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Hi, lovely read­ers! Wel­come to the first of my three- part Save With Jamie se­ries, where I’ll be giv­ing you a bunch of recipes from my new book, right here, ev­ery Sun­day. The rea­son I wrote this book is to show you that cook­ing tasty, nu­tri­tious, ex­cit­ing food doesn’t have to be ex­pen­sive — and I wrote it be­cause all you guys asked for a book on this sub­ject. Be­lieve me, armed with a bit of knowhow, we can all cook good healthy food, no mat­ter what our bud­get, and th­ese recipes re­flect just that — gor­geous meals that are ac­ces­si­ble, trust­wor­thy and su­per af­ford­able.

This week’s recipes all cel­e­brate us­ing meat in dif­fer­ent ways, start­ing with a clas­sic Sun­day roast chicken that’s juicy, suc­cu­lent and guar­an­teed to leave you with plenty of left­overs. The point of th­ese recipes — and what the book demon­strates — is that em­brac­ing your left­overs is one of the key ways to waste less and save money: you can buy a whole chicken for lit­tle more than the cost of two chicken breasts, but you can stretch the meat and car­cass to make so many amaz­ing meals. Take the Quick Chi­nese Wrap and Roast Chicken & Sweet Pea Risotto as beau­ti­ful, de­li­cious ex­am­ples of mak­ing your money go fur­ther.

Clever shop­ping is also about know­ing how to cook more un­usual cuts of meat (which also tend to be cheaper!) and keep­ing your eyes peeled for good deals — in my book I give a recipe for a Lovely Lamb Pie, where I use left­over meat and great-value kid­neys that taste de­li­cious when slowly stewed. Beef shin is also a great cheap cut and when treated with lots of love and at­ten­tion, as is the case with my Mex­i­can Beef Chilli, you can turn it into an ab­so­lute knock­out meal.

The book is packed with recipes and tips like th­ese, show­ing you that we can all cook in­cred­i­ble, nutr itious, great- value meals, sim­ply by re­mem­ber­ing to shop smart, cook clever and waste less. Look out for a few of my fishy favourites next week!

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