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    snacks equal cut up carrot celery,apple,cheese and a dip of choice ie.hommus french onion!or homemade scones muffins pancakes etc

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    my mum and nan used to use left over mashed potato and mix with tuna and fry up in the fry pan works well with peas and carrots etc as well as i don eat tuna

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ready To Run View Post
    Roast pumpkin soup - roast a medum pumpkin, 2 onions and 4 large potatos for 45 mins at 180°C then puree with a stick blender add some milk and stock for the right consistency, we like it thick, and salt and pepper for seasoning. serves a family of 5 for 2 meals. i serve with bread. variation: use coconut milk and curry powder for a spicy pumpkin soup or add bacon and some herbs. This soup is easy to make in large quantities and freezes really well. the kids love it!

    I do almost the same recipe. I also use about 500ml of this for risotto.
    Brown 1 chopped onion and as much garlic as you like in some olive oil.
    Throw in 1 cup of arborio rice and brown until sort of transparent.
    Put the lot in the slow cooker with the 500ml of soup and a cup of stock (or water). - I use a massel stock cube.
    Add some frozen sliced green beans, some sliced capsicum and some mushrooms (or whatever veg is looking iffy in you crisper).
    I also add a cube or two of frozen spinach.
    keep an eye on it and if it gets too dry add more stock.
    You can add some browned cubed chicken 20 minutes before finishing cooking if you like or some bacon.
    Serve with parmesan and a knob of butter.
    Cheap, cheerful, tasty and filling (and the kids eat it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mum2bubba View Post
    I'd love to buy bread with no preservitives but they are so expensive. Might have to try and make my own I think.
    Cass, a lot of supermarket home brand bread has no preservatives. You can find it at most supermarkets that have their own bakery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldyMum View Post
    Id love to hear some recipes to feed the family around $5-10. Especially ones that make alot so you can freeze plenty for later. Ideas?
    Lental soup cheap and you can make loads of it and put some in the freezer for later.

    1 clover of garlic
    1L veg stock
    1 cup of lentils
    1 Onion.
    Splash of olive oil (or any oil)

    Put garlic and onion in a pan and fry abit then dump in the lentils for a few seconds then pour in your stock. - Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat and simmer for 30 min.

    For extra to freeze just use 2L of stock and 2 cups of lentils.

    Sometimes I make it a bit fancy and put some carrot and celery in it, whatever you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opinionated View Post
    Cass, a lot of supermarket home brand bread has no preservatives. You can find it at most supermarkets that have their own bakery.
    Oh ok cool, I just dont wanna spend a million dollars on bread though.

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    I love this thread and it's given me some great ideas so I thought I'd share one of my faves - ok it's not the cheapest or the most healthy meal ever but it's quick, easy and delicious for around $5 total for 2-3 serves.

    1 knob butter
    2 grated zucchini
    1 clove crushed garlic
    parmesan cheese
    1 packet (375g) Latina cheese and spinach tortellini (the green one)

    Fry the garlic and zucchini in the butter until it all softens and forms a sauce (the zucchini sort of melts). Cook the tortellini according to packet directions, and when cooked, stir it with some parmesan cheese in the frypan with the 'sauce' and serve.

    Quick, easy and loved by kids and adults! I serve it with salt and freshly cracked pepper for adults. And a glass of wine which I buy for $19 a case from grays online!

    You could probably vary it by adding some onion or bacon for more flavour - if you discover any great variations then please let me know!

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    Wow what an awesome thread, and I thought I was talented with being able to feed my family of 4 for $160.00 a fortnight
    Just wanted to tip in that buying from markets saves you money too! I buy my fruit, veg and meat from a market place and then do the rest of my needs from coles and it saves me so much money as apposed to shopping at woolies or iga!

    Great thread, thanks to all for the tips!

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    Great thread!!

    While we are very blessed to be quite comfortable financially - I've found our grocery bill is creeping up above $300.00 per week for our family of 4!!!!! And even then, we still end up resorting to take-away way too often as when I go to cook dinner I often find that although I have thrown over $300 worth of random groceries into my trolly, I havent got the 'right' things to make a complete meal.

    Yesterday I went through the thread and picked out some idea's that would work for us. I wrote out a weekly menu plan and a shopping list and ended up spending $160!!!!

    Yes that's right from over $300 to just $160!!!!

    That's all we need for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Snacks for a whole week (plus a couple of treats) As well as all our extra's such as cleaning products etc - And I still chose our 'favourite' brands of foods.

    Just proves how much money I have been wasting.

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    We were the same, now we buy everything in bulk 6 weekly and it works out at around $126 per week including 2 lots of nappies and formula. thats for a family of 5. its a great feeling isnt it?
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