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    tonight i made the kids assorted tortillas..

    one lot was filled with chicken cheese and avo
    one lot was baked beans and cheese
    and the last lot was ham cheese and pineapple..

    its 2 tortillas filled with whatever you want and popped into the sandwich press and toasted.. slice up into triangles and serve with salad or chippies or mash ...

    you prob think im mad LOL..


    for me i love my slow cooker, you can buy cheap cuts of meat and they turn out so tender and awesome.. plus its a one pot meal.. no dishes really..

    great ideas everyone..


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    Another cheap idea is veges and couscous - I just fry some onion and jarred garlic, throw in whatever vegies I have in the fridge or freezer, make the couscous and either mix in balsamic vinegar or sweet chilli and soy sauce.

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    We're feeling the pinch at the moment like everyone is.

    Buy your meat in bulk. Seriously.

    This has been the difference for us between having sausages and mince, or having chicken and steak.

    We just bought a whole rump for 7.99 a kilo at our butcher - cost us $60 and we have steak for two months. There is just no way you can do that buying at Woolies paying $20/kg for rump steak. And he sliced it into steaks, casserole, stirfry and a roast for free. Most independent butchers will do this.

    Just my budget tip of the day
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    big pot of vege soup with pearl barley and maybe some bacon or ham bones.

    my family love this served with homemade cheese scones!

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    This is something I do for the kids lunch or Sun night dinner - I'm a guesser when it comes to cooking but it's hard to screw these up. You need to have a non-stick muffin tray (we use mini muffins but bigger ones would also work just allow more cooking time)

    Cheats Kiddy Quiches

    Preheat oven to 180C

    About 4 slices of bread - white/wholemeal or grain
    2 eggs, lightly beaten with a dash of milk
    Bit of chopped ham
    Bit of grated cheese

    - Grease muffin tray with butter or oil spray
    - Cut crusts off bread and roll flat with a rolling pin
    - Cut bread into quarters (if using mini muffin tray) and press quarters into muffin tray holes. don't worry about overlap.
    - Put a bit of grated cheese and ham in the bottom.
    - Put some of the egg mixture in - don't fill to the top you need to allow a bit of room for it to expand.
    -Stick into the oven for about 10 minutes or so.

    Really cheap and it's the only way my kids will eat eggs

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    I can't believe only one person mentioned soup

    I have:
    Chicken Soup
    Lentil soup
    Pureed curried lentil soup with tomatos
    pumpkin soup
    sweet potato soup
    potato soup
    cauliflower soup
    broccoli soup
    Leek soup
    onion soup
    pea soup
    random vegetable soup

    I recon i could go on for ever. although most of them are actually more like puree's (germans use the same word for soup and puree's and i call them what mum calls them).

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    All those meal ideas sound fantastic.
    My tip is very cliche, but it works so well for us. I spend the best part of one Sunday at least once a month making a batch of soups, spag bol...all the usual suspects, and putting them in the freezer.

    We usually dial a pizza or something when we're feeling tired and couldn't be bothered thinking about food, much less cooking it. Having these meals handy has saved us a fortune in take away meals.

    This also helps with nights when DH and I want a spicy curry or something else our kids wont eat. I just pull out something they will eat, and 5 minutes later we're all happy.

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    Baked rissotto

    Fry off an onion in some oil, toss in a cup of aborio rice and fry off until rice is clear and coated with oil. Add 2 cups of stock flavour of choice and bring to boil. When boiling transfer into baking dish and pop into the oven for anywhere between 30 to about 60 mins (until the rice is soft). (Keep checking every 15 mins or so.) Now, to make it a bit more interesting add some more veggies or if your omnivore some bits of left over meat. Our favourites are a combination of any of the following
    - fried off mushrooms and garlic
    - pre-roasted pumpkin
    - torn up spinach
    - peas and corn

    To make it a bit creamier you can add some evaporated milk or a container of appropriately flavoured soup.

    It's not the fluffiest rissotto but it's really easy, not too much washing up, you can make a heap at once and freeze and it's nice comfort food.

    Serve with some grated cheese or crumbled feta (yum!!). I make a double batch of what I've just said above and it would last probably 3 nights for 2 piggy adults and 1 piggy toddler.

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    I love the idea of meal planning, but it's a challenge with my DH, he won't eat the following:
    -beef
    -pork (or any pig product, and no, he's not religious)
    -potatoes
    -things fried in any oil (not even a tsp of olive oil)
    -fish
    -tomato dishes (like anything with a decent amount of tomatoes in it, eg pasta sauces)

    There is of course heaps he will eat (when he gets home at a reasonable time, most nights he eats cereal for dinner at 9pm ...oh well at least I don't have to cook for him). It just seems that the quickest, easiest meals are all stuff that he won't eat, so I often don't even bother cooking for him and just do it for myself and DS. Grrr

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    TysonsMummy - he's a picky one isn't he??

    btw.. just have to add I love your signature! LMAO


 

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