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Your Cheapest Evening Meal.

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
I just wondered what the cheapest people could do an evening meal for. I have 2 kids and a OH.

Thanks :confused:

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  • chivers1977chivers1977 Forumite
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    well having got an R&R in tescos on a massive bit of beef...tonight it is about 30p for veg for the two of us !!! :rotfl: :rotfl:
    There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you Peter De Vries
    Debt free by 40 (27/11/2016)
  • chloe99_2chloe99_2 Forumite
    312 posts
    rice and curried lentils (with cheapo tinned toms and potatoes) is probably my cheapest - don't know how much but it can't be very expensive
  • linzibeanlinzibean Forumite
    437 posts
    I think my cheapest meal is a Chilli..... i dont use mince, I use 1/3 of a big pack of turkey from the supermarket which cost £2.40, which makes it about 80p worth! then a little oil, a little chilli, paprika and pepper, half a tin of value kidney beans (about 23p) a tin of value chopped tomatoes (about 15p) served with rice (about 50p worth)

    making it about £1.60 for two people, very filling and yum yum!!

    But then another cheap meal I make is a Thai curry:

    about 80p of turkey
    54p for a block of creamed coconut
    30p for a pepper
    a bit of oil, some lemon jiuce, some spices from my cupboard (about 20p)
    served with rice (about 50p)

    makes it £2.30 for two people - a bit more expensive but its nice for a treat :)

    Another great cheap one:
    Pasta and Turkey

    two thin turkey breast slices - 50p (I get a pack of 8 for £1.99 in morrisons)
    half a bag of dried pasta - 9p (19p a bag woooo!)
    lemon juice and pepper to steam the turkey in - about 20p
    about 1/4 of a bottle of vinegarette dressing - 20p

    (cheese on top of OH's portion - c.40p)

    makes it under a pound without OH's cheese!! for two of us!

    I LOVE OS :beer:
  • Weymouth_ManWeymouth_Man Forumite
    733 posts
    :j Must be Bean's on toast, if you want to splash out further, with Marmite:j
    ;)!!!!!!There are More Questions Than Answers!!!!!!:eek:
    :search: But I Just Don't Have Any Answers :idea:
  • Penny-Pincher!!Penny-Pincher!! Forumite
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  • Smashing_BlouseSmashing_Blouse Forumite
    222 posts
    Part of the Furniture
    Tuna, Pasta, Sweetcorn,Campbells Condensed Mushroom Soup and a bit of grated cheese. Cheap as chips!!
    I wish that, I knew what I know now,when I was younger.
  • lindadykeslindadykes Forumite
    391 posts
    This is a 3 course menu for 4 from a book called "Great value Gourmet" by Paul Gayler. At the time the book was published (1996) this was costed in the book as £1 for the whole thing. Might cost a bit more now but should still be cheap:

    Spicy Mexican barbecue bean soup
    Hot dog fusilli
    Cinnamon baked applea en papillote

    The recipes:
    Spicy Mexican barbecue bean soup
    2 tbsp olive oil
    1 onion chopped
    1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes
    1 potato cut into small pieces
    14oz canned baked beans in tomato sauce
    1/2 pint chicken stock
    1 tbsp brown sugar
    1 teaspoon mustard
    1 tbsp molasses (optional)
    salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Heat the oil, add the onion and cook till soft. Add the chilli flakes and cook for 1 min to release flavour then add the potato and most of the beans. (Reserve 4 tbsp for garnish) Stir well, add stock and cook over a low heat for 15-20 mins until the potato is nearly tender. Combinr the sugar, mustard, molasses, salt and pepper. Add to the soup and cook a further five minutes. Pour into a blender and blend to a smooth puree. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve garnished with the reserved beans.

    Hot Dog Fusilli
    6 tbsp olive oil
    8oz frankfurter sausages sliced 1/2 inch thick
    1 tsp dried sage or mixed herbs
    1/2 clove garlic crushed
    pinch dried chilli flakes
    200g canned chopped tomatoes
    salt and freshly ground black pepper
    450g fusilli pasta
    4 tbsp parmesan (optional)
    Heat 2 tbsp oil in frying pan, add sausages and cook till golden. Stir in the herbs then remove from pan and keep warm. Add a little more oil to pan then add garlic, chilli and tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes have thickened slightly and become seperated from the oil. Season to taste and keep warm. Cook the fusilli until al dente then drain and return to the pan. add the tomato sauce and sausages and toss together.

    Cinnamon baked apples en papillote
    3oz butter
    3 oz sugar
    1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    2 drops vanilla essence
    juice of 1/2 orange
    4 eating apples
    Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5
    Melt butter in a saucepan, add sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, orange juice and 4 tbsp water and boil until caramelied to a light sticky syrup. Core the apples and make a few incisions in the skin to prevent bursting. Butter a sheet of foil 15 inches square and place on a baking sheet. Lay th eaplles on the foil leaving a gap of 1 1/2 inches between them. Brush the syrup over the apples, then enclose in foil. Bake for 20-25 mins. Serve with the juices poured over them.
    Linda ;) :beer:
  • hardpressedhardpressed Forumite
    2.1K posts
    well having got an R&R in tescos on a massive bit of beef...tonight it is about 30p for veg for the two of us !!! :rotfl: :rotfl:

    Sorry to be so thick but what is 'R&R in Tescos' please? :confused:
  • pollyspollys Forumite
    1.8K posts
    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker Mortgage-free Glee!
    I think homemade pizza is the cheapest meal I do, and homemade popcorn is the cheapest treat.
    MFW 1/5/08 £45,789 Cleared mortgage 1/02/13
    Weight loss challenge. At target weight.
  • loopylassloopylass Forumite
    1.3K posts
    Sorry to be so thick but what is 'R&R in Tescos' please? :confused:

    Refund and Retain if the shelf edge label SEL states 1 price and you are charged a higher price at the till then tescos policy is you will get a full refund and get to keep the goods
    I have only just found this out by going on tescos mis-price threads
    HTH :D
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