Speaking of chicken thighs and drumsticks, I came across this recipe in a magazine and my kids love it:
Mix maple syrup, whole grain mustard, lemon, and garlic in a bowl. Coat chicken seasoned with salt and pepper with mixture, then coat chicken in seasoned breadcrumbs. Bake on a rack at 170 for 45 minutes, or until juices run clear.
7 layer casserole
Layer in a casserole dish in the the following order (potatoes on bottom)
- 3-4 potatoes, sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 1-2 sticks celery, sliced
- 1/4 cup raw rice
- 200g frozen peas
- 1 tin condensed tomato soup mixed with 1 tin water
- 8 sausages (I boil, skin and slice them)
Bake covered for 1 1/2 hours at 180 degrees, add grated cheese on top for last half hour.
So yummy and there's always leftovers.
Risotto is my face cheap meal.
1 cup a aborio rice
5 short cut rashers bacon
2 cups mushrooms (or as many as little as you want)
1 litre chicken stock (I use massel salt reduced cubes as its cheap and goes far)
Make the stock with boiling water first
Fry off onion, add bacon fry
Add rice, stir until changed color
Add stock one cup at a time and stir til dissolved, reserve the last cup
Add mushrooms, stir and add last cup of stock
(I normally check its cooked enough, sometimes it needs some more stock
You can add a dash of cream and some parmesan but i find it isn't necessary if trying to keep the cost (and fat) down.
Whole family love it
4 x chicken thigh fillets
2 x can diced tomatoes
lots of mushrooms
lots of red capsicum
1 x onion diced
1/2 jar spanish olives
2 teas crushed garlic
2 tbs worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp tabasco sauce,
1 tsp piri piri seasoning
salt and pepper
Chuck it all in a big saucepan and bring to the boil (you may need to add a little bit more water later on).... then simmer for at least 2 hours.
You can make it more or less spicy if you like - i skip the tabasco sauce personally as its spicy without it
Peach / mango chutney
Prosciutto (3 slices per pizza)
3 rounds baby bocconcini (per pizza)
Place all ingredients on bread and bake at 180c for 10-15 mins
Creamy meatballs (to use in spag bog)
Beef mince (500-750g)
250g sour lite cream
1 tsp sea salt
¼ tsp garlic salt, 3 garlic cloves, handful fresh breadcrumbs
Combine all ex half sour cream, roll into balls, brown in frying pan. Dilute remaining sour cream with 2 tbs water, mix well, spread over meat balls bake for 160c for 30 mins
Serve with pasta and jar of pasta sauce
Chicken and Jarlsberg Cassarole
chicken breast fillets or thigh / drumsticks for cheaper option
can of condensed cream of chicken soup
slices of jarlsberg cheese (or grated, however you like it)
lay the breast fillets on the bottom of a casserole dish (if they're particular big, maybe slice them horizontally first)
combine the soup with about 1/2 cup of milk, season with salt and pepper and stir well
pour over the breasts
layer the cheese over the breasts, and bake at 170 degrees for an hour
Serve with salad, rice or mashed potato or anything really!!
My very broke dinner is mash potato sweet potato cheese and corn crenels mixed together. And 2 min noodles mixed with mince and home brand mix veg n tomato sauce I made it as baby food for my DS when it was just me and him and I had a bad week. That's all I had left so I made his dinners as that doesn't sound too exciting but it's filling
I got this recipe from skinnygirltaste
Spaghetti with Creamy Butternut Leek Parmesan Sauce
Boil 500g of pumpkins until soft. Blend.
Use the same water to cook about 250g of spaghetti.
Meanwhile, sauté a leek and 2 cloves of garlic. Add pureed pumpkin. Season. Use some leftover pasta water to thin out to your liking.
Stir in 1/4c shaved parmesan and 4 sage leaves.
Mix in spaghetti.
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