Just wanted to add, to anyone who makes my tuna mornay i now have some variations. 1. cook as normal, stir through some diced veges and serve in a bowl. 2. cook as normal and spread mashed potato over the top, put on some grated cheese and bake in the oven until golden. 3. for leftovers, this recipe doubles, triples etc... really well and its great heated the next day on toast. 4. make leftovers into little pies, the kids love them, and adults too and you can serve with veges, salad or by themselves
Last edited by Ready To Run; 19-12-2010 at 07:35.
Just wanted to bump this thread again because it's so awesome.
This is a fantastic thread! Thank you everyone for your tips and experiences. I too am very fortunate and don't have to worry about being on a tight budget, but it has actually been budgeting that has gotten me to this position. I can not recommend budgeting enough!
Recently, we had been away for a week and returned home to an almost empty fridge and pantry. Both hubby and I couldn't be bothered doing a grocery shop nor did we feel like takeaway or going out either. We did manage to gather the following, from what we thought was an empty kitchen:
So we made soup, and it was surprisingly nice and quite healthy too! The ingredients are all very cheap. We were just amazed how we managed to make a meal out of 'nothing'!
Keep the replies coming, I look forward to the next update!
It really pays to keep your eyes open. I was at the shops the other day and was passing a fruit/veg shop I don't normally go to and stopped. I grabbed a 5kg bag of new potatoes for only $3!
ALso, Woolworths have Raguletto Pasta Sauce jars on special for only $1 this week.
We use any left over chicken dishes - currys / roast / mexican whatever it might be, the next night by putting it in some pastry and baking. Makes a yummy chicken pie
i have a veg family too, it is always so frustrating when meat foods go on special but it rare to find vegie "meats" on special, unless they are not going to sell them in the store anymore & need to offload them quickly.Sadly us being vegetarian and my son having multiple allergies (gluten free especially = $$$$$!!! blows out that budget somewhat but I do get where you are coming from.
i do suggest going to indian/asian supermarkets as they often have a higher level of veg stuff at cheaper prices
Last edited by BeccyXD; 05-08-2011 at 16:54.
I am going to attempt this next pay. Going to work out what i will need exactly but might up the budget to $60 so i have that breathing space and can still buy my normal free range organic eggs as i cant physically force myself to buy home brand ones.
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We can never get cheap gelatin free yoghurt, although I have noticed sanitarium have some yoghurts out now & they are on special because they are new, don't know how long it will stay cheap though!.
I think Aldi do a loaf of bread for .99c but am not sure about milk.
Here's an old favourite which I'm sure kids will love (mine is too young yet
3 cups spiral pasta (or penne)
1 onion, diced
1 teaspoon garlic
1 scoop diced bacon (from the deli)
1 green capsicum, diced
6-8 frankfurts, sliced
1 x 800 g tin chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
Pepper, to taste
Cook pasta in boiling water til tender. Heat oil in frypan. Add onion, garlic, bacon and capsicum and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add frankfurts, cook for a further 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs, garlic and pepper and simmer for 5 minutes. Toss pasta through sauce. Pour into oven proof dish. Sprinkle with cheese and bake at 180 degs until cheese has browned.
I have also added frozen/tinned corn for colour, and if you have carrots or zuchinni on hand you could probably get away with grating them and adding them too (kids probably won't notice
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