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    Lightbulb Meal ideas for meal planning budget tips - feel free to add to them

    Hey All

    Due to the economic times, i thought i'd contribute to a recipe planning thread to help others and to get tips from others aswell. If i manage to get enough time, i might type out the actual recipes, but for now i'm just going to give the menu ideas, they are just mainly dinner ideas I generally only use mince, steak, chicken and then vege recipes for myself, i do know other cuts of meat may be cheaper but i prefer better quality meat and also am not a massive red meat eater other than mince. So here goes:

    Mince Recipes

    Meatloaf
    Rissoles
    Porcupines
    Lasagne
    Spaghetti
    Chilli Con Carne
    Macaroni Beef
    Burritos (Also could substitute with refried beans)
    Nachos (could also substituted with refried beans)
    Shephards Pie (could also use lentils)
    Tacos
    Spring rolls (pork mince, chicken mince can be used aswell)
    Chow Mein

    Egg Dishes

    Quiche
    Frittatas
    Omellettes

    Rice Dishes

    Fried Rice
    Vegetable Risotto
    Stir fries

    Other red meat

    Silverside
    Steak

    Sausages

    Curried Sausages
    Bangers and Mash

    Chicken meals

    Chicken stirfry
    Chicken snitzel from supermarket add, ham cheese tomato on top

    Vegetable meals

    Potato pie
    Potato pizza
    Hungarian Casserole
    Baked potato with assorted fillings
    Fritters (add assortment of fillings)

    Pasta meals

    Pasta bake (could add tuna)
    Pasta salad

    Others

    Ham steak with tomato and cheese on top
    Tuna pie

    Feel free to add any and i'll add it up the top
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    Pasta bakes are usually cheap and cheerful too

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    Oh yes, great idea Tam, i do them too, will add it

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    With the shepherds pie you can replace the mince with lentils.

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    Oh just thought of another one. Hungarian casserole. Its a potato casserole but made into a main meal. yummo. Let me know if you want me to put up the recipe anywhere.

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    baked potato/ sweet potato with assorted fillings
    from mince to re-fried beans, veges or baked beans.. creamed corn .. anything really..

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    The creamed corn thing gave me another idea (full of em today)

    Fritters. Used to love fritters as a kid. Nan used to make up different vege ones and devon and corn ones.

    Another mince or rice dish (fits into both) is chow mein. I just use the continental recipe base for this.

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    Hey Vee

    Some of the cheap meal options I've been using a bit lately are:-

    * Curried sausages
    * 'bangers' and mash
    * Ham steaks (with pineapple & grated cheese on top)
    * plain chic schnitzels from s'market with tom paste, slice of ham & grated cheese on top

    * tuna pie or tuna pasta

    HTH

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    Thanks CD and 2forme - have added them

    Thanks Mel, how could i have forgotten curried sausages, it is one of my faves! Will add them too, thanks heaps

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    Just added another good one i tried the other week, macaroni beef, was easy and cheap

    Basically you do up a batch of macoroni, do a savoury type mince, with beans, peas, corn, you can also grate some carrot and zucchini's aswell add the cooked macaroni to the beef mixture, add a white sauce over the top, put cheese or breadcrumbs on top and bake in oven, delicious and cheap!


 

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