Healthy meals for less than £1

Free course helps people cook amazing meals on strict budget

By Henrietta East

Time to dine. Credit: Bags of Taste


Free cooking courses that help people make healthy meals for less than £1 a portion are launching in Haringey in June.

Bags of Taste will teach local residents how to cook tasty meals that are better than the take-away. The fun and free classes show students where to buy healthy and cheap ingredients and shares tips on reducing food wastage. People are also taught knife skills.

We teach people how to make meals at home that are not only better than the take-away but are so much better for your health, waistline, and wallet. We’re going to give you the confidence to make Singapore noodles, fish curry, Indonesian vegetable curry, Xinjiang Cumin Chicken to name but a few.

The courses are fun and friendly and we’re all about giving people the skills they need to cook exciting tasty food on a budget. We find that people who come on the course are saving on average 25 percent a year on their food bill.

Bags of Taste is a social enterprise that already runs hugely successful courses across London.

Alicia Weston, founder of Bags of Taste, says: “We are delighted that we are launching our courses in Haringey. Our fun and friendly lessons are designed to break down the barriers to cooking healthy meals at home and show people how to eat better for less.

“We give our students the confidence and motivation to continue cooking at home, and in turn save money and improve health and wellbeing.”

The hands-on lessons will run for four weeks from Tuesday 19 June to 10 July, from 11am to 1.30pm at Chestnuts Community Centre on St Ann’s Road.

Students will be shown how to make two exciting and tasty recipes and then have the chance to make both dishes, before sitting down as a group to eat the food they have made.

At the end of the class, students can buy a £3 bag of ingredients that contains enough food to make four meals.

Registration for the course is essential.

For more information and to register:

Call 07759 500 485 (Henrietta)