Good job travelmum - very nice of you to go to the effort to help others.
Another tip i have for those struggling is to use lentils - dry lentils are pretty cheap and are great at bulking up meals and filling up tummies.
I ate a lot of lentils when i younger and had a tiny grocery budget.
I have a delish pumpkin and lentil curry if anyone is interested.
If your kids are a bit older, curries are excellent. They freeze well, you can make them in bulk and vegetable curries are great. You can also use older meats - like mutton - and cook thyem very slowly and they curry really well. The spices ext also last for ages and you don't use much at a time
What a wonderful idea you had, and fantastic that you went to such an effort to help others.
Jender: Yeah, can you post the curry recipe? Do love a good cheap curry!!
One that comes to mind though was fresh chicken drumsticks (as it's often the cheapest cut of chicken but you can buy a different portion if you prefer or have the money etc) marinaded in soy sauce mixed with approx 1/4 cup of honey served on a bed of rice. Cheap, easy & filling (providing you don't have allergies or a special needs diet) This is even cheaper if you already have back up supply of rice in your pantry (we buy a 10kg bag about twice a year when they are on special - usually $10-$15 - to guarantee no one will ever starve - I have been known to sit down to a bowl of rice with a light sprinkling of soy sauce when things have been tough and have actually enjoyed it as something different!)
Another was a packet of hokkien noodles from the supermarket fridge, a bag of frozen stir fry vegies (the ones that usually comes with a sauce satchet in them) and a couple of chicken breasts or a few thighs cut up (or a rump steak if you prefer beef or it's on special etc.) Stir fry the vegies and the meat, heat the noodles in a bowl of boiling water (eg. boil the kettle and pour over the noodles. Stir them around with a for to separate after a few minutes & they will be hot and ready to eat in approx 5 minutes) Serve however your prefer (either meat and veg on noodles or all 3 things mixed together)
quick, easy, basic quiche = 3 or 4 eggs, 150g diced bacon, 1/2 cup grated cheese, 3/4 cup pastry mix, 1 & 1/2 cups milk, diced onion, salt and pepper to taste. Mix altogether in no particular order in a mixing bowl. Pour into a greased quiche dish and bake for about 45 minutes at 180 degrees. Serve alone or with salad or vegies. Don't know the cost on this one - but we do this often so it musn't be expensive.
Will be back soon when I actually find my lists and recipes
Last edited by mummynow; 22-10-2010 at 16:38.
Roast pumpkin soup - roast a medum pumpkin, 2 onions and 4 large potatos for 45 mins at 180°C then puree with a stick blender add some milk and stock for the right consistency, we like it thick, and salt and pepper for seasoning. serves a family of 5 for 2 meals. i serve with bread. variation: use coconut milk and curry powder for a spicy pumpkin soup or add bacon and some herbs. This soup is easy to make in large quantities and freezes really well. the kids love it!
Last edited by Ready To Run; 22-10-2010 at 17:29.
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