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Cheap eats.
« on: June 27, 2011, 08:50:24 AM »
Energy costs are rising and along with them so the price of good food is slowly increasing. Following on from the "Fruit and Veg Costs" and Money saving Hints" threads, I thought it might be nice if we shared some recipes that are sufficient for a family of four (average size) but most importantly are cheap, nutritious, and easy to prepare (even if the preparation stretches overnight or longer).

They don't need to be based on any particular regime... i.e. can be vegetarian, or meat/fish based... just that they help us reduce our food bills a little whilst maintaining our health! :)

They don't need to be particularly exotic either, for example... you *might* decide to suggest a lamb chump chop with mashed spuds, peas and gravy as an ideal cheap meal, but if you could add in a rough estimate of the costs involved that would also help!

I'll made this a 'sticky' so that it stays somewhere near the top of the list on this board to help us remember to add to it as we go along. :)
« Last Edit: June 27, 2011, 08:51:13 AM by ModBod »
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Re: Cheap eats.
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2011, 07:33:30 PM »
I'll start with one of my favourite cheapies

It's a Yam (Sweet Potatoe)/Bacon 'thing'

1 medium sized Yam per person , use large ones for big eaters - scrub the skin, do not peel it off ( you loose too much nutritional factors) and chop into 1cm cubes
2 large Onions - preferably the Purple ones - flavour is better
Good sized knob of Butter
Lashings of ground Black Pepper
1 tspn of crushed/minced garlic
I Chicken stock cube, crumbled
30 ml water

Micro the lot for about 6 minutes - covered

Meantime,
Bacon - use either the pieces pre chopped or buy 6 rashers of middle bacon and chop them - not fine, but small sized

When the Yam mix has cooked and the micro dinged, mash it roughly, add the Bacon and cover again to let it warm through
Let it sit for about 4 minutes

Lift the lid off and stir around
If too chunky, add a dash or two of milk

Serve topped with a goodly dollop of Sour Cream and crusty bread rolls

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Re: Cheap eats.
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2011, 08:14:27 PM »
Since I have been watching what I eat (not the amount) I have fallen in love with pork mince....

Pork Balls

3 shallots
500g lean pork mince
finely chopped water chesnuts 50g
2 tbs finely chopped coriander
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbs soy sauce
1tbs fish sauce
1 tbs cornflour

Mix and shape into about 16 to 18 small balls.....Leave in fridge about an hour.
Cook in a non stick pan


I have  3 different ways of serving them

1) make a sauce using tomatoes, white vinegar and caster sugar then serve with steamed rice and a bit of greenery eg broccolli or bok choy

2)iceberg lettuce leaves, coriander, mint and rice vermicelli plus dipping sauce (recipe to follow)
Take lettuce leaf, place mint coriander and noodles tork with pork ball , wrap and dunk in dipping sauce.

3) I just serve steamed rice with pork balls and maybe some carrot and brocolli and pour over the dipping sauce

Dipping Sauce

3 tbl fish sauce
2 tbl rice vinegar
2 tbl caster sugar
3 limes juiced
water about 1/4 cup
2 garlic finely chopped
1 chilli finely diced

Mix fish and vinegar then stir sugar.

slowly add lime until sauce is balanced ( may not need all). stir in garlic and chilli...

I have made and frozen the pork balls  for later use.

I usually buy my pork mince at woolies (nice and lean)...however I have seen rather cheap at aldi...

Label fruit not people............

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Re: Cheap eats.
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2011, 09:12:42 AM »
I'll made this a 'sticky' so that it stays somewhere near the top of the list on this board to help us remember to add to it as we go along. :)

Oddly... after writing this I found a little cookbook I'd bought months ago at Aldi and forgotten about. It's called "400 Budget Meals" and some are really nice looking... and very simple. Perhaps adding a few of those in here might be useful! :)

There was another one I saw once called "4 Ingredients" where all the meals were (obviously) made from just 4 things (not counting seasoning iirc). Didn't buy that tho because it was a bit simplistic - might have been a better if I had!
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Re: Cheap eats.
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2011, 08:43:03 PM »
With the cooler weather, and someone needing to build up their iron levels - this is a good one

Italian style Liver & Bacon on a bed of Potatoe Mash

1 good sized calf’s liver, membrane removed and washed
6 Rashers bacon – sliced into 2cm strips
2 large strong onions – purple ones are best
1 cup flour, ¼ tspn salt and ground black pepper – mixed together
Mixed Italian Herbs – or oregano, marjoram, parsley – about a teaspoon of each chopped fine.
6 Garlic cloves, skinned and chopped fine or 2 teaspoons minced garlic
Tin of tomatoes, maybe two
Olive oil
4 medium potatoes – cooked and mashed with butter and a dash of sour cream
Fresh Italian parsley for garnish

Slice the liver into 2.5cm cubes and coat it in the flour mix flour – set aside in a bowl
Chop the onions into reasonable chunks and add the herbs to it,
Add the garlic to the onion and herb mix
Fry the bacon till crisp, set aside on paper towelling to drain
Fry the liver in olive oil, a few pieces at a time, only cook (turning) until the outside is browned; set the cooked ones aside to drain on paper towel
Pop the onion, herb and garlic mix into a big saucepan with a dash of olive oil and brown. Add the tinned tomatoes. Bring to simmer, add the cooked liver. Simmer, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes. Add water if the mix starts to thicken too much. Add dthe cooked bacon about 5 minutes before serving – stir a few times
Plate up the mashed potato and cover it with the liver and bacon mix, garnish with the Italian Parsley

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Tomato and Cauliflower Pasta Sauce
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2011, 01:00:11 PM »
I made this for a couple of *very* fussy eaters the other day and they not only loved it but went off looking for extras!! I was a bit concerned because using cauliflower was a bit 'sus' what with it being a bit bland etc. however at the end it not only looked and felt as if there was meat in it (which there isn't) but it tasted really good too! :D

Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil
6 large cloves garlic (chopped) - I use my 'mini' Alligator for this! :)
1 red onion (chopped) - I use my 'large' Alligator for this! :)
3 cups chopped cauliflower
1 teaspoon dried basil (or mixed herbs)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
(Note: - you can make it with a *lot* less tomatoes... e.g. 3 x 16 oz cans... and it still tastes good!).

Method:

Heat the olive oil gently over medium heat in a large saucepan or frying pan. Add garlic, onion, and cauliflower.
Cook gently, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is brown and tender (around 30 mins or so).
Add basil (or mixed herbs), black pepper, and tomatoes.
Simmer 'til sauce thickens and flavors blend (about 30 more mins).
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Re: Cheap eats.
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2011, 07:31:13 PM »
What's an Alligator?

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Re: Cheap eats.
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2011, 09:10:42 AM »
What's an Alligator?

The url below takes you to a page on the "King of Knives" page...

http://www.kingofknives.com/Cutlery/Brands/ALLIGATOR/

... basically these things are just 'choppers' but even after all the years I've been cooking I find them invaluable! I stick garlic etc in the smaller model, and use the larger one for onions. No more tears! :)

The large one comes with two 'grids' so you can use it for cutting potatoes into even sized chunks for hot chips!!

There is an even larger version that *slices* also great for onions, salads etc but to be honest isn't quite as functional as the other two. If you want to see them all in action there are videos available on you tube :D

I've got all three of the choppers and I really don't know how I managed before! :)
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Re: Cheap eats.
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2016, 07:26:50 PM »
If anyone is really serious about saving money and eating well , it starts and finishes in a home garden. It's amazing what you can grow , even in the smallest of spaces.

 

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