Posts Tagged“frugal”

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…

I have been making it a project lately to develop some more “straight into the crock pot” type recipes. This one is my take on the 1970’s favourite, “Apricot Chicken”. It was super easy to make, just throw everything in the slow cooker and switch it on! I used a large can of apricots in juice from Aldi, which from memory cost around $2.50. I thought I’d try using those instead of making the trek up to Coles to buy Apricot Nectar. The apricots in juice worked really well, and the bonus was that for less than the cost of…

Do you ever get discouraged and wonder if your effort to be wise with your money is worth it? I would like to encourage you that it is, and that all those little bits of effort really do add up! Since financial stress is the number one cause for marriage breakdown, then being in control of your finances rather than being out of control, is a wonderful gift you can give to yourself and your family. Dave Ramsey has some wonderful suggestions for getting on the road to financial freedom. One of the most basic things you can do in…

I came across some lovely blogs recently which featured lists of frugal tasks done during the week. These simple lists were a great encouragement to me that every little bit of effort adds up to great savings. So I thought I might sometimes document some of the little frugal tasks I do in list form. Thanks girls for the great idea! You may also like to check out these lovely blogs: debt free, cashed up and laughing and my abundant life07. So … here are a few frugal things I did this past week: propagated some plants from cuttings divided…

Moussaka is a great family meal.  It is relatively easy to make, healthy, thrifty and the kids will love it.  This recipe is one my mum used to make when we were kids back in the seventies, in our lime green kitchen!  This is the “Australianised” version which uses potatoes rather than egg plant, but you can feel free to use egg plant if that grabs you! Ingredients 6 large potatoes 750 g  minced beef 425 g chopped tomatoes 1 onion chopped 2 tsp mixed herbs 1 tsp minced garlic 1/2 tsp salt White Sauce 120 g butter 4 tbsp…

These veggie fritters make a quick, easy and relatively healthy lunch or snack. I made these up in a jiffy today and they were delicious. My zucchini plants are going crazy, so I thought I would pick some of the new little zucchinis and use them for lunch. The recipe calls for roughly two cups of finely grated carrot and zucchini, but you could really use any vegetable you fancy. They would be especially good with some corn kernels.  Also, if you haven’t found a gluten free flour you like, I find the Aldi brand to be excellent as well…

Chicken Cacciatore is a great family meal, which is both healthy and frugal.  I look out for when chicken breast is on sale at the local meat market and usually stock up on several kilos. I wrap the chicken breast in 500 g packs and freeze them to be used over the coming months.  Buying meat on sale and freezing it is a great way to really cut your grocery bill.  Chicken can be safely stored in the freezer for 3 months and lamb and beef can be frozen for up to 6 months.  With a little planning it is…

Pavlova is a classic Australian dessert, although I do believe the kiwis claim to have invented it!  Anyway, it is an Aussie classic and a great dessert to have in your repertoire.  Not only is Pavlova delicious, but it is fairly easy to make and very inexpensive. A great use for the egg yolks you have left over is to either make a cake, or a quiche, substituting the five egg yolks for two whole eggs.  If you don’t have time to make another cake or quiche on the day you make the Pavlova, you can store the egg yolks…

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…

A friend of mine gave me this recipe recently and said it was a great standby to have in the fridge for an easy lunch. Since it is a rainy day and I had all the ingredients in the house, I decided to give it a go today. This is a very thrifty, yet healthy and delicious meal. You can basically use any vegetables you like, leftover baked vegetables work well. Today I used onion, red capsicum and spinach as I didn’t have any leftover baked pumpkin or potato. You can use either ricotta, sour cream or yoghurt as the…