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    • timbo86
    • By timbo86 20th Apr 08, 5:12 PM
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    Meal ideas under 1
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    • 20th Apr 08, 5:12 PM
    Meal ideas under 1 20th Apr 08 at 5:12 PM
    Ok following on from the veg curry for 65p idea what meals can we come up with for under 1.

    One of my favourites has to be good old fashioned bubble and squeak espically on a monday any left over veg from Sunday gets mixed up and fried and is gorgeous with a fried egg.

    How about other people, whats yours

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    • princesstippytoes
    • By princesstippytoes 20th Apr 08, 5:22 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 5:22 PM
    Are you looking for ideas for meals for one person or a family?
    • CLARABEL
    • By CLARABEL 20th Apr 08, 5:23 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 5:23 PM
    pasta, pasta, pasta

    with pesto,
    or grated cheese
    with tinned tomatoes
    or whatever veg you have stirred in ( grated courgette is lovely with a bit of chilli).

    or a can of tuna if on offer... still less than a quid for a family!
    • timbo86
    • By timbo86 20th Apr 08, 5:28 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 5:28 PM
    Per person idea's i meant sorry for the confusion
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    • queenpig
    • By queenpig 20th Apr 08, 5:29 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 5:29 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 5:29 PM
    Tin of tuna, tin of tomatoes (or 2) (chopped) packet of dried spaghetti.

    Cook spaghetti, heat tuna in the tomatos (simmer for about 5-10 minutes)

    Serve tuna on the spaghetti.

    Tuna bolganise (sp). 79p buying all you need from asda.
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  • lotto-dreamer
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    • 20th Apr 08, 5:53 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 5:53 PM
    Great idea for a thread Looking forward to some more ideas - here's mine

    Chinese Pork Stir Fry

    Diced pork (or one pork chop/piece of chicken/beef) - sliced thinly e.g. approx 1.75 for 330g)
    1 x packet stir fry veg (approx 91p)
    1 x packet Blue Dragon chow mein sauce (approx 38p)

    Serve with rice!

    total cost for 4 is approx 3.50 (includes rice)

    quick, cheap and not too much washing up
    • princesstippytoes
    • By princesstippytoes 20th Apr 08, 5:55 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 5:55 PM
    Per person idea's i meant sorry for the confusion
    Originally posted by timbo86
    Oh that's easy then. Beans on toast are cheap and good for you. Cheese omelette, devilled mushrooms with rice or toast, tuna and pasta bake, spaghetti bolognese, corned beef hash, potato pie, scrambled eggs, homemade burger and oven chips, hotdogs, mushroom risotto, homemade chicken pie, pasty, cottage pie, fried rice, pork caserole. One portion of all of these can be made for less than one £.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 20th Apr 08, 6:09 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 6:09 PM
    1) Cheese & Potato Pie (with or without onions). Boil half a pound of potatoes, mash them, grate cheese in (quarter of pound), bung in an ovenproof dish, sprinkle some cheese over the top. Cook for about 20 minutes in a pre-heated oven. Cost about 50p.

    2) Spanish Omelette: deep omelette made by slicing par-boiled potato slices, onions, other bits you fancy and frying them a bit, before whisking a couple of eggs on top. Can also chuck in a few mixed herbs or cheese if you want. Make one frying pan full - eat half then and put the other half in the fridge to get cold, it's great cold. Total cost probably 50p, so that's 25p just for half.

    3) Savoury bread & butter pudding. Follow the basic bread and butter pudding recipe but add in savoury items such as cheese and/or meat leftovers.

    e.g. Cheese & Ham Bread & Butter Pudding: Line a shallow ovenproof dish with 3-4 slices of buttered bread. Cover with cheese and ham. Place another 3-4 slices of buttered bread on top. Heat half a pint of milk and 1/4 of an onion in a pan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour the hot milk over 2 beaten eggs. Mix together. Pour milk/egg mix over the bread. Bung in a pre-heated oven at 180deg C for 25 mins. Sprinkle cheese over the top and cook for a further 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cost is probably well under 1.
    • Skint_Catt
    • By Skint_Catt 20th Apr 08, 6:24 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 6:24 PM
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    • 20th Apr 08, 6:24 PM
    8p noodles with a handful of frozen veg thrown in.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 20th Apr 08, 6:43 PM
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    I bought a couple of tins of tuna in hot chilli sauce from Aldi some time back. That was really hot and scrummy. Probably about 40p for the tin from memory. I mixed those with a bag of cheap noodles. That was gorgeous. So that'd be 50p.
  • westferret
    pasta with dairylea and ham (add a few veg as well if you want)
    • Pitlanepiglet
    • By Pitlanepiglet 20th Apr 08, 7:08 PM
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    Cheesy pasta and tuna....homemade cheese sauce with a tin of pasta mixed in, pasta partially cooked in hot water, mix together, grate more cheese on top, bung in oven for 20 minutes - loverly and cheap! Could add veg if you've got some to hand....I was going to put onions and peas in tonight but forgot!
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  • super41
    Tuna savoury pancakes

