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    I think we should fire this thread up again! I've made the cocoa balls, marshmallow slice and also the zucchini and veg slice/quiche.

    An easy recipe that we make regularly that is quite cheap and always lasts for a whole dinner and lunches is sumur (soomoor) or vermicelli chicken. We always have soy, ginger, garlic, and Chinese mushroom. A tin of bamboo shoot is about 80cents and chicken wings are usually about $5 a kilo. Vermicelli is usually about $2. Very cheap, very yummy and goes a long way.

    1 pkt chicken wings cut up
    1 pkt vermicelli
    Light soy
    Dark soy
    Bamboo shoots
    Chinese mushroom
    Garlic
    Ginger

    On a med heat cook garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add chicken and cook until a little browned all over.

    Once browned, add tin of bamboo shoots and sliced Chinese mushrooms (that have been presoaked). Stir them through, then add about 1/4 cup each of light and dark soy. Mix thoroughly and leave to simmer on low until chicken is completely cooked.

    Stir through presoaked vermicelli and then turn of heat and leave for about 10 mins. Serve over rice. Yummmmmmm.

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    Definitely think this thread needs to be revived again.

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    I have another budget recipe which can also be made gluten free

    Soy chicken
    Combine 1/2 cup of soy sauce (gluten free if you like), 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tbs water, 1 tbs oil and 1/2 tsp sesame oil in a small saucepan over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Let it cool slightly.

    Remove skin from approx 1kg chicken drumsticks. Poor marinade over chicken and cook in oven for about 1 hour at 180c. Turn chicken every 20 mins or so. Optional: add pieces of sweet potato in with chicken. Serve with steamed rice. Marinade turns into a lovely sauce.

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    I like baked spuds (or can do them in the microwave to be super quick).
    Topping of chopped cabbage, grated carrot and a bit of grated cheese.
    Greek yoghurt instead of sour cream is a healthier version and saves the need for mayo on the salad component.
    Grated zucchini instead of cabbage is nice.
    I'm also a massel beef stock powder fan and a little sprinkle of this on the spud is really yummy.

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    We make our budget stretch by going vegitarian most of the time.

    Last night we had dahl which is about $2 a packet of yellow split peas and some herbs and spices. It served 4 people. We have half in the freezer. Tonight I am making Jamie Olivers 15 minute ‘Cool Mexican bean wraps’, which I found on the net. The main ingredients are a can of kidney beans, tomatoes and some tortillas. Tomorrow we are having felafel rolls made with a can of chickpeas. All very cheap. All very yummy.

    There was a recent study released which Rosemary Stanton was talking about on the radio at the end of last year that even kids can do better on a vegetarian diet. If you google rosemary Stanton vegetarian diet you will find info about it. There are also other books and stuff around about being vegetarian being a benefit to kids such as ‘disease proof your child’ by Dr Joel Fuhrman. Or ‘prevent and reverse heart disease’ Caldwell Esselstyne.
    I’m really just writing about this to say that there is a lot of info that a vegetarian diet is very healthy and if you’re not giving your kids heaps of meat every night (which is expensive) then it’s OK. Vegitarian food is cheap and can be very healthy for you.

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    Not sure if this recipe has been posted, but it's probably the cheapest meal I know that incorporates being filling and healthy.

    You will need:
    Pumpkin of some description. I like butternut, but eh.
    1-2 carrots
    1 onion
    Tablespoon of garlic
    Veggie/Vegan stock or just water
    Some mixed herbs if you like.

    What you do:
    Dice up the pumpkin, carrot and onion and toss it all in the slow cooker with the tablespoon of garlic and mixed herbs. Top it up with the water/veggie stock. Cook on low for 8 hours at least, but after that it's pretty much whenever you have a minute to get to it.

    Whizz it up. If you like cream in your soup, add it then but otherwise, don't worry about it. It's insanely filling and incredibly tasty and freezes well. I usually get at least 2 meals out of this that fed five or so people. Just grab some rolls if you like, and voila.

    This is awesome 'cause most kids can eat it. No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives if you don't want, cheap, filling and tasty. Makes the house smell amazing too. All up it costs maybe 5 dollars for two meals.

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