We never had a lot of money growing up and these were some meals we had regularly - (aka 101 things to do with Campbells mushroom soup!)
One large tin of tuna, one tin of mushroom soup, frozen peas, corn and carrot, grated cheese and one small diced onion. Mix all of the above together in an oven proof dish, add half - to 3/4 of a pack of cooked pasta, stir. Top with more cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake at 200 for about 20-30mins or until brown and on top.
I kg chicken pieces on the bone, one large onion diced or 6 pickling onions halved, one small tub of sour cream, one tin mushroom soup, 1/2 glass or white wine or water, salt, pepper, grated cheese. Put chicken pieces and onion into a casserole dish. Mix sour cream, soup and wine/water in a jug and poor over chicken. Top with a decent amount of cheese. Bake at 180 for about 2 hours or until chicken is falling off the bone and top is brown. Serve with rice and peas.
Spag Bol - everyone has their own recipe for that.
Chilli Con Carne.
Feeds 4-6 for as little as $15.55.
It's so easy to make from scratch I don't bother with packets anymore!
550g mince (or chicken) - $4.38 to $7.65 (heart smart)
1 or 2 cans red kidney beans $0.83 to $1.66
1 teaspoon cumin (staple or $2)
1 teaspoon mild paprika (staple or $2)
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves (staple or $2)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
20 taco shells or 2 x 8pk multigrain tortillas - $3.76 to $5.92
1/2 shredded lettuce - $1.50
2 x grated carrot - $0.68
3 x chopped tomatoes - $1.65
150g grated cheese - $1.05
Salsa - $1.70
I'll be back with a picklet recipe.
It's not particularly healthy but is easy and tastes great.
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cooled cooked rice
veges- whatevers in the fridge or freezer cut up small
extras- bacon or chicken or some egg omelette
Heat wok or fry pan and cook bacon, chicken or omelette. Remove from pan. Add some oil and cook veges until tender, add in rice and add in extra soy sauce, and other seasonings you like. Add in protein to re- heat and serve.
With meals like this a little meat or protein goes a long way, plus you use up lots of veges.
My cheap meals are generally slow cooker stews.
About 500g chuck steak, 2 carrots, 1 potato or 1/2 sweet potato, 2 stalks celery, 1 brown onion, 1 tin crushed tomato, 1-2 tins water or stock. (The veg varies depending on what I have that needs using).
I dice the meat (trim off fat) and coat it in a little plain flour and brown in some oil and chuck it in the slowcooker with all the other ingredients. Cook on slow for 8 hours or high for 4. If I have baby spinach or herbs that need using I throw them in just before serving, also sometimes a can of chick peas or 5 bean mix. I serve on rice and I would generally get 5-6 adult serves out of it. Sorry I have no idea on cost - most expensive would be the meat at around $5, so maybe $12 all up?
Last edited by decemberbubba; 13-11-2013 at 12:09.
Made this last night. Got 5 meals out of it (Again for three grown adults. Two of which are menfolk who eat like they've never even seen food before)
5 sausages (Two each for the boys, one for me.)
Two tins of coconut cream
Three medium potatos
Two large carrots
Tin of water chestnuts
Teaspoon of red curry paste.
Tablespoon of garlic (OKay, I would add garlic to EVERYTHING if I could. It's a great thing to nom)
Handful of green bean thingies, ends chopped off then cut in half.
Salt and pepper to taste
300gs of bacon pieces (optional)
1/4 cup of rice for eat adult meal. So I did 1 and a bit cups of rice with dinner. You need to tweak it for small children peoples.
Heat oil in a large pot, toss in the curry paste and garlic (and onion if you have it. Much to my sadness I forgot to get some yesterday).
Pour in the coconut cream and turn the hot plate down to low, toss in the potato and carrot (diced smallish!)
Cut up the sausage into bite sized pieces and toss them in too, quarter the water chestnuts and add those and the bean thingies, toss in the bacon, stir it all, put a lid on and amble off on your merry way to do something else for about an hour. Add salt and pepper at whatever time you remember to put it in.
once everything is pretty much cooked, cook your rice with whatever method you happen to like your rice cooked and serve. Voila. Dinner.
I always have curry paste/garlic in the house. I got a giant jar of garlic for 5 dollars, and the curry paste is about 3 dollars a jar. I also just get the normal sausages from the deli or the butchers, so for 5 of them is quite cheap.
This is one of my more expensive meals. Coconut cream (for two tins) is about 2 dollars, the water chestnuts are another 1.50, the rest of it probably adds up to maybe 5 dollars. Except I just remembered I added bacon so about 1.50 again. So maybe all up 10 dollars last night. So not too bad. 2 dollars a serve.
ETA: You can pretty much change the veggies to whatever you have on hand. Just probably don't use cabbage or leafy veggies like that.
Last edited by Jennaisme; 13-11-2013 at 12:10.
Minestrone soup is another goodie.
3-4 rashers bacon, 2 cloves garlic, 2 carrots, 2 stalks celery, 1 onion, 1 zucchini, 2-3 tblsp tomato paste, handful mushrooms, handful green beans, 2 tins crushed tomato, 1/2 cup pasta (maccaroni or spiral), 1 tin 5 bean mix. (Quantites are aprox - I just chuck in what I have!).
Dice all veg quite small. Fry off bacon, onion & garlic. Add tomato paste and fry for a minute, add rest of veg, pasta and crushed tomato and just cover with stock or water and simmer for 15-20mins. Serve with toasted cheese sangas Sorry no idea on cost, but would serve 4-6.
I find it so hard - DF doesn't eat meat! This is one of my faves... (although DF won't eat it!)
Salmon and rice bake
1 tin pink salmon, flaked ($3.50)
1 cup uncooked rice (0.50c?)
1 egg (free - the oldies have chooks)
1 cup grated cheese. ($1?)
Lemon juice (0.50c)
- boil rice, then press into the base of a baking dish
- combine flaked salmon, egg, half cup of cheese and squirt of lemon juice
- press onto rice
- cover with remaining cheese
- microwave for around 12 mins
- serve with lemon juice and salad
Easily serve 2 adults, 2 chn
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