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    • By BACKFRMTHEEDGE 19th Mar 06, 5:57 PM
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    Your Cheapest Evening Meal.
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    • 19th Mar 06, 5:57 PM
    Your Cheapest Evening Meal. 19th Mar 06 at 5:57 PM
    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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  • chivers1977
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    • 19th Mar 06, 6:01 PM
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    • 19th Mar 06, 6:01 PM
    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 !!!
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  • chloe99
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    • 19th Mar 06, 6:06 PM
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    • 19th Mar 06, 6:06 PM
    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
  • linzibean
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    • 19th Mar 06, 6:20 PM
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    • 19th Mar 06, 6:20 PM
    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!

  • Weymouth Man
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    • 19th Mar 06, 6:23 PM
    Something on toast !!!!
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    • 19th Mar 06, 6:23 PM
    Must be Bean's on toast, if you want to splash out further, with Marmite
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  • Penny-Pincher!!
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    • 19th Mar 06, 6:43 PM
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    • 19th Mar 06, 6:43 PM
    We've had a few threads over the months on cheapie and nutritious meals:

    Sorry dont know how to shorten the links


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    • Smashing Blouse
    • By Smashing Blouse 19th Mar 06, 7:27 PM
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    Smashing Blouse
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    • 19th Mar 06, 7:27 PM
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    • 19th Mar 06, 7:27 PM
    Tuna, Pasta, Sweetcorn,Campbells Condensed Mushroom Soup and a bit of grated cheese. Cheap as chips!!
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    • lindadykes
    • By lindadykes 19th Mar 06, 7:33 PM
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    • 19th Mar 06, 7:33 PM
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    • 19th Mar 06, 7:33 PM
    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.
    • hardpressed
    • By hardpressed 19th Mar 06, 7:53 PM
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    • 19th Mar 06, 7:53 PM
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    • 19th Mar 06, 7:53 PM
    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 !!!
    by chivers1977
    Sorry to be so thick but what is 'R&R in Tescos' please? :confused:
    • pollys
    • By pollys 19th Mar 06, 8:04 PM
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    I think homemade pizza is the cheapest meal I do, and homemade popcorn is the cheapest treat.
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    • loopylass
    • By loopylass 19th Mar 06, 8:16 PM
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    Sorry to be so thick but what is 'R&R in Tescos' please? :confused:
    by hardpressed
    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
    • joannasmum
    • By joannasmum 19th Mar 06, 8:31 PM
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    Toad in the Hole has to be ours I think. For some reason it taste nicer with really cheap sausages. The batters only an egg, bit of flour and milk if I'm short of milk I sometimes do it half and half with water (works best with full cream milk). We hae it with either beans or veg if you want to pad it out further you can always do a jacket spud with it.
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  • kittiwoz
    Think the cheapest meal I can make is rice, dhal, nan bread and yoghurt. I use dried red lentils, split peas or chick peas for the dhal. The nan is 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder and about a tablespoon of yoghurt to make a dough. I'd guess that costs about 30p a head though it'd be much nicer if I splashed out on a jar of chutney or picle to go with it.

    I think the best value meal I can make is roast chicken with all the trimings. I did a roast chicken with stuffing, yorkshire puds, roast potatoes, mixed winter veg (carrot, celery, onion, leek, turnip and fennel) roasted under the bird to soak up the juices along with a few whole garlic cloves, a quartered lemon and a pint of stock, green beans, bread sauce and gravy for myself and my five housemates for a cost of about 7. The bird would have been better suited to feeding four really, hence going all out with the trimmings, but everyone was fed and it was really delicious.
    • By BACKFRMTHEEDGE 20th Mar 06, 7:44 AM
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    Great Ideas
    There some great ideas here.
  • pickle
    tuna patties
    sausages & mash
    chicken and vege soup (chicken from LIDL)
    Chicken/turkey Paella - onion fried, then chicken and veges and then add 3/4 cup rice and 2 teasp. tumeric, 2 teasp. paprika, stock cubes and salt to taste, cover with water til just covered and cook stirring regularly so bottom doesn't stick.
    turkey schnitzels and chips/mash/salad
    Greek chicken and potatos (2 breast cubed chicken or equiv./4 med. potato cooked with 6 minced garlic cloves, chicken stock cube, 1/4 cup olive oil (optional), 2 juiced lemons, 2 teasp. oregano).
    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 20th Mar 06, 9:51 AM
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    This is for two adults

    I do Pasta, two handfulls serves us two fine (whole bag costs 31p - Asda)
    Asda Chunky veg tomato sauce 70p
    Punnet Closed cup mushooms about 80p - enough for one futher meal each
    Sweetcorn - frozen about 80p for the whole bag.

    Fry mushrooms in whatever oil you use.
    Boil pasta as instructions.
    Heat tomatoe sauce.

    When the pasta is ready tip into the heated tom. sauce and keep stiring until hot.
    Stir in sweetcorn.

    Serve on plate with mushrooms on top.
    • Whitefiver
    • By Whitefiver 20th Mar 06, 4:37 PM
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    I've always been rather partial to egg, beans and chips (HM). Fairly cheap too.


    • MATH
    • By MATH 20th Mar 06, 5:16 PM
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    Tuna, Pasta, Sweetcorn,Campbells Condensed Mushroom Soup and a bit of grated cheese. Cheap as chips!!
    by Smashing Blouse
    I used to make this years ago with an added red pepper and some sauted onion. Thanks for reminding me - I will snaffle a campbells tomorrow. LOL

    Tinned soups make really good sauces for the SC. American's use a lot of tinned soup based SC recipes. I use oxtail a lot as a beef gravy based sauce for sausage casserole or brisket. hhmmm delish.
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    • Sarahsaver
    • By Sarahsaver 20th Mar 06, 5:18 PM
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    Piles of pancakes with whatever we can find for toppings, cheese odds and ends, choc spread, honey, good for finishing up small quantities of stuff we otherwise would not find a use for. Value flour, home grown eggs, and milk which is 1.15 for 6 pints around here. Usually do 2 eggs, 2 cups milk, 2 cups flour.
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  • Weymouth Man
    Sounds GOOD to me !
    I've always been rather partial to egg, beans and chips (HM). Fairly cheap too.


    by Whitefiver
    Great meal, is that with or with out Brown sauce ?
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