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12 best budget-friendly recipes
Did you know food is often the highest living expense after paying rent or a mortgage? Every families’ food bill varies, but one thing is the same from house to house: Kiwis are a hard-working bunch, and we want to know our hard-earned dollars are being put towards good quality kai for our whanau.
When it comes to eating on a budget we know people sometimes associate that with boring meal choices such as cooking an extra-large batch of something on Sunday and eating the same thing, slightly varied all week. Surely it could be more appealing than that? Well you know what? It is. Here's a look at some of our favourite budget-friendly recipes.
Beef & Potato-Top Bake
Think of this dish from Chelsea Winter as a delicious twist on a shepherd’s or cottage pot pie, using lovely chunks of beef (rather than mince), which are so tender they fall apart on your fork. Using cost-effective ingredients, it’s lovely and simple to make and tastes sensational.
Beef Shin Ragu
The Italian word ‘Ragù’ more or less means a meaty sauce for pasta (Bolognese is a type of ragù). This beef shin version is a lovely way to make a rich, flavoursome sauce using a very economical cut. I like the way the meltingly tender chunks of meat add a great texture to the sauce too. The sauce freezes well so it’s easy to whip up a quick meal on a weeknight, or you can use the slow cooker for the ragù during the day and cook the pasta when you get home.
Baked Lamb Neck Chops
This recipe from Kathy Paterson is a great way to keep the family fed during winter. This well-seasoned dish will fill your kitchen with a rich aroma that will bring everyone to the table.
Easy Lamb Koftas
This easy and delicious lamb kofta recipe from Allyson Gofton makes 10 skewers. As a family meal, or part of a barbecue selection, they are quick to prepare and great on their own, or served in a pita bread with your favourite sauce. This mixture can also be used to make tasty burgers; the same quantities will make around 6 burger patties.
Posted by Shawn Moodie