Nerds moved out of home, living on a budget, what's some great food for cheap?

Discussion in 'Geek Food' started by maev, May 20, 2012.

  1. maev

    maev Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2008
    Messages:
    1,424
    Location:
    Mid-North Coast, 2428
    Hey,
    So i have budgeted $200 a fortnight (for myself and house mate) and i *think* that should be enough for us both.

    So far i have been buying stuff to make chicken and salad sangas (quality wholemeal bread, cucumber, avocado, tomato, lettus, chicken (BBQ though we got 2 fillet the other day), onion and cheese.

    We also made spaghetti bowl the other night, last a few days.

    What are some decent, yummy and healthy meals that come to mind that are good on a budget? I'm yet to make a rice dish, but can't really think of anything else outside of that.

    I'd rather it all be healthy. Breakfast is usually avocado on toast, lunch being sandwhich with above ingredients and dinner is usually a mix, though we get pizza tuesdays since its simply so cheap ($3 each).

    Any idea would be awesome, cheers~
     
  2. k23man

    k23man Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2005
    Messages:
    452
    Location:
    Brisbane
    A roast chicken is pretty cheap and dead easy to do with roast potatoes, carrots, onion, sweet potato, garlic etc plus maybe some beans or peas. Also, there's heaps of stuff you can get from the supermarket or butcher (meat pies, crumbed fish fillets, chicken kievs, lasagne etc) that you can just heat up and serve with some steamed veges or a quick garden salad. If you don't want to make a garden salad you can buy those salads already made up in a bag at the supermarket.
     
  3. Amfibius

    Amfibius Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2002
    Messages:
    7,074
    Location:
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Make up a large pot of pasta sauce then freeze in meal sized portions. In your supermarket, where they sell plastic wrap and aluminum foil, you should find some disposable meal sized containers. You can recycle them about 5-10 times before you chuck them. These are perfect for freezing pasta sauce. Whenever I cook up a batch of pasta sauce, I make enough to last 4-5 meals. Dinner is then very simple - boil pasta, microwave sauce, combine, and eat.

    As for rice, you can do the same thing. Make up a batch of curry or stew and freeze it. Dinner = cook the rice, microwave the curry, eat.
     
  4. 3stars

    3stars Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2006
    Messages:
    4,446
    if you put the food in freezer bags in the container you can then pop the out and you have a container shaped bag easy to stack and can reuse the container again and again
     
  5. Gunna

    Gunna Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2001
    Messages:
    7,063
    Location:
    Brisbane
    One of my favourites at the moment:

    Get some cheap cut of beef
    Leafy greens like chinese cabbage and Bok choy. Lots to bulk the dish up
    Thinly sliced carrots
    Some broccolini - cut into 15mm segments
    onion
    Ginger and garlic
    Rice
    sweet soy
    Oyster sauce
    pepper

    Cook rice

    Heat oil in wok/pan get very hot and keep on high the entire time
    fry some garlic quickly(teasoon and a half)
    drop in beef and brown for a few minutes
    Drop in carrots and broccolini and fry for a few more minutes
    Drop in leafy greens, ginger and onion, fry until greens slightly wilted
    Add tablespoon of oyster and sweet soy and cook for anpther minute or so

    Serve on rice.

    Can make about 3 meals for around $8
     
  6. OP
    OP
    maev

    maev Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2008
    Messages:
    1,424
    Location:
    Mid-North Coast, 2428
    Thanks for some great ideas guys, you're making my mouth water :upset:
     
  7. SuzyCreamcheese

    SuzyCreamcheese Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2009
    Messages:
    2,279
    Location:
    !htrep
    Baked beans, the recipe is in the geek food section.
    Dhal, cheap and nutritious as it gets.
    Oats, make everything with this. Oatmeal cookies, oatmeal for breakfast.
    Quinoa is a more nutritious alternative to rice.
    Sooji Halwa is another favourite of mine. Make custard with it, its damn delicious.

    Thats how i live on $20 a week.

    Other candidates are, lentil burgers. Learn how to bone chickens, and use carcasses for soup (or ask for carcasses at lenards/poultry butcher). Learn to make your own bread, its an incredibly valuable skill anyway (home made crossaints are about $10 for 20, vs $2.50 each in the shops).
     
  8. munchkin1

    munchkin1 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    4,457
    When I lived out of home I always did the big pasta/curry/etc thing. Cook epic amount, freeze, cook fresh rice/pasta to go with it each time. Ends up costing crap all per meal and tastes good too

    Also, mi goreng. lol

    Got housemates? Before all my housemates stopped speaking to each other (lol) we would sometimes just all chip in and make a pasta bake or stir fry or something. Very very cheap when splitting between a few people, and can take turns on cooking duty.
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2012
  9. broccoli

    broccoli Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    Messages:
    20,361
    Location:
    Perth
    Lamb shanks and barley stew.
    Minestrone soup.
    Macaroni cheese with tuna.
     
  10. Gunna

    Gunna Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2001
    Messages:
    7,063
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Invest in a slow cooker.

    Make a good sized meal on a sunday and freeze some portions, also do a spag bog sauce and also make a lasagne on Sunday and freeze the portions. Get a lot of meals made and frozen in one hit.
     
  11. Nitephyre

    Nitephyre Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2007
    Messages:
    1,476
    Location:
    ormeau@gc.qld.au
    Mi Goreng.
     
  12. Gunna

    Gunna Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2001
    Messages:
    7,063
    Location:
    Brisbane
    While damn tasty........they are pretty damn bad for you
     
  13. Ulan

    Ulan Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2001
    Messages:
    425
    Location:
    North Brisbane, Australia
    microwave some rice
    add 95c tin of lemon pepper tuna
    eat!
    win
     
  14. Madengineer

    Madengineer Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,160
    This :D

    I do this all the time :D Although I use plain Tuna in springwater and add my own pepper and Salt...
     
  15. Slipperystuff

    Slipperystuff (Banned or Deleted)

    Joined:
    May 6, 2012
    Messages:
    187
    Didnt some guy only eat mi gorieng for 6 weeks straight end up in hospital with sodium poisoning?
     
  16. stevenx

    stevenx Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2002
    Messages:
    2,267
    Location:
    Fai oh see fo.
  17. munchkin1

    munchkin1 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    4,457
    Yeah, that was my brother lol, I posted about it here a while ago :lol: Lived off just mi goreng and soft drink for a few weeks and got completely owned haha :thumbup:
     
  18. Thudd

    Thudd Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2002
    Messages:
    1,223
    If you get any amount of sun at all, get a couple of packing crates, fill them with soil/potting mix/compost mix, plant lettuce seedlings, water and wait. Once you get a sequence going - pull some out, replace with new ones - you'll never be short of lettuce again, and it'll be cheaper and (obviously) fresher.
     
  19. OP
    OP
    maev

    maev Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2008
    Messages:
    1,424
    Location:
    Mid-North Coast, 2428
    yummo

    wow, some more great cost effective ideas here. I'll have to make a cookbook thing (whatever they're called).

    i probably shouldn't have read all of these until i got on my lunch break and had a full stomach :p
     
  20. Nitephyre

    Nitephyre Member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2007
    Messages:
    1,476
    Location:
    ormeau@gc.qld.au
    So is life.
     

Share This Page

Advertisement: