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Frugal veggie family dinners

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CaptainWarbeck Sat 21-Jan-17 05:42:14

January is turning into a bit of a lean month, not much spare cash to flash about in the supermarket. Ideas for easy veggie meals with cheap ingredients please?? Toddler friendly if possible. Doesn't need to be anything fancy! I'm struggling with my meal plan for the rest of the month.

LauraFlossy88 Sat 21-Jan-17 06:04:15

When money is a bit tight I use this site. l. The spinach gnocchi is a favourite in our house. grin

Buildthemup Sat 21-Jan-17 06:19:17

Spinach pancakes (v cheap with frozen spinach)

Veggie frittatas

Beany stews/veg feijoida

Pasta with veggie sauces, tomato and lentil, squash, hm pesto made with broccoli

Vegetable risottos

Veg fried rice

Some frozen veg is absolutely fine and so cheap.

JulesJules Sat 21-Jan-17 06:29:24

All of the above!

Plus soup - easy to vary, just whatever veg you have which needs using up, can blend it to smooth or leave it chunky, add eg. pasta or lentils or handful of rice to beef it up, or tin of chickpeas etc. Have with bread and cheese or garlic bread.

Root veg curry with rice

Roast veg with couscous

hesterton Sat 21-Jan-17 06:30:09

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CaptainWarbeck Sat 21-Jan-17 08:28:04

Garlic bread with soup is a great idea!

Frozen veg also good, then there's something in the freezer for emergency last minute dinners.

Build do you mean like filled pancakes with spinach in them?

Hesterton sounds nice, how does it holds together though?

Buildthemup Sat 21-Jan-17 09:57:37

Either. Sometimes do plain with stuff rolled up fillings. But sometimes mix the cooked spinach and some cooked spring onions into the butter. And then serve up with some limey butter. V delish!

AtleastitsnotMonday Sat 21-Jan-17 15:28:51

Look at Jack Monroe's recipes, she's a whiz when it comes to cheap but tasty.
I particularly like her Carrot cumin and kidney bean burgers

MitzyLeFrouf Sat 21-Jan-17 15:31:43

Nigella's pea and nutmeg risotto. Delicious.

Cornishblues Sat 21-Jan-17 20:28:36

Another jack monroe recipe

Honeyandfizz Sun 22-Jan-17 12:10:01

Chilli bean soup with tortilla wrap chips, sour cream & croutons. So cheap and delicious

CaptainWarbeck Mon 23-Jan-17 04:16:02

That sounds yummy honey can I have the recipe?

WallToWallBastards Mon 23-Jan-17 04:30:29

I'm a student and I live off curry, I always have a big stock of tinned tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas, tins of veg (potatoes are fab, mushrooms and carrots are better fresh imo and keep quite well) onions, garlic and I get spices from the Asian groceries very cheaply if you have one locally. Falafels are so cheap to make and so are things like crumpets. Sprouts are delicious and often reduced, courgettes for extra veg either to bulk out sauces and stews or instead of spaghetti and are usually quite cheap. I don't like to waste money on jars of sauces, cheapo super noodles can make an acceptable meal with lots of veg. And halloumi can go quite far if it'll get eaten.
I also save my scraps and spare veg in tupperware to make stock or soup. I often get reduced pinenuts or walnuts from lidl and make big batches of pesto from kale and spinach and freeze them too.

Joinourclub Mon 23-Jan-17 04:56:07

Chickpea and potato curry

Halloumi wraps with lots of salad and gated carrot

Carrot and sweetcorn fritters

Potato rosti with a fried egg

Cheesy potato cakes

Root vegetable stew with chickpeas and cous cous

violetbunny Mon 23-Jan-17 06:18:43

These are my go-to's:

Curried red lentil soup (I just use stock cubes instead of expensive liquid stock; also tastes good with plain yoghurt instead of sour cream):

Spicy root veg & lentil casserole

lastqueenofscotland Mon 23-Jan-17 13:07:44

Lentil chilli
Jackets with beans
Pasta and tomato sauce
Falafel from scratch
Bean burgers

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