Inexpensive meals need not be boring meals. In fact I think every meal I have ever made for my frugal family has been what some would call budget meals i.e. meals which are not only cheap to make but are tasty and full of nutritional goodness.
Leading a frugal living lifestyle can be a challenge at first but really it is very simple. The basic rules are:
and most importantly
This last rule applies particularly when it comes to inexpensive meals. It can be so easy to fall in to the trap of preparing the same old meals week in and week out. But with a little imagination you can become a culinary whizz in the kitchen and save money at the same time.
Here are a few of my ideas for inexpensive meals which you may like to try for yourselves. Of course these being frugal budget meals, you can use whatever ingredients you have if you don’t have the ones mentioned in the recipes.
Pizza base – these are cheap to buy or if you prefer you can make your own pizza base using a bread mix
Tin of tomatoes – or if you have over ripe tomatoes left, peel off the skin and mash up.
Garlic – to taste, I use 2 cloves
Dried mixed herbs – or fresh if you grow them
1 onion chopped small
Cheese – whatever you have, especially good to use up any cheese that has gone a little hard.
Toppings – this is whatever you have left in your fridge, sweet corn, left over bits of meat or ham, veggies left from Sunday roast (chopped up small) anything goes, if you like it put it on.
Place the tomatoes onto a pan with a little oil, add herbs, garlic and onion and cook together until it makes a thick sauce
Spread sauce over pizza base and sprinkle your choice of toppings on top followed by the cheese.
Now bake in the oven until golden brown and bubbling. I like to make two at the same time and put one in the fridge for lunch the next day.
Soups are one of the easiest and cheapest meals you can make for your family and they are great for using leftover food too. I won’t give you a recipe here as they can be found elsewhere but as a guide my favourite is:
Stork or broccoli
1 clove garlic
Sprinkle of paprika
1 pint of water
Chop up, place everything in pan together and simmer for about 25 minutes then whizz up in a blender.
was given this recipe a few years back and ever since my Monday dinners have never been the same.
Left over roast potatoes
Leftover cooked vegetables from Sunday roast chopped small– anything you have will do
Breadcrumbs made from stale bread
Break up the potatoes a little and then add one egg and the chopped vegetables and mix together.
Beat the second egg in a separate bowl
Place breadcrumbs onto a plate
Take a spoonful of the potato mixture and make into a round ball then flatten them with your hand.
Dip into beaten egg and cover with breadcrumbs
Fry cakes in a little olive oil until golden brown
Serve with a crisp salad
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