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Week 7
Budget Recipes

I bought enough food to make 5 main meals this week and kept the budget under $100.

Here's the list of ingredients:

  • Turkey Mince 500g

  • Chicken Maryland 1kg (5 x pieces)

  • Frozen Chicken Pieces 1kg

  • Beef Meatballs (20 pack)

  • White Rice Long Grain 1kg

  • Frozen Veggies 1kg x 2

  • Indian Korma Paste 150g

  • Shaved Parmesan 125g

  • Vegeta Chicken Stock Cubes 60g

  • Vegeta Beef Stock Cubes 60g

  • Tasty Cheese Block 1kg

  • Shortcut Bacon 200g

  • Thickened Cream 300ml

  • Worcestershire Sauce 250ml

  • Rosemary dried 18g

  • Mixed Herbs dried 15g

  • Penne Pasta 500g

  • Baby Rocket Salad Bag 60g

  • Tomato Paste 500g

  • Brown Sