You either fall into the former category (mehhh) or the latter (clearly the better one!) – no prizes for guessing which category I belong to!
But sometimes (most times) my student pocket cannot withstand the luxury of decadence (insert very, very sad face) so it is a good thing that cooking can be as inexpensive as you need it to be!
In my three-going-on-four years in Adelaide, I have scoured the interwebs for some really fantastic, fast and frugal meals to prepare. here are some of my favourites:
Mixed Vegetable Minestrone Soup – my winter staple
Chicken Parmi (or ParmA if you’re one of them Victorians…pfft) – I use eggplant in place of the chicken since I’m vegetarian, and it works out to be cheaper too!
Vegetable Curry – I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who said they did not like Indian food 🙂
Spanish Tortilla – While I’m not paid to advertise this service, I think it is a great one. Get on the Coles’ website and search over 3000 recipes to fit a tight budget.
- I always keep a bag of frozen mixed veg in the freezer for when I need to add some nutritional value to my instant noodles (it makes me feel so much better knowing there are little cubes of carrot and peas in my dinner!)
- Tinned tomatoes are another pantry staple; you never know when you’re going to feel like a simple tomato based pasta
- Going to the supermarket with a shopping list always helps me steer clear from buying unnecessary items. Also, shop on a full stomach; you are apparently more likely to purchase on impulse when hungry!
- Buy ‘home brand’ or ‘no brand’ items; they are much cheaper, and I’ve never been able to tell the difference. 79c for a tin of tomatoes? Don’t mind if I do!
So swap those 99c packets of instant noodles for some hearty meals on the cheap!