low low low cost recipies please(12 Posts)
on a very tight budget for a few weeks, its only me and ds (6) has anybody got any very low cost recipe ideas for me for tasty filling meals?
Sausage casserole, veg in it and tins of beans. Jacket potatoes- cooked, cut open, mixed with what you want, put back in shells and back in oven for 20mins, egg and home made wedges, bolagnaise buy just with veg or cheap mince. Cheese and potato pie with salad.
Mackerel dauphinoise. Thinly sliced potatoes layered with smoked mackerel and baked in half cream/ half milk. Season with nutmeg and top with a bit of cheese if you have it. Costs about 3 quid for a large family bake.
Real baked beans on toast - haricot beans soaked then cooked for 30-45 mins. Make a rich tomato sauce with onions and passata or chopped toms. Season with star anise if you have it. Freezes well so make a batch. Nourishing and delicious.
I've one more word to say to you. Lidl.
EZ Cheap Chimichangas.Mix up little cut up Bits of any of these items:ham cubes,polish sausages,onion chop,tomatoe dice,scrambled eggs,green pepper,
cooked potato chop.Place what you have decided on in a bowl,salt & pepper
the mix,add a pinch of garlic if you wish,stir well.Preheat oven to 400 *.Lay
out "fajita sized" Flour tortillas.Butter Both sides of the tortillas-as many as you
want.Spray a flat baking pan with "Pam".Lay your first tortilla on the pan,load
The center with your Mixture-fold sides inward,then fold Ends in,forming a neat
little oblong square.Set each Chimichanga "Seam Down".Cook in the oven until
a lite,med-tan color.Serve with Salsa or ketchup.These are Crispy.
Passatta - add veg and sausages and cook slowly for a few hours (can use other meat or just veg).
Cheap noodles. Stir fry veg and chicken if you have it, add cheap noodles and pour over some water.
Toast - with eggs or beans or beans and cheese or bacon beans and cheese.
Cheap veg, coat with a little olive oil and season, put in the oven for 30 mins.
Pasta with caramelised onions -
Thinly slice 2 decent sized onions. Fry gently in a mixture of oil and butter until softened but not coloured. Put pasta on to boil. Season onions with salt and pepper and sprinkle with a spoonful of sugar. Mix well and keep cooking. Drain cooked pasta and stir through onions. (Aldi has onions for 39p/kg just now if you have one near you.) If you use value pasta this only costs about 20p a portion. You can sprinkle some grated cheese on top if you have it.
Spicy potatoes with cabbage -
Dice 1lb of potatoes and par boil. Chop an onion and 1/2 a cabbage. Fry onion in a good splash of oil until soft. Ad a spoonful of curry powder and cook for a couple of minutes. Add cabbage and stir until coated in oil. Cover and cook until cabbage is wilted. Add potatoes and cook, stirring all the time, until everything is fully cooked. Season well with salt and pepper. (Aldi has savoy cabbage for 39p just now). This costs about 25p or so a portion with the cheap cabbage and is a big favourite in this house.
Tomato rice -
Chop and onion and fry in some oil until soft. Add a cup of rice and stir until rice is coated. Add a tin of chopped tomatoes and 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Season generously with salt and pepper. Stir well, bring back to the boil, cover tightly, reduce heat to low and cook until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 25mins. If you use value rice and tomatoes, this costs about 25p a portion. You can sprinkle with a little grated cheese if you have it and serve with bread and butter, which will probably put it up to about 50p per head.
slow braised cabbage pasta -
chop the remaining half of your cabbage, an onion and a couple of cloves of garlic. Put some oil and butter in a frying pan to heat. Add chopped onion and cabbage and stir to coat. Add 1tblspn paprika and some salt and pepper. Turn heat to very low, cover and cook for a couple of hours, checking regularly that it isn't sticking. Just before serving, cook some pasta. Stir a small carton of soured cream into the pasta, loosen with a splash of pasta water and heat through. Drain pasta and mix through the cabbage. This is another favourite in here, even amongst those who don't like cabbage. Costs about 60p a portion.
pasta e ceco -
Cook pasta. Meanwhile chop and onion and about 1/2 a head of garlic. Fry in a good splash of oil until soft. Add a drained tin of chick peas and heat through. Drain pasta and mix in the chick pea mixture. Serve with a little grated cheese.
This is about 50p a portion. It's even cheaper if you buy a bag of dried chick peas and cook them
pasta and chick pea soup -
chop and onion and the rest of the head of garlic. Add to a pan with a tin if chick peas and about 1 pint of veg stock. Add some dried herbs (I use basil) and cook for about 15 minutes. Blitz with a hand blender but make sure to leave some whole chick peas. Add a handful of pasta, season with salt and pepper and cook for another 15 minutes. You might need to adjust the thickness. Serve with crusty bread probably about 75p or so a portion
scrambled egg rice -
cook 1 cup of rice in 2 cups water. while rice is cooking, chop and fry an onion with a clove of garlic. When the rice id some, add it to the onions and mix well. Pour in 2 beaten eggs, season well and stir about until egg is cooked. costs about 30p or so a portion.
Use some more of the potatoes, an onion and some cheese to make cheesy mash, serve with beans. - about 50p a portion or less.
spanish omelette -
Boil a couple of potatoes and then slice them. Fry a chopped onion until soft, add the potatoes and mix. Beat 4 eggs with a splash of water or milk. Season and pour over the potatoes. Cook gently until set. Sprinkle the top with a little cheese and brown top under the grill. Serve with brocolli (Aldi has ir for 39p this week) about 70p a portion.
Also meant to say that if you have an Asda near you, they are selling tins of smartprice mushy peas for 4p each. You can eat them as is with toast/chips/jacket potatoes or you can make them into -
2 tins of mushy peas, a chopped onion and a couple of grated carrots. Chuck them in a pan, add about 1pint of stock, season and simmer until everything is cooked and soupy. Serve with bread. Again about 20p or 30p a meal.
basic pea daal -
fry a chopped onion until soft. Add curry powder and cook for a couple of minutes. Add 2 tins mushy peas and cook until hot and flavours are blended. Serve with rice. This works out about 15p a portion if you use the value mushy peas and rice.
That gives you 10 meals for less than £5 a person all in.
There are some great recipe ideas and meal planners on the MyFamilyClub website. They are usually pretty purse friendly and delicious.
Lidl and farmfoods have some great food items. I love making a fish curry. Farmfoods have salmon fillets where 3 packs of salmon cost only £10.
The fish curry I make is : http://www.healthyindianrecipes.co.uk/tandoori-masala-fish/
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