes a great brunch/ lunch dish. It’s a traditional food waste buster too, cooked on a Monday to use up leftovers from a Sunday roast.

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7) Black bean tacos

These earthy black bean tacos are delicious and also a great source of protein. They’re also much less carbon intensive than meat, which is good news for your taste buds and the environment. Try pairing with peacamole and pico de gallo.

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8) Aromatic tomato dal

A delicious dal doesn’t just polish your environmental halo, it’s also full of delicious, feel good ingredients, leaving you fuller for longer. If that’s not enough, it’s cheap as chips to make.

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9) Kedge or vedge

Kedgeree combines the dual traditional British Friday night foods of fish and curry, and is so full of flavour that it works without the fish too. It is traditionally a breakfast dish, but is also great for lunch or dinner. What’s more, it’s a perfect home for leftover rice, and odds and ends of herbs and greens. What’s not to like?   

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10) Green bean and spinach risotto

Risotto is a northern Italian rice dish cooked with broth until it reaches a creamy consistency. It provides a great way to use whatever vegetables are in season and of course leftover wine or cheese that has gone a bit hard.

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If you like these ideas, you’ll love Hubbub’s guide to Savvy Living, a hub of tips and inspiration to make the most of time at home, from making food go further to growing your own. With working from home expected to cost the UK an additional £52 million a week in bills, try these tips to save energy and money around your home. #LiveSavvy