A couple of dinners that we get more than one meal out of:
Risotto - with things like pumpkin; chicken, sweet potato & leek; or mint, peas and feta.
- Roast chicken with roast potato, sweet potato and pumpkin; then on the second night I use the leftover chicken to make a Thai style chicken noodle salad with carrots, cucumber and toasted nuts; then on the third night I use the leftover roast vegetables to make a frittata/quiche with silver beet/spinach and cheese.
- Yesterday we slow cooked a huge piece of chuck steak, which we had for dinner last night with mashed potatoes and greens. The leftover meat will be turned into a beef curry or a pie filling.
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18-08-2014 17:39 #11
18-08-2014 17:46 #12
Chili con Carne!!
Can use it to make other things as well such as nachos and stuffed spuds.
I buy 1 kg of mince and double the recipe (Masterfoods Naturals is a really nice flavoured mix) and for 2 adults it gives us about 3 to 4 dinners.
18-08-2014 18:14 #13
Easily. It would be extremely rare that we spend more than that. Regulars in our house include:
-vegetable stir fry + rice
-veggie burgers + sides
-frittata using leftover veg
-soup + garlic bread
-roast veggies (REALLY regular meal. So tasty & easy)
-don't base your meals around meat - that tends to get pricey very easily
-only buy veg that are in season
-If you buy meat, use only a small amount for flavour and freeze the rest.
-Check out local supermarkets/butchers for any really good specials or reductions if you buy meat
18-08-2014 19:01 #14
Eggs on toast. Very cheap if like me your mil gives you eggs from her chooks.
18-08-2014 19:20 #15
I make an excellent sausages in onion gravy that is cheap and a big meal served with mash and veg. (Had it for tea tonight- yum!) let me know if you want the recipe.
Quiche or frittata to use up end of week veg
Use left over curries or sauce based dishes to make into pies for the next night with a bit if pastry
18-08-2014 19:33 #16
Yep! We spend $80 per week on average for 3 meals a day for dh and I (plus three dinners for a very hungry teenager!)
Our favourites are chicken drumsticks - the 2kg bag at Aldi is $6 which is enough for 2 meals. We either do a honey and soy marinade or we cook them with cream, potatoes, leek and corn - delicious! Also the $2.50 mince at Aldi is a winner, i either make hamburger patties, or bulk it out with a can of tomatoes and a can of 5 bean mix and make tacos, or bulk out with vege and use as a base for lasagne.
Other regulars would be tuna pasta bake, tuna and broccoli quiche, or ravioli with bacon, baby spinach and olive oil mixed through. A bit of garlic bread on the side makes enough for leftovers for lunch the next day.
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18-08-2014 22:43 #17
After saying my partner isn't fussy yes he is ! Haha
After reading through all your great suggestions I've now come to that conclusion !
he hates chilli con , anything mince based or tomato sauce based !
Likes meat & big meals every night unless it's zucchini slice . He also won't have just soup for dinner he will take it for lunch though !
I've wrote my shopping list now will give a update tOmo!
I actually have a bit more than 70$ but I have to buy dp's lunch food for work ( no changing what he eats for work & hates left overs)! & I need some cleaning items !
Will let you know how I go
18-08-2014 23:22 #18
If we're having a cheap week we do eggs/scrambled or omlettes one night
Toasted sandwiches with cheese, tomato, ham etc
Home made pizza
Sausages, mash & veg
18-08-2014 23:44 #19
I find if I bulk things up with rice, pasta and veg, I use far less meat. Obviously can end up carb heavy which doesn't bother me. I love carbs
E.g 2 small-ish chicken thighs are enough for us if they're cut up in something like curry, stir fry or pasta sauce. Can make a carbonara sauce pretty cheaply.
Works the same with steak turned into stir fry with noodles and veg. 1 piece will feed 2 easily
Also slow cooker cuts of meat tend to be cheaper so if you like slow cooker meals using cheaper cuts of meat, your DH can still have his meaty meal!
Make herbs and spices your friend - I don't eat as much if something is full of flavour
Let us know what your menu turned out to be! I'm taking a 30% pay decrease to go on maternity leave soon so I want to know more about cooking more cheaply.
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Jacket potatos with coleslaw and sour cream
Chick pea curry with rice
Pot of vegie soup (add red lentils) make some damper to serve with.
Mashed potato with baked beans
Falafels in pitabreads with salad and grated cheese and tazatki.
Egg on toast.
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