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Cheap and easy food.......... *merged*

Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:22 pm

I thought a good thread would be a cheap meal thread, for the end of the week where you have nothing in the house and virtually no money.

My favourite is: Baked Bean Casserole

1 pack of snags any meat flavour
1 can of baked beans, the homebrand ones are fine for this
1 onion
Mixed vegetables, even a bag of cheapo frozen mixed veges
Gravy powder, mixed with a bit of water

Prick the snags and boil them until the skins fall off. Drain all the yuk out of the pan.
Chop the snags up and fry with the onion. You may like to add some herbs and spices ect.
Add a little water to the snags and onion, add the veges and baked beans and heat.
Then add the gravy and stir until it thickens.

You can serve it with some boiled noodles or mashed potato to make it go a bit further.
 
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Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:28 pm

spag bol...

500g mince
1 can tomato soup
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 tablespoon sugar
salt & pepper
mixed vegies ( i use heinz golden corn mix)

Brown mince, add soup, breadcrumbs, sugar vegies and salt & pepper to taste, heat til vegies are warmed through, serve with pasta (i use homebrand small spirals)
 
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Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:44 pm

Shepherds Pie

400g beef mince
5 large potatoes
1 large onion
2 cups mixed veg (whatever you have)
400g can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cheese

preheat oven 180c. Boil and mash potatoes with 1/2 cup milk. Brown mince, add onion and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add can of tomatoes and mixed veg and simmer for 10mins. Add any seasoning you like (I usually add garlic and black pepper).

Pour mixture into oven proof dish. Spread mashed potatoe on top and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20mins or until cheese golden brown.
 
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kelby wrote:
We make meals cheaper by using less meat/mince and more vegies. For two people we would only use about 250gm of meat max. Makes a bulk lot of meat go a long way.


I do the same

My cheapest meals I normally fall back on when things get tight (other than spag bol and chicken stir frys which are already up there) are

Curried sausages - I use a pack of the (continental?) dutch curry and rice soup as a base which is usually about $1 and then add 4 cooked sausages and whatever suitable veggies I have lying around.

The other one is a cheaters bosciola (sp?) - Aldis store some easy pasta kits which include the sauce and pasta ready to cook, I use their creamy mushroom pasta kit ($2) add a small handful of fresh mushrooms and a little bit of chopped up ham or bacon and I can have dinner for the three of us for around $3 that actually tastes pretty good.
 
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Sat Sep 30, 2006 12:22 pm

kelby wrote:
We make meals cheaper by using less meat/mince and more vegies. For two people we would only use about 250gm of meat max. Makes a bulk lot of meat go a long way.


We do the same.
 
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Sat Sep 30, 2006 12:27 pm

Tuna & Corn Patties
Cost Using Generic Brands per recipe: $2.78
Cost Using Brand Names per recipe: $3.73


1¼ Cups (300 grams) Cooked Mashed Potato
200 grams Canned Tuna, Drained
¾ Cup of Canned or Frozen Sweet corn
2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Parsley
1-Cup Breadcrumbs
Pepper to taste

1. Place the mashed potato, tuna, sweet corn and parsley in a bowl. Stir together
2. Season to taste with the pepper
3. Shape into 8 patty shapes with your washed hands
4. Spread out the breadcrumbs on the plate and press the patties into the breadcrumbs to coat.
5. Place on a baking tray
6. Cook the patties under a moderately hot grill, or in a moderately hot frying pan until crisp and golden brown, turning once during cooking
7. Serve with a lemon wedge and fresh vegetables or as a healthy burger with salad.

Any patties not eaten may be frozen for later use
 
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Sat Sep 30, 2006 12:32 pm

Couscous
This meal will easily feed a family of four for under $5.

2 cups couscous
2 1/4 cups water
1 pinch powdered chicken stock (optional)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, chopped
2-3 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 large onion, diced
1/2 cup spring onions, chopped
1/4 cup currents
1/2 cup red capsicum, finely diced
1/4 cup pine nuts, roasted
1/4 cup coriander leaves, chopped
Lemon juice, to taste
Salt, to taste

1. Put couscous in a large mixing bowl.
2. Place the water and chicken stock in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Pour over the couscous, making sure it is completely wet. Allow to stand for 5-10mins.
3. Put the olive oil and butter into a frying pan. When the butter foams add the garlic, cumin and turmeric. Stir, then add the diced onion and cook until translucent.
4. When the couscous has absorbed all the liquid, fluff it up using two forks.
5. Stir the onion mixture through the couscous, then add the spring onions, currents, red capsicum and pine nuts.
6. Squeeze in lemon juice and add salt to taste.
 
