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    • pavlovs_dog
    • By pavlovs_dog 4th Feb 05, 10:37 AM
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    • #2
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    corn beef hash was always a favourite in our house when we were kids...take a tin of cron beef and mash it into a pan of mash - -instant comfort food

    goes down well with some beans and maybe a poched egg. cheap and filling
  • Lillibet
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    • 4th Feb 05, 10:38 AM
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    Jacket spuds/stuffed potato skins


    Cooked breakfast for dinner!

    Beans on toast

    Cheesey potato pie

  • fazer6
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    Omlette and pasta/potatoes

    Home made pizza.

    Risotto/special fried rice/chow mein

    (all these just use up leftovers and sprouting/wrinkly veg)

    Sunday roast which gives you enough meat for a couple of extra meals (I use the leftovers in sandwiches for work and then for a meal). A whole roast chicken will go quite far on its own, then I guess once the meat's gone you could use the carcas to make your own stock, use that with leftover veg and you've got soup.
  • pickle
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    • 4th Feb 05, 10:49 AM
    re; cheap meals
    • #5
    • 4th Feb 05, 10:49 AM
    tuna patties
    noodle stirfry (with beef or chicken)
    • Sarahsaver
    • By Sarahsaver 4th Feb 05, 11:21 AM
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    • #6
    • 4th Feb 05, 11:21 AM
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    • 4th Feb 05, 11:21 AM
    sausage casserole
    bubble and squeak
    the famous BREVILLE MEAL which we have once a fortnight!!! (toasted sarnies!!!)
    BIG soup homemade of course, bulked out with pasta
    pasta with a tin of tuna and a dollop of pesto mixed in
    baked potatoes with toppings
    big omelette with old vegetables in it - onion, peas, carrots, anything goes
    leftover surprise... what we had for lunch (early - the kids got up early) fishfingers, chilli, chinese beef and veg and rice - all odd sized portions from the freezer
    pancakes with savoury fillings for main course then sweet for dessert
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    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 4th Feb 05, 11:30 AM
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    • #7
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    Spag Bol to use up sqidgy tomatoes and other veg (mushrooms,onions,peppers). Use stick blender for few secs to hide veg from faddy kids!!

    Tortillas, uses up leftover meat(pork,beef,chicken) and any salad veg (lettuce,tomotoies,spring onion,peppers). Make owm salsa or kids put bbq sauce on theirs. I buy ready made wraps but the clever ones on here will make their own.
    • tiff
    • By tiff 4th Feb 05, 11:44 AM
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    • 4th Feb 05, 11:44 AM
    Sweet and sour (using up leftover chicken or pork) with rice or noodles
    Vegetable chilli

    I made pancakes this week with vegetables in a cheese sauce. If you make the pancakes and stack them with greaseproof paper. Then fill each one with the veg (I used onions, green pepper, carrots, courgettes, mushrooms) and sauce and roll up and put in a dish. Then put in the oven for 15 mins with grated cheese on top. It went down really well with the kids as they love pancakes, I had to warn them in advance that we were only having savoury ones though lol
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    • Austin Allegro
    • By Austin Allegro 4th Feb 05, 1:11 PM
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    • 4th Feb 05, 1:11 PM
    Tuna and pasta - mix a tin of tuna, tin of economy tomatoes and pasta together, add garlic and tomato puree if you like.
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    Theres many more ideas here, that i could have imagined. keep them coming guys we have a great idea for a thread here.
  • chardonnay
    we have spicy mince

    make bolognese (not too runny) and add tabasco sauce, hot pepper sauce or chilli sauce (or leave as bolognese if you're not fond of spices. add to cooked pasta shells, stir till shells fill up and serve. quick and easy
    • elona
    • By elona 4th Feb 05, 2:03 PM
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    I just made a massive vegetable curry for under 1. I used the slow cooker
    Stewpack of carrots,parsnip,turnip and onion( reduced to 49 pence))
    Few potatoes from sack
    extra onion
    tin tomatoes
    curry powder.
    red pepper (lurking in veg. rack )

    Started it off in microwave to get liquid hot and veg slightly softened then tossed it all in slow cooker and left for hours.

