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Nici Wickes: A quick guide to budget-friendly cooking

Author
Nici Wickes,
Publish Date
Sat, 12 Mar 2022, 10:10am
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Nici Wickes: A quick guide to budget-friendly cooking

Author
Nici Wickes,
Publish Date
Sat, 12 Mar 2022, 10:10am

Here are some rules I try to abide by when looking for budget-friendly meals

· Only use what’s in season

· Shop with a list but stay open to a bargain

· Ties in with above, don’t stick to ingredients if they’re expensive, substitute for something cheaper eg. jars of capsicum/peppers instead of fresh, rump steak instead of sirloin or cheaper yet, learn how to cook well with eggs or pulses for your protein, use sour cream / crème fraiche instead of cheese in cooking

· Spices are your friend for cooking on a budget - they pack a punch for very little expense

· Avoid semi or fully prepared meals – they’re expensive whichever way you look at it

· When shopping compare the per gram cost – you’ll be surprised that larger portions are not always cheaper (mayo is a good example of this!)

· Beef up curries / casseroles with vegetables (carrots / potatoes / onions / pumpkin / spinach) – good for the body and the wallet

· Shop to the theme of “You can’t always get what you want”

· The Destitute Gourmet, Sophie Gray, has 3 principles for saving $$: Plan ahead, Eat Healthy, Eek out the luxuries www.destitutegourmet.co.nz – great website

· Practice or LEARN to cook well – that way your health and your food bill is in your hands

My favourite 3 budget meals:

1. 3 meals from one roast chicken; a roast, then use some meat for sandwiches or tacos / make soup with the carcass

2. Lasagne made with lentils instead of meat and sour cream/cream fraiche instead of cheese on top

3. Rosemary & potato/pumpkin frittata

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