Posts Tagged“economical”

Making healthy and enjoyable meals for the family is a wonderful yet often undervalued skill.  You can save your family a fortune by making home made meals, not to mention the many other benefits of home cooking.  You don’t need to make a major production of cooking gourmet meals, just develop some good old fashioned skills which a couple of generations ago were common place and valued. By putting some thought into what your family will eat for the week, you can save all sorts of stress and money.  I find it good to have a quick look at my…

This is a versatile meal which can be prepared in roughly 20 minutes and then left to cook in the slow cooker until it is time to serve.  The meatballs can then be served with pasta or our family favourite, made into meatball subs on fresh rolls.  There is either a super easy version in which you do not need to brown the meatballs before placing them in the slow cooker.  Alternatively, you can add the step of browning the meatballs slightly in a skillet and then adding them to the slow cooker.  I sometimes do the easy version if…

This chilli recipe is a great versatile family meal, it is healthy, thrifty and delicious. You can serve it with rice, use it to fill tacos along with some salad, or use it as a topping for nachos. You can adjust the amount of chilli to suit your family. To make a really kid friendly version, only use a ¼ tsp of chilli to begin with and then if you think that is too mild, you can always add more next time. You can also “hide” any number of veggies you like with this recipe. I used 4 extra large…

Meat loaf is a great simple meal that the whole family will love.  It is relatively inexpensive and easy to make.  The prep time is around 10 minutes, then just pop it in the oven and you are done.  I usually put in some roast potatoes and pumpkin at the same time and then can leave the whole dinner pretty well unattended until popping on some peas or beans in the last 10 minutes.  I have made this recipe gluten free; however you can easily substitute regular bread and then roll in breadcrumbs if you do not need to eat…

Winter is a great time for warming dishes like risotto, the beauty of this recipe is that it can be put together very quickly then baked in the oven.  I like this method much better than the stove top method where you are tied to the stove to stir the risotto. Using a Dutch oven simplifies this method even more since you only need the one pot.  I will use my Dutch oven the next time I make this. You can substitute any vegetables you like; I just used pumpkin because that is what I had on hand. Ingredients 500g…