    Just tried it and really tasty - even dear husband liked it!

    Another cheap idea is a large home made yorkshire pudding with vegetables and gravy - husband loves this as well and feels that he is being spoilt!

    Costs hardly anything and there was a whole thread on how to make perfect yorkies on this board.
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    • culpepper
    • By culpepper 4th Feb 05, 4:30 PM
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    cowboy beans from the feed your family for 5 a day book
    Basically..Fried onions,add kidney beans (soaked or tinned),peppers,mushrooms,tinned tomatoes.
    Serve with rice or baked potatoes

    Add mince and chilli powder if you like.Cheaper without though.
    • crana999
    • By crana999 4th Feb 05, 4:58 PM
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    Chilli made from tin tomatoes, tin (or soaked & cooked dried) kidney beans, tin sweetcorn, chilli sauce (or similar source of chili!), bit of powdered coriander & cumin if you have them, served with rice.

    pasta with almost anything

    my friend's "Peasant pasta": soaked & cooked dried green lentils, tin tomatoes, some chillis, some onion if liked, served with pasta (wholemeal is good) and grated cheese if you have any
    • vanoonoo
    • By vanoonoo 4th Feb 05, 6:13 PM
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    I just made a massive vegetable curry for under 1. I used the slow cooker
    Stewpack of carrots,parsnip,turnip and onion( reduced to 49 pence))
    Few potatoes from sack
    tin tomatoes
    by elona
    we seem to shop the same elona! it was one of those stew packs that I used for my curry except i'd used the carrots with the slow cooker turkey and as I had the sauce donated i didnt need onions or curry powder this time. heehee.
    • vanoonoo
    • By vanoonoo 4th Feb 05, 6:15 PM
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    I am trying to come up with some main meals that are relatively cheap to cook, just for a bit of inspiration really and a kick up the derierre to give my moneysaving a good start.

    The only things i can think of at the moment is :

    Liver and onions.

    Cottage/shepherds pie

    Toad in the hole

    Fish Fingers

    any other ideas that i can add to my list?
    by Judi
    i use lots of pasta, rice and potato to keep my costs down. oh and 8p noodles!
    • tiff
    • By tiff 4th Feb 05, 6:28 PM
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    I'd say we are about 50% vegetarian now. Because I had to cut down the shopping bill I tended to cut back on meat for some reason, but no-one in this house has really noticed (apart from the flatulence problems!!) A lot of the cheap meals are veg based and as long as you vary the menu you never get bored. I wouldnt want to go completely vegetarian as I love sausages and bacon too much.

    I must look out for those stew packs, I automatically steer away from them thinking it must be cheaper to buy the veg separately.
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    • ashmit
    • By ashmit 4th Feb 05, 6:45 PM
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    Don't forget fishcakes - mash and a tin of salmon or tuna - you can fry some onions to mix in with them or something if you're feeling extravagent!
    • student100
    • By student100 4th Feb 05, 7:26 PM
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    Macaroni (or other pasta) & cheese

    Pasta carbonara


    Egg/cheese etc on toast

    Jacket potato and stuff

    Pancakes - American style ones usually because they're easier to cook. Very filling & cheap snack!

    Mince-based dishes (spag bol/cottage pie/chilli with rice/tortillas etc)

    other pasta stuff...

    (can you tell I'm a student? )
  • Quackers
    Macoroni cheese with tuna & sweetcorn added. Veggie me has it with peppers, mushrooms & courgettes. Cooked and served on the side

    couscous is nice with a veggie pasta sauce. Add some sausage to hubbies plate.

    Cheese & onion pie - mash potato, cheese and cooked onions all mashed together with some sliced tomatoes on top and cooked in oven.

    I hardly ever have omlettes - mainly 'cos I wont cook eggs although I love eating them (dont ask!) but all those egg adverts on tv have got me thinking. Anything in cupboards can be added to an omlette to make a meal.

    Jacket potatoes - cook and scoop out filling. Mix with butter, cheese and anything else you have in - mushrooms, leeks, bacon etc and put back into skins and put back in oven for 15-20 mins - gorgeous.
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