Cooking On A Budget
Cooking on a tight budget is something that can be quite difficult at times (especially if you have a family to look out for, too) but there’s plenty of advice out there for those who want to create great tasting yet cheap family meals. There are lots of tips and tricks you can learn, some ever so simple – but it’s these little tips and tricks which will help you the most! The tricks is to change little things about your shopping habits, your cooking habits – and then learning some great recipes too!
Pick bargain food
It sounds obvious to say it, but when you go shopping, choose the bargain food. Instead of purchasing branded goods and branded food, for simple recipes you don’t need anything more than the supermarket’s own-branded food. You’ll be spending half the money and it tastes just as good once it’s been cooked properly. A great example of this is Tomato soup.
Tomato Soup (using own-branded goods)
For this all you need is a few tins of tinned tomatoes, some dried Basil (or mixed herbs) and some salt and pepper. You’ll blend them all together with a cup (or two) of water, depending on how thick you want the soup. The season is the most important part of this recipe – so be sure to but some salt, pepper and perhaps even a dash of cream in there. It’ll taste delicious with nice toasted bread (which again – costs next to nothing).
Buy and Cook in Bulk
Even if you’re a small family (of 3 or 4) you should be buying and making your food in bulk. It sounds silly but most food is easier to cook in large portions. Take for example a standard spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne or shepherd’s pie – if you buy the ingredients for these meals, they’re relatively cheap and if you make a large portion too, it becomes even cheaper. You don’t need to eat it in one go though – the point here is, you can freeze the leftovers and eat them at a later date!
Remember the Basics
Sometimes, we forget just how great the basics are (and just how cheap they are too)! Basics such as pasta, potatoes and rice can bulk up a meal and keep it cheap and friendly – keeping the meal from looking sparse or bare. These great little ingredients will make sure your meal is plenty filling, all while costing the minimal amount! Pasta bake is a great cheap (but yummy) recipe and keeps the family full and happy.
Pasta Bake (fun and filling)
For this great lasagne meal you’ll want to buy a big bag of pasta (which will cost you no more than $2) and some great pasta sauce (again – this should cost you no more than $2). You can then add anything to the bake that you feel would work well – bacon is a nice touch, as are peppers and onions – but choose whatever you know your family likes. You’ll want to cook the pasta through properly first, then mix it through with the sauce after draining. After adding whatever you wanted to add – and sprinkling a bit of cheese on top, all you need to do is throw it in the oven for 15 minutes.
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