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Nachos
Cost: just over $2 per head

corn chips, low fat or low salt (from the health food aisle of the supermarket)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 small chilli, chopped (optional)
1 large can red kidney beans
1 carrot, grated
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 can tomatoes
natural yogurt
iceberg lettuce, cut into wedges
Lebanese cucumber, cut into long strips

1. Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the chopped onion and chilli.
2. Cook the onion for a couple of minutes and then add the kidney beans, carrot, tomato paste and the tomatoes.
3. Leave to cook for a few minutes then tip into a bowl. Top with the corn chips and serve with the natural yoghurt, iceberg lettuce and Lebanese cucumber.
 
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Otherwise:
:arrow: A pasta bake using homebrand pasta.
:arrow: Hot dogs & salad.
:arrow: Look for restaurants' special deals (eg. blue smoke BBQ has 50c wing night on wed & arc has $5 pizza night on tues).
:arrow: Macaroni & Cheese with Tuna in it.
:arrow: Omlette or Fritatta
:arrow: Chicken nuggets or similar & salad.
:arrow: Use a BBQ'd chicken in meals instead of chicken breast.
:arrow: Buy fruit & veg in season.
:arrow: Tinned soup
:arrow: Cook double the amount then freeze the remaining half.
 
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Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:07 am

our cheap meals are:

1. pasta, keith makes his own tomatoe sauce, so cheap for heaps of food.
2. rice dishes. we eat alot of rice!
3. spag bol
 
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Sat Feb 03, 2007 7:21 pm

umm...mine is baked beans on toast :)

We love to make home made pizzas too...we use lebanese bread ($0.99) no frills tomato paste as the base and load it up with leftover ham or chicken, tomoato etc etc

A pack of Lebanese bread is enough for 2 people over 2 nights so pretty cheap for us!
 
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Hi Lo Min

500 grams mince
1 onion diced
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/3 cup uncooked rice
2-3 packets of chicken noodle soup
2 large carrots julienned or diced
1/2 cup peas
1 cup corn kernals
3-4 cups shredded cabbage
other vegies
4 cups of water
1-2 packets of chicken noodles
freshly cracked pepper

Brown mince in a little olive oil and add onion and curry powder, fry a minute or two.
Then add soup mixes, water, vegies, rice noodles, seasoning.
Whenmix comes to the boil, reduce to simmer with a lid.
I usually serve with toast.
 
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Is Hi Lo Min like Chop Suey?
 
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twingirlsundae wrote:
Is Hi Lo Min like Chop Suey?


I was thinking the same..or Chow Mein or the other name that I've gone blank on. If it is well yumm, everyone laughs when I say I feel like it but come on for the simplicity and cost you can't whinge.
 
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I know chow mein uses dried noodles or something, we just use 2 min noodles in Hi Lo Min :D

As for the question I haven't tried Chop Suey so I can't answer :oops:
 
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Sunshine wrote:
kel81 wrote:
twingirlsundae wrote:
Is Hi Lo Min like Chop Suey?


I was thinking the same..or Chow Mein or the other name that I've gone blank on. If it is well yumm, everyone laughs when I say I feel like it but come on for the simplicity and cost you can't whinge.


It sounds like something my mum used to make ... Kai Si Min (sp?).


Yep Fee, that's the other one I was thinking of.
 
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kel81 wrote:
Sunshine wrote:
kel81 wrote:
twingirlsundae wrote:
Is Hi Lo Min like Chop Suey?


I was thinking the same..or Chow Mein or the other name that I've gone blank on. If it is well yumm, everyone laughs when I say I feel like it but come on for the simplicity and cost you can't whinge.


It sounds like something my mum used to make ... Kai Si Min (sp?).


Yep Fee, that's the other one I was thinking of.


Thats what we call it too.

Its yummy
 
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Im loving these fold over pizza things :lol:

Fill half a tortilla with whatever filling you like. I usually just have ham and pineapple and try using chopped tinned tomatoes as a base (its excellent!). Top with cheese, fold over. Place in a frying pan til tortilla has browned, then flip over and brown other side.
Easy, cheap and so yummy!!
 
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Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:28 pm

Help ladies!!

I am trying to cut our shopping budget, it is getting out of hand and we really need to save $$ wherever we can!

Does anyone have some cheap and easy recipies they could post?

Thanks!
 
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Re: Cheap and easy food..........

Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:36 pm

I buy rissoles all the time from the butcher - beef ones are 10 for $3 and chicken ones are 10 for $4 ... prob not the healthiest meat around, but when you cook up some veges to have with them, it's not too bad.


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