    Make up batch of pancakes using a couple of eggs. Roll them up with tuna and place in an oven-proof dish. Make a white sauce, season and pour over. Grate cheese over and bake in a hot oven till cheese has melted.

    We had this tonight and the kids love it.

    Not sure on exact costings but I would think the whole lot would come in at under 2 for a family of four.
    • mark88man
    • By mark88man 20th Apr 08, 7:28 PM
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    8p noodles with a handful of frozen veg thrown in.
    Originally posted by Skint_Catt
    That's my boy's favorite. he would eat it every meal if he could.

    handful of peas, sweetcorn to stop him getting scurvy whilst I'm whistling to the bank

    he also likes a quarter of a pack of Mr T's smoked salmon trimmings which adds another 30p
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    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 20th Apr 08, 8:24 PM
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    per person in my house is DEAD easy.. that would mean I had £10 to feed everyone.. I can do it with £2.50!!! (or less)

    4lb spuds (42p)
    mixed frozen veg (50p)
    20 sausages (£1.30)
    10 birds eye fish fingers (25p)

    That will feed everyone!.. junk food but they are fed!!

    We also get value pizza (64p) and top them.. mushrooms, cheese, ham, pineapple, whatever we have in basically!! .. 2 of those insteasd of the sausage and fish fingers fill people up.
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    • vodkawitch1
    • By vodkawitch1 20th Apr 08, 8:41 PM
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    Soups! whatever is cheap, mushrooms, etc.
    • foreign correspondent
    • By foreign correspondent 20th Apr 08, 9:52 PM
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    for a quid each you can make some lovely meals....

    Shepherds pie / cottage pie - brown choped onions, minced beef or lamb, finely chopped carrots and celery, then add gravy and let it simmer - top with mash and brown under the grill - lovely! serve with veggies
    Spag bol and garlic bread
    Fish pie (flaked fish - any sorts, smoked or plain -and peas in a cheese or parsley sauce topped with mash)
    Home made pizzas with lots of lovely toppings and a good green salad
    Stew (buy shin beef for cheap tasty meat that is best really slow cooked) with onions, root veg, stock and thicken the gravy. Add tomato paste, herbs or some wine or beer for variety.
    Chilli - veg or meat chilli with potato wedges, sour cream or guacamole and tortillas
    Fajitas - chicken and veggies stir fried with tomato and mexican spices, wrapped in tortilla wraps with salad, salsa cheese and sour cream,

    Jacket spuds (buttered!) with green salad and home made coleslaw and cheese

    With a lot of these you could have a class of wine or a beer with it, and still spend less than 1 per head!

    good luck
    • shazziere
    • By shazziere 20th Apr 08, 10:26 PM
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    slightly off topic but....the 8p noodles have disappeared from my tesco.i'm gutted.Has anyone else noticed this?
  • mummy2jack
    slightly off topic but....the 8p noodles have disappeared from my tesco.i'm gutted.Has anyone else noticed this?
    Originally posted by shazziere
    I too have noticed that in our local Tescos :confused:
  • Stephen Leak
    I did myself 2 servings of the mushroom curry (recipe in the 65p veg' curry thread mentioned above) over the weekend for 62p for 250g of mushrooms and 34p for the pot of yoghurt. Strictly speaking, you need to factor in all the other things like onions, garlic, oil, chilli powder & spices, and the rice you serve it with, but that shouldn't double the overall cost.

    There were still loads of SP noodles in ASDA: not the Great Noodle Famine of 2008 quite yet!
    Last edited by Stephen Leak; 21-04-2008 at 10:16 AM.
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