Posts Tagged“thrifty”

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 had previously written about my attempt at gluten free pizza dough here but last night I had another go with even better results.  I basically used the same recipe as before but rolled the dough much thinner and it worked much better!  The other benefit is that now the pizza dough goes  twice as far, so I got four pizza bases from the one batch.  I rolled out all four bases on baking paper then wrapped three of them in cling wrap to freeze for future use.  I used a lid from a large Tupperware bowl as a support…

Here’s a lovely old fashioned desert which is very easy to do. You can use any fresh fruit like apples, peaches or even mixed berries. But if you are short on time, a can of fruit will do the trick too! I threw this together in less than ten minutes and it is just the thing for a cosy night in.  If you need to make this gluten free, I suggest using the Aldi  brand of gluten free flour, it is an excellent flour, as well as very economical. Ingredients 1 large can peaches (drained) or 2 cups of fruit of…

This lovely slice makes a wonderful lunch or snack.  It is also a great way to use up an abundant harvest of zucchini and eggs!  Like most of my recipes this one is super thrifty as well, the entire dish would cost under $4 or about half that if you have homegrown zucchini and eggs! Ingredients 4 eggs ½ cup parmesan cheese 1 cup SR flour or SR gluten free flour ¼ tsp salt dash of pepper 1 tsp minced garlic 1 medium onion, finely diced 2 cups finely grated zucchini ( can substitute some carrot if you like) ½…

Here is a wonderful slice which is easy to make, thrifty and relatively healthy.  I had some homemade jam left over from last year, which I wanted to use up; as well as quite a supply of whole meal flour, which needed to be used sooner rather than later.  Today I solved both problems and made a double quantity of this lovely slice, and have cut it into pieces to freeze for later use.  I find it is really handy to have some homemade baked goods in the freezer for when you have unexpected visitors or you are running a…

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…

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…

Probably one of the easiest ways to save on your grocery bill is to make sure that you use everything you buy, and not let things go to waste.  I recently had some left over cream in the fridge and decided to make a quick potato bake to make use of it. This made for a tasty but simple side dish, the prep probably only took about 10 minutes and the cream got used! In actual fact I only had about 200mls of cream so I substituted a little milk to make up the difference, and it turned out just…