$60 For Five Family Meals from Abby Thed (TheSimplifiedSaver)

Jul 28, 2020

Nicholas Cummins

We have a special recipe cheat sheet for you today from non-other than the simplified saver! This fantastic list is easy on the wallet and feeds the whole family and good enough for even the littlest picky eater.

Let’s dive into the video.

Shopping list:

  • Spaghetti Sauce (they are all the same and come from the same factory, so go lower shelf and cheap where possible). $1.50
  • Two Canned crushed/diced tomatoes $1.60
  • Two large russet potatoes $1
  • One package of sausage $5
  • Two squash $1.40
  • Bread of your choice $2 (go wholegrain or wholemeal instead of white).
  • One package (400g) of bacon (turkey or pork) $8
  • Two tomatoes $1.60
  • Mixed salad $2
  • Chips (or go with sweet potato fries for a healthy touch) $1
  • Brown rice (1 kg) $3.20
  • One can of corn $0.90
  • One can of black beans $1.50
  • Three avocados $11.50
  • Two sweet potatoes $1.60
  • 2 x Onion $1
  • 2x 500g mincemeat (beef/chicken/pork/turkey) $10
  • 500g macaroni $1.20
  • 500g Spaghetti or Penne Pasta $1.60
  • Two green beans (frozen or can) $2.20
  • Cheese of your choice – Chedder/Parmesan works great.

Total: $60 for five family meals

All prices are from Coles and are accurate as of 27th July 2020.

Spaghetti with Turkey Mince

Spaghetti with Turkey mince

  • Spaghetti Sauce (they are all the same and come from the same factory, so go lower shelf and cheap where possible).
  • Canned crushed/diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound ground turkey 2.58
  • 500g Spaghetti or Penne Pasta .78
  • Consider adding some Zucchini, Onion or other veggies to add in more for your daily needs.
  • Parmesan cheese

Start by bringing the water to a boil, and then put the pasta into the pot. We want to leave that for around 15 minutes, so we can cook the sauce in the meantime. Cook your meat on in a frying pan until it has browned and starts to fry (no more ‘meat juice’ in the pan). Then add in any veggies, the tomato sauce, and canned crushed tomatoes.

Let the sauce simmer.

Then as the spaghetti finishes, drain it and add it to a second fry pan with some butter. Put it on maximum heat and very quickly turn the pasta through the boiling butter. Don’t burn the pasta.

Add seasoning of your choice, such as oregano, salt, and pepper. Combine & top with parmesan

Sausage Bake

Sausage Bake

  • Two large russet potatoes, chopped
  • One package of sausage, sliced
  • One can cut, drained green beans
  • Squash sliced

Begin by chopping up your potatoes and spread them across the bottom of your dish. Then add sliced sausage with a layer of sliced squash on top. Lastly, place the drained green beans on top. Chop your potatoes and lay on the bottom of your dish, add top the sliced sausage, squash, and drained green beans. Add seasonings of your choice and cover with foil. Cook on 230 degrees Celcius for 45-60 minutes. Remove and serve.

BLT’s & Chips

BLT and Chips

  • Bread of your choice $2 (go wholegrain or wholemeal instead of white).
  • One package of turkey bacon
  • One tomato
  • One small salad bag
  • Chips (or go with sweet potato fries for a healthy touch).

Fry or grill (broil) the bacon in the oven. Once cooked throughout, then toast your bread, add sliced tomato and lettuce. Then add the chips to the side and serve. Kids, lunch is ready!

Avocado Bowl

Avocado Bowl

  • Two cups of rice
  • One can of drained corn
  • One can of drained black beans
  • Three avocados
  • Two sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

Cook the rice in a rice cooker or in a pan with a cup of water. The rice is cooked when there is no water in the pan (you should not have to drain it as shown in the video). Add in the corn and beans.

As the rice cooks, peel and chop the sweet potatoes and add to an oven tray with olive oil—Cook for 30 minutes at 230 degrees (220 if fan-forced). Flip halfway through, if possible, make sure it doesn’t burn.

Once complete, add to bowl with avocados, rice mixture, and the potatoes. Then split into portions and serve.

Goulash

Goulash

  • half an onion chopped
  • 500g mincemeat (beef/chicken/pork/turkey)
  • One can dice tomatoes
  • 500g macaroni
  • frozen green beans for a side
  • Cheese of your choice – Chedder/Parmesan works excellent.

Boil macaroni noodles for 10 minutes (or cooked) and drain. At the same time, add oil to a pan and fry the onion until translucent. Then add the meat and fry until brown then add the diced tomatoes. Throw in cooked noodles, stir, and top with cheese of your choice!

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Nicholas Cummins

Journalist working in news media for over a decade with outlets including 9News and the Discovery Channel.