Budget Friendly Meals
Today, I’m sharing with you 7 of my
These recipes are based on using little or no processed foods and fresh veg. There might be some boring ones that you do all of the time, but there might be one or two that help you out, and that you can put into your own meal planning rotation.
WARNING: I didn’t take photos, and I didn’t write out exact quantities. These recipes are for our family of 4, and
1. Marinated Chicken with BBQ noodle stir fry
It doesn’t sound very inspiring, but is pretty easy!
Marinate chicken fillets in soy, garlic, plum sauce, honey
Chop some stir fry veg (we use carrot, zucchini, mushroom, capsicum)
Cook chicken on the BBQ grill
Cook veg on the BBQ hot plate
Combine and cook the egg noodles with the veg, adding some soy or sweet
2. Chicken, veg and
Chop one onion
Chop about a kilo of chicken breast
Sauté onion and then chicken
Add about a cup of chicken stock
Add some chopped veg (we use carrot, zucchini, mushroom, capsicum, beans, broccoli)
Reduce it until it thickens, or use a teaspoon of cornflour mixed with water.
Boil 2 cups of chicken stock and add 1 cup of
Add a knob of butter or some olive oil to moisten it
Serve with the chicken and veg.
3. Slow cooker beef casserole
(If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can cook this on low for a few hours stirring occasionally)
Chop an onion
Chop some chuck steak or other casserole beef
Toss the steak in some seasoned plain flour and seal in a
Add the onions to the slow cooker, and then the browned beef.
Throw in any chopped veg
Add a tin of chopped tomatoes
Add some Worcestershire sauce and a blob of oyster sauce
Cook until the meat is tender
Serve with a green salad and
4. Pumpkin soup
I don’t think we need a big ‘meaty’ meal each night, so occasionally I will serve some soup. My eldest daughter likes it, the toddler is still a bit skeptical of soup!
Chop a pumpkin
Chop an onion and sauté with garlic in a large saucepan
Put the pumpkin in and add 2 cups of chicken
Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 mins
Blitz. If you want you can add more
5. Eggs and Bacon
A great simple meal that fills everyone up.
You can scramble, poach or fry the eggs
Serve them with or with bread!
6. Pesto Chicken Pasta
Saute 1 chopped onion with some garlic
Chop 1 kilo of chicken breast and add to the frypan to cook.
Add some chopped veg (mushrooms, zucchini)
Stir through some pesto, until everything is coated
If you want to make your own pesto, you will need
1 bunch of basil
large handful of pine nuts
olive oil to thin it to your liking
Whiz it all up and add more olive oil as you like.
Serve it with some pasta
7. BBQ and Salad
This one is probably our
Cook the BBQ meat (marinated thigh fillets, steak, chicken skewers)
Dice some pumpkin or sweet potato and roast for 45 mins
Once the pumpkin/ sweet potato is cooked, stir through the salad with the feta, so that it softens a little. Add the dressing as you like! Yum
So there you go. My
I’d love to know if you already use some of these or which one is your