Mexican Beef & Bean Casserole
What you'll need:
A large casserole dish with a lid
500g beef mince
1-2 tins of red kidney beans (drained)
1 cup uncooked rice (medium grain rice works well in this recipe)
1 x 800g tin (or 2 x 400g tins) diced tomatoes
2 tbspns tomato paste
1 bunch fresh coriander - roughly chopped
sour cream to serve
How to do it:
Preheat oven to 160 deg.
Brown the mince in a large pan, or in the casserole dish if yours can be used on the stove top.
Meanwhile, cook the rice using the absorption method. Place 1 cup of rice & 1 1/2 cups of water in a saucepan & bring to the boil. Boil for approx 1 minute, then turn off the hotplate, leaving the saucepan on it. Cover & leave for approx 10 mins, or until all liquid is absorbed. (Note: Medium grain rice cooked using this method & this amount of water will still be a little firm, but this is what you want, as the rice will absorb more liquid during the final stage of cooking.)
Once the mince is browned, add the tomatoes & tomato paste. Cook for another minute or two before adding the red kidney beans. Cook for another minute (constantly stirring) then add the rice. Stir in the chopped coriander.
Once this is all nicely combined, spoon it into your casserole dish & top with grated cheese. Cover & place in the oven for approx 20 mins, or until the cheese is golden brown.
Serve in bowls topped with sour cream
Serves 6-8 (great for big serves or left overs)
Costs approx $1.50 per serve (depending on the grade of mince used. Budget mince is fine for this recipe as the fat gives it a nice rich flavour, although if you are wanting a very healthy dish, premium mince is good too)
Mac & Cheesy beans
Cook up some macaroni,
throw in a can or 2 of baked beans (depending on how much mac)
throw in and mix a cup and a half of grated cheese per can of baked beans...
serves as little or as many as you like, reallllly easy, realllly fast, realllly cheap and reallly yummy!
cos is prob about $5 for a full meal (using a whole bag mac, 2 cans baked beans and 3 cups cheese) and that would serve heappppps of people
1 packet of pasta
1 onion chopped
1 handful of diced bacon
Cook pasta as normal and drain.
Chicken, noodle & vegetable stir fry
400g diced chicken thigh fillets
4tblspns crunchy peanut butter
2tblspns soy sauce
2tblspns oyster sauce
1/3 cup water
2-3 cups of diced brocolli, cauliflower, red capsicum (and any other vegies you like)
Cook 2 packets of chicken noodles, as per directions. Set aside.
Brown the chicken. Mix the peanut butter, soy sauce, oyster sauce & water together. Add the vegies and the sauces and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the noodles, stir fry for further 3-4 mins. Voila! Pretty simple, and really yummy
Pork & Pineapple Stir-fry
What you'll need:
300-500g diced lean pork
1 tin of diced pineapple in juice, drained - juice reserved
1 cup cornflour
1 tbspn chinese five spice
1 bunch baby bok choy
1 cup oil (such as vegetable, canola or peanut oil)
How to do it:
Mix the chinese five spice & cornflour in a bowl or a plastic bag. Lightly coat the pork by tossing it in the bowl or shaking it in the bag.
Heat the oil in a wok until very hot. Brown the pork & drain on
paper towels. Drain the remaining oil.
Return the pork to the wok and add the drained pineapple, stirring so that it does not stick too much. If using chilli (dried or fresh), add it now.
Add the baby bok choy leaves & pour the pineapple juice & soy sauce over the top. Give it all a good stir, then place a lid on the wok for a few minutes until the bok choy has softened.
Serve over steamed jasmine rice.
How good is its value for money?
Costs approx $2-3 per serve
Costs about $10.00 to make, and serves 4
Dice potatos and put in microwave for about 2-3mins to soften.
Fry onion, bacon and potatoes in a frying pan until starting to brown. Then throw in pasta and continue to fry for about 5 mins.
This sounds so boring but it is so tasty and my kids eat it everytime I serve it. For something different I soemtimes substitute cabbage for potatoes.
This meal would only cost $5 at the most and is very filling as it is full of carbs.
Chop casserole thingo
1-1.5kgs of bbq chops.....the big, less expensive ones
1 onion sliced into half rings
2 tins of whole tomatoes
1 tin cream of mushroom soup (any soup would do)
Lay chops in a casserole dish and season with salt and pepper. Top with onion, tomatoes and soup. Sprinle with a generous amount of cheese and bake in a slow oven 150-160 for at least 2 hours.....the meat should fall off the bone.
Serve with either rice or mashed potato and a vegetable of the green variety.
Ckicken, vegetabel, pasta caserole.
1 chicken breast (bought with skin on for 5.99/kg - meant the breast vost $1)
1 carrot (next time I am going to grate) but chopped is fine
1/2 Sweet potato chopped
1 onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic
1 fresh sweet corn (kernels cut off the cob)
1 tbl spoon of Fiji Curry powder (mild) or masalah curry powder mild
1 - 2 cups of pasta depending how many you are feeding
water to cover
The whole thing costs about $3.00 if you can the vegies cheap