Healthy low-cost family meals

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In the latest in our series aimed at helping cash-strapped Islanders during the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, Eurostore Fox owner Helmet Fuchs offers a selection of low-cost recipes, all of which have been made for a total cost of less than £5

THE Family Meals for a Fiver initiative continues this week with something of a health-focused and European flavour.

Having agreed to take part in the challenge, Helmut Fuchs – who is the co-founder and co-owner of Polish superstore Eurostore Fox in Beresford Street – has put together a low-cost ‘keto-friendly’ diet for readers to try at home.

‘Me and my partner, Katarzyna, have both been doing a low-carb keto diet for about four years now,’ says Czech Republic-born Helmut, who has lived in Jersey for 18 years.

‘Keto diets are getting more and more popular and have been recognised as beneficial, and not just for those involved with sport and athletics. I started the diet in order to lose weight and I had great success and it quickly became a part of my healthy habits. I am not a doctor or a diet expert, but I consider it one of best things I have ever done in terms of my health and wellbeing.

‘I thought it would be interesting to create a low-cost keto-friendly menu for JEP readers using the “£5 or less” criteria.’

As always, all ingredients were bought from the Co-op, although – as Helmut points out – many of the ingredients used in his dishes are also available from Eurostore Fox.

Keto margherita pizza, £4.98


7 eggs (2 boiled and 2 raw), 96p

2 tablespoons of linseed powder (50g) or breadcrumbs, 55p

1 small onion, 16p

100g kale, 75p

1/2 garlic, 23p of 45p garlic

400g natural yoghurt, £1.36

Chives 1/2 pack (60g), 70p

Lard, ghee butter or oil

Salt and pepper


Egg cutlets:

1) Finely chop an onion and fry it in butter until it is soft.

2) Grate the boiled eggs, then add the raw eggs, fried onion, chopped chives, salt, and pepper.

3) Form the cutlets (you should get about eight small cutlets from this portion).

4) Coat each cutlet with linseed or breadcrumbs, then fry the cutlets in oil, about four minutes each side.

5) Place them briefly on a plate lined with paper towels to drain off excess fat.

Fried kale:

1) Soak kale leaves in a large bowl of water for about two minutes, and then drain.

2) Heat oil or ghee butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until sizzling, about one minute. Add kale to the skillet and place a cover over the top.

3) Cook, stirring occasionally until kale is bright green and slightly tender, approx. 6-7 minutes.


1) Crush the garlic cloves, approx. four.

2) Combine the crushed garlic with the natural yoghurt.

3) Sprinkle with chopped chives.

Helmut Fuchs Family Meals for a Fiver. Pizza dish finished. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (35089238)

Crispy egg cutlets with fried kale and garlic yoghurt, £4.71


330g mild cheddar cheese, £2.60

100g mozzarella cheese, £1.19

Approx. two tablespoons of mayo (35g), 12p

4 eggs, 55p

5 leaves of fresh basil, 17p

1/2 a tin of chopped tomatoes, 35p

Herbs, dry basil, oregano

Salt and pepper


Pizza crust:

1) To begin you will need shredded mild cheddar cheese.

2) Add two tablespoons of mayo (35g), shredded cheddar cheese, 4 x eggs, basil, oregano, pepper and salt into the bowl.

3) Mix until completely incorporated.

4) Spread the dough evenly on a form with lined baking parchment paper.

5) The dough will need to be baked twice, once for the crust to bake and next for the cheese and sauce. The first time it is baked for 20 minutes (180°C). While it’s baking, this would be a good time to prepare the sauce.

6) Add the sauce (see method below), again spread it evenly, and then add the mozzarella cheese.

7) Bake it for another 10 minutes.

8) Remove it from the oven and wait at least three minutes before serving.

9) Add fresh basil leaves.


1) 100g of chopped tomatoes mix with dry basil in blender – that’s it.

Helmut Fuchs Family Meals for a Fiver Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (35089259)

Tomato avocado cream soup with mozzarella, £4.99


3 x tins of chopped tomatoes (400g), £2.07

1 avocado, £1.20

1 mozzarella, £1.35

1/2 garlic, 23p of 45p garlic

4g fresh ginger, 5p

4 leaves for fresh basil, 14p

3 tablespoons of olive oil

300ml of water

Salt and pepper

Red paprika powder and red chilli flakes


1) Cook the tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, red paprika powder and chilli flakes for about 10 minutes from the moment of boiling on medium-high power (7 out of 10).

2) Grate fresh garlic and add into the soup.

3) Chop avocado into small cubes.

4) When some of the water evaporates, add chopped avocado, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and blend it.

5) After blending, check the taste. Cook for about 5 more minutes.

6) Cut the mozzarella into small cubes.

7) Add the mozzarella and fresh basil leaves to the soup just before eating.

Helmut Fuchs Family Meals for a Fiver. Soup. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (35089228)

WIN £50 worth of shopping from the Co-op

THE Co-op is kindly offering £50 worth of shopping to one lucky JEP reader as a competition prize.

To enter, simply answer the following question:

On which street in St Helier is Eurostore Fox located?

Send your answer to, or by post to Co-op Competition, Features Desk, Jersey Evening Post, PO Box 582, St Helier, JE4 8XQ. Closing date for entries is Friday 24 February.

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