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    My fave easy and cheap recipe is shepards pie, you need 500g mince, 2 cans diced tomatoes, one cup of frozen vegetables, two teaspoons of minced garlic and one onion. Cook all the ingredients and pop it in a big casserole dish, add mashed potato on top and sprinkle some cheese over it and then in an oven of 180 degrees for 15 minutes and done. I usually double the ingredients and freeze half it's so yummy and evens out to only being about $10 and most of those things are already in the cupboard anyway. I have more but ill post later

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    Yummy moist meatloaf for 5-7 people

    1 kg beef mince
    1-2 tsp curry powder
    2 slices bread (multi grain is fine)
    1/2 cup milk
    1/2 cup water
    1 egg
    1 cup smoky bbq sauce

    Soak bread in the milk and water mix until soggy. Add egg, curry powder and mince. Mix until well combined (I use a food processor or stand alone electric beaters). Shape into a loaf (I divide it in half and freeze one for another night). Bake in oven for about 20 minutes or until it gets a light skin. Baste with bbq sauce regularly and cook for a further 30-40 minutes or until cooked (juices run clear).

    Viola yummy meatloaf to serve with mashed potato and honey carrots. Or whatever you feel like. It goes with anything. Use heated bbq sauce to drizzle over meatloaf.

    *you can also add grated carrot, zucchini, peas etc to the mix if you want.

    We fight over the left overs here.

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    Smoky pork "ribs" and wedges feeds 2-3
    2 large pork chops/steaks
    1/4 cup Worcester sauce
    1/4 cup smoky bbq sauce
    5-6 medium/large potatoes
    Salt and pepper

    Slow cook pork and Worcester sauce until pork is tender.

    Cook potatoes in microwave for approx 10 minutes. Cut into quarters, spay with oil, sprinkle salt and pepper and bake till golden brown.

    Meanwhile Carefully lift pork out of slow cooker and arrange on a grilling tray. Coat generously with bbq sauce and grill until the sauce becomes baked on and sticky looking.

    Serve with wedges. (the pork should be big enough to take a little from each chop or steak to feed a child.


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    We do instant noodle packets to save money. Subbing!!

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    I often do a big tray of roast veggies (potatoes, sweet potato, carrots etc) and serve with peas and gravy. Just like having a big roast dinner without the cost of the meat. You don't really miss the meat if you fill up on veg

    When making a chicken curry or satay chicken type dish (meat with simmer sauce etc) I often omit half the meat portion and replace with potato cut into wedges. Makes the meal go further and saves money!

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    We do fried rice with either some left over BBQ chicken, sausages or chicken sausages.

    Or Tuna rissoles. Just a tin of tuna, mashed potato, finely diced onion and an egg all mixed together. Then fry in spray of oil on frypan.

    Add anything to tinned spaghetti. Heat up the spaghetti, fry some onion, tomatoes, mushrooms if you want or pieces of ham or anything really. Mix together and eat on toast.

    Ham steaks are yummy. Cook under grill one side, then turn over and put slice of pineapple and grated cheese and grill that side.

    Chicken drumsticks or wings are cheap. Honey soy, or oyster soy or apricot.

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    I buy a lot of mince and chicken thigh fillets to keep in the freezer, as both are somewhat cheap, and can be used for numerous meals. I do the same with sausages as well.

    Some cheap meal suggestions...

    Sausage Risotto - add 1 diced onion to saucepan with bit of oil and garlic. Add arborio rice. Stir for 1 minute. Add a tin of tomatoes. Stir, stir, blah blah. Eventually it'll start absorbing, and when it does start adding your chicken stock (using stock powder cos it's cheaper). When it's almost all done, add a cup of frozen peas and cook till they're done. Add cooked, sliced sausages. Stir. Season with S&P. Mix in some grated parmesan.

    Fish parcels - get 1kg bag of frozen fish fillets. You get about 8 big pieces for $10, at Coles anyway. Get however many fillets you need, thaw. Pop fillets in a bit of foil with slices of tomato, lemon and olives, add some parsley, wrap with foil. Steam in oven. Serve.

    Tuna and Rice patties - combine eggs, cooked rice (that's rested in the fridge for a day or so... or else use one of those microwave rice sachets instead), and a tin of tuna. Add diced olives or semi-dried toms for extra flavour. Add s&p and some herbs if you want. Form into patties (they will be quite soft) and fry until cooked. They're really yummy and good cold as well. Serve with veges/salad.

    Cream-less vege carbonara: Cook pasta and bacon (or chicken or sausages, whatever), steam brocolli, sliced zucchini and squash. In a jug, gently combine 3 eggs with some grated parmesan. Pop hot, just-cooked pasta in big serving bowl. Very quickly pour in the egg/cheese mix and combine. Keep moving it so it doesn't turn into scrambled eggs. Then add your veges and meats. Serve.

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