Our fave cheap meal is beef mince, diced onion, tin of tomato soup, tin of crushed tomatoes and a small tub of sour cream all cooked together and served over rice. Very cheap and filling! And so yummy on toasted sandwichs too lol.
Anything with pasta or rice. Chicken fried rice (mix cooked rice, fried veg & chicken). Same with pasta. Meatloaf (carrot, onion, cheap mince, egg & bread crumbs). Omelette is super cheap (add potatoes & chorizo for spanish omelette), sausages are cheap too, especially if you cut them into pieces and mix with veg and pasta/rice/potatoes
Risotto is one of our cheap favorites, or a curry using lentils or beans . They both go long way!
I have found making big quantities of veggie meals is quite budget conscious as you can eat it for a few nights and freeze.
I haven't ever costed them, but some ones i think that are budget that i make are:
- pumpkin and red lentil soup (when pumpkins are cheap, i guess) (pumpkin, red lentils, stock in slow cooker)
- split pea soup (split peas, whatever veggies you have, stock)
- veg shepherds pie (onion, garlic, whatever veggies you have - i put them in the food processer for a spin to make them smaller - and whatever legumes you have with gravy and herbs, and then potato on top
- pumpkin soup
- veggie soup made with whatever needs to be used up or is cheap at the grocers
- fried rice (ham, frozen mixed veg, egg, garlic, soy sauce etc)
- stews/casseroles: use up cheap cuts of beef, add tinned tomatoes and veg with garlic etc
- chow mien
- stir fry with two min noodles
- home made Lebanese bread pizza
Silverside and white sauce.
Fishcakes made with tinned fish, mash sweet potato and cream corn, crumbed and baked in oven.
Roast chicken pieces.
Homemade mac and cheese.
At leonards they sell Chicken stir fry made with fresh veg for around $12 a kg which in my opinion isn't a bad price for fresh ingredients.
subbing and putting down an idea for pesto, its just pasta and pesto, one bottle of pesto can last for ages all you need is one teaspoon per person and some olive oil.
meatballs and mash potatoes
and you can bake bread at home, its easier than you think! just flour yeast water little oil and what ever herbs you have.
good luck and watch the specials!
4 eggs whisked lightly
Any veg you like (our fave is onion, mushroom, zucchini/broccoli)
Teaspoon crushed garlic
3/4 cup milk
1 cup grated cheese
Half a cup SR flour
Mix, pour in greased quiche/pie dish. Bake for approximately 30 mins 170 degrees.
Delicious, nutritious and so cheap!
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