Cheap And Easy Recipes To Suit Families & Beginners

I don't really like cooking because I feel I don't have enough time to do the job properly. Everything I cook has to be done fast and, because of my background, it has to include budget-priced ingredients.

I lead a pretty busy life working full-time. I also have a hungry husband and two very hungry, young adult children. As you can imagine, I don't have a lot of time for food preparation or cooking. I like cheap and easy recipes that can be slapped together in a hurry and if they don't create masses of washing up after then that is an added bonus. I'm not into sifting flour and I dislike separating egg whites and yolks (especially when one or the other ends up being wasted).

I try to keep the fat content of my recipes to a minimum so you won't see masses of cream or huge dollops of butter going into many recipes I cook. And guess what? I love my family to come home and smell the delicious aromas of home cooked food. We rarely eat fast take-away food. We don't need to. Making it yourself means you don't need to use any unhealthy additives, and in most cases making it yourself is cheaper. But best of all it tastes better. Try it and ask for the opinion of the people you've cooked for.

 

Try these cheap and easy recipes that you can slap together:

Soup recipes
Soup is one of the cheapest dishes to make and it can be so filling. You can cut back on the more expensive main courses if you eat a bowl of soup first.

Fish recipes
Fish in Australia is quite expensive. Try to use cheaper fish such as tinned tuna so that you can eat fish more often.

Egg recipes
Eggs really are a budget ingredient so I've classified these recipes into their
own section. You can make a heck of a lot of recipes from one dozen eggs.

Red meat, chicken and turkey
Find meat recipes that are economical and easy to make. Cheaper meat cuts can be just as nutritious as dearer varieties.

Vegetarian Food
Now this is where you really can save dollars. This is really half priced food at its best.

Salads and vegetables
Interesting & colourful is the aim here. Make mashed potatoes interesting by including another vegetable or a herb in with it. Use imagination.

Desserts and sweets
Indulge in a Pavlova or try the very English Bread & Butter Pudding. There is a limited range of desserts here. In my family we are usually too full to eat desserts. I suppose desserts are totally unnecessary really aren't they? They are generally so loaded in sugar.

Cakes, scones, muffins and more
Sugar-free Apple & Cinnamon Muffins that melt in your mouth, Pikelets to eat on the run, the ever favourite Date Loaf and a heap more of a less healthy variety. Only eat in moderation.

Biscuits and cookies
Try Anzac Biscuits, full of fibre and they keep so well plus Chocolate Cherubs and more. Once you've made home-made biscuits you won't buy the shop variety again.

Sugar-free sweet recipes
Muffins, mousses, fudge, bliss balls and more.

Jams, chutneys, relishes and ketchups
Try Mango Chutney or Tomato Ketchup minus the additives included in the manufactured variety. Home-made relishes and chutneys add a new dimension to a meal.

Miscellaneous recipes
Includes No Cook Muesli Bars, salad dressings, Rhubarb Champagne, yummy Lemon Spread, Gluten-free Bread, healthy dips and much more...