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Controlling Portion Size Saves Money

lasagnaOne lb (454g) minced beef is on sale in Superquinn for €2, reduced from €4.69.

I bought 2lbs and made two lasagnas: four days dinners for two. Finally, we were able to resist the to resist the temptation for seconds –  normally we eat too much and are stuffed. It’s totally unnecessary and a waste of food that could be kept for more dinners. This time, however, we have enough for three days of more lasagna.

I usually find portion control quite difficult, especially with a dish such as this: if I make lots of food and it’s nice, I always want more. Ah, but this time:

  • We bulked out on some home-made garlic bread, made using Superquinn bakery’s delicious  Hi-Fibre bread (€2.19)
  • I only cooked enough lasagna for two while – from the same batch – preparing three dishes for the freezer (Assemble the freezer-bound lasagnas, don’t put them in the oven, freeze when cooled)
  • For Italian food, finish the meal with a simple salad (rocket, celery, cherry tomato, red pepper, balsemic dressing). It helps in digestion and rounds off the appetite nicely – you’ll be unlikely to want any more rich, tomato, cheesy pasta

The total cost of eight generous portions of lasagna with ingredients from Superquinn (meat, onions, garlic, basil, cheddar cheese – €8.77) and from Lidl (1Lorganic milk for €1.19) – was €9.96. I already had tinned tomatoes and parmesan cheese. I’m pretty sure I could have made this cheaper while still using good quality ingredients.


  1. A friend of mine is suggesting I use Flavor Magic Portion Control Sheets, which she describes as basically a portioning guide that also seasons the food. Kind of like the “palm of hand” rule, but more accurate. Does anyone have input on this one? She claims it is working for her with home cooking. I want to give it a shot but it looks like it is only available online.

  2. Thanks a mill for this blog. We all need tips to save money in these times and people waste so much food nowadays anyway!!! So many good recepies here