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    Forgot to add - the curry feeds 5 of us (dh, me, dd5, dd3 and ds17 months) and we have leftovers (especially when I bulk it up with lentils/chickpeas or filling veg)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetseven View Post
    I'm sorry but what do you use as the starch component of the meal if you don't use rice, pasta, or potato? I'm wracking my brain and the only other thing I can think of is bread, but it is not something I would like to use on a regular basis.
    Generally, I don't.

    I've had weight loss surgery, and can fit in less than a small toddler could eat per meal... and I can't be filling myself up with carbs. I'm supposed to eat mainly protein. Of course, I'm not making several different meals to feed everyone, so I kind of want base meals I can make without carbs (so I can have it), but if I need to add carbs for everyone else, I will. (So like, if we're having a casserole, I might give them mashed potato or rice or something with it... but I still want a complete meal for myself without that addition iykwim).

    I love pasta, but when you have a pasta dish, generally it's no good if you just pick the sauce out of it... which is why I want to avoid these kinds of dishes. I still want to be able to enjoy my food! lol. DP and DD will get breads or potato or rice or pasta with their dinner... just not as an essential component of the meal. Just an add-on.

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    Chilli con carne. very filling and pack it with as much or little protein and veg as you like. We have tomatoes, capsicum, garlic, onion, sweet chillis, mince, beans and whatever veg we have in ours. Serve it with some bread for you family of they feel they need/ want it.
    Curries are another great one. I make this green curry and poach white fish in it. So yummy.
    Soups or casseroles.
    Stir fries
    Egg based dishes
    Rissoles with veg or salad
    Seasoned chicken Breast with veg or salad

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    I agree with PPs, lentils, chickpeas, cannellini beans, etc really help bulk a meal out and add valuable fibre

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    Some of my fave cheapies are:

    - Lentil Shepherd's Pie (with cauliflower mash)

    - Chili con Carne

    - Beef Stroganoff

    - Casseroles / Curries served with green veggies

    - Vegetarian Lasagna

    - Beef Meatballs with veggies

    - Pumpkin & Cauliflower Madras

    - Quiche

    - Beef Chow Mien (no noodles)

    - Meatloaf

    - Stirfry

    - Stuffed Capsicums (when capsicums aren't $9 per kg!!)

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    stir frys without the rice/noodles, curries, stews, hearty soups bulked up with heaps of veg and legumes.
    Maybe even vegetable and/or lentil patties? Served with some salad.. basically a burger without the bread.


 

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