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*VERY* budget meal ideas please......

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QueenOfQuotes Wed 03-Aug-05 23:00:28

OK I have to go shopping tomorrow, at best I'll have £15 to spend, at worst £5.

The raw ingredients I already have are

Green Lentils
Kidney Beans
Cannellini Beans
Butter Beans
Lasagne Sheets
4 Eggs
Mushrooms (about a handful)
1 White Cabbage
1 Large Carrot
Garlic (loads)
1 small tin of sweetcorn
Frozen sweetcorn
Shortcrust Pastry

DH and the boys eat quite a fair amount at meal times, so I need to make big(ish) quantities of food. What can I make with the above ingredients - and what cheap stuff (preferably a little bit of meat even if it's only chopped cooked ham) would I need to buy to make it


CountessDracula Wed 03-Aug-05 23:01:38

for how many meals (this £15)

QueenOfQuotes Wed 03-Aug-05 23:01:41

oh forgot to say they don't all have to be 'meat' based meals, but at least one or two would be nice. And I have a slow cooker which I can chuck stuff in.

hercules Wed 03-Aug-05 23:03:09

Dahl? red lentils, tumeric, garlic and chilli powder if you want. Boil them all together for about 20 minutes and serve with rice and maybe fried egg.

QueenOfQuotes Wed 03-Aug-05 23:03:27

CD - as many as possible LOL. We know that we've got £50 available on Tuesday - but even if it's only 2 or 3 days worth of meals it would be good.

I've got lots of oils, soy sauce, vinegars, practically every herb and spice under the sun etc in the house already.

Nemo1977 Wed 03-Aug-05 23:07:11

A good cheap feeling meal we have is pasta with sweetcorn,mushrooms,bacon or sausage and tinned tomatos.
Usually season with mixed herbs and you can get a lot out of it..also add cheese.

Nemo1977 Wed 03-Aug-05 23:07:53

meant to say fulfilling not

anchovies Wed 03-Aug-05 23:08:15

mince and soya, use half and half to make a spag bol with pasta works well and is v cheap. Also a vegetable pie with the random veg bits. Omlettes one day, plus a lentil and bean suprise

Im rubbish at this!

QueenOfQuotes Wed 03-Aug-05 23:08:17

Nemo - we had that tonight

Actually it was pasta, a cheese sauce, mushroom, tomatoes, spring onions and ham - but basically the same.

I knew you lot would come up with some great ideas

Nemo1977 Wed 03-Aug-05 23:09:50

sausage caserole with mash

no good at recipes so usually buy a packet of sausage caserole seasoning as it has instructions

Aimsmum Wed 03-Aug-05 23:11:13

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QueenOfQuotes Wed 03-Aug-05 23:12:07

yes - have loads of flour and yeast etc - as I stocked up - will be eating homemade bread all week too (the boys are going to go hyper when they find that out LOL)

Aimsmum Wed 03-Aug-05 23:16:59

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rickman Wed 03-Aug-05 23:26:29

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QueenOfQuotes Wed 03-Aug-05 23:32:13

Thanks everyone - just going to make sure I know what I'm doing and what I'll need for each of these fabulous suggestions (please correct me if I'm wrong as I only had 3 1/2hrs sleep last night

Dahl - Lentils, Tumeric, Garlic, Rice and Fried Egg

Veg Pie - Pastry, Carrot, Cabbage, Celery etc etc

Pasta with Mushrooms, Sweetcorn, Sausage and Tinned Tomatoes

Sausage Casserole - Sausages, Potatoes, .......???

Lentil and Bean Suprise (probably be just the beans as only got enough lentils for one meal) - what would I put in it

Spag Bol - (or pasta bol ) pasta, mince, onion etc?

Pizza - Base + Tinned toms and extras

Hmm just a few more questions (I do usually cook from scratch - but I cheat and get them sent to me weekly in an email from a subscription service so never have to think about it).

Pasta - do you reckon I could just break up the lasagna sheets for the pasta meals?

What veggies are 'in season'?

What cheap toppings could I buy for the pizza?

QueenOfQuotes Wed 03-Aug-05 23:33:28

rickman - how do you make the baked bean lasagne (DH is feeling very 'open' to things that aren't usually on the menu if it makes the money go further this week).

Tinker Wed 03-Aug-05 23:37:19

Stick tin of tomatoes and tin of any type of beans into sausage casserole

rickman Wed 03-Aug-05 23:37:42

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gingernut Wed 03-Aug-05 23:43:30

I make bean stews:

Fry up a bit of onion and any suitable veg (e.g. root veg, peppers).

Add beans (I use canned but you can use dried beans if soaked and boiled), sweetcorn (optional) tinned tomatoes and a stock cube

Season with paprika/pepper/whatever you fancy.

Simmer on hob until vegetables tender.

Serve with rice, pasta or baked potato. I grate a bit of cheese over it to serve too.

Nemo1977 Thu 04-Aug-05 09:46:19

for sausage caserole i usually add mushrooms and onions so it depends what you fancy in it.

NannyL Thu 04-Aug-05 21:32:53

baked potatoes from a grocer (NOT supermarket as they cost loads more!)

add grated cheese / beans etc

also u can get lots of meals from cheep pasta, with a bag of cheep flour, some butter and milk to make cheese sauce for past, add some cheese for variation.... mix this with pasta, add some frozen sweetcorm or something as well

Blossomhill Thu 04-Aug-05 21:36:10

Aussie pie is cheap to make

mashed potato, with a layer of sliced egg, layer of mash. top with cheese sauce and cook for about 30 minutes

TinyGang Thu 04-Aug-05 21:43:56

Just found some recipes here .

lucy5 Thu 04-Aug-05 21:51:53

We used to have lentil bolognaise and then the next day lentil surprise.. The surprise was that it was left over from yesterday and I'd put chilli powder in it! On a more serious note, you could make a lovely bean chilli, or stew or bung it in a dish and put mash on the top or make savoury cheese scones on top and bake.

Nbg Thu 04-Aug-05 21:55:33

You could do Omlettes as well and add mushrooms, sweetcorn and onions.

You could also use mushrooms and sweetcorn for pizza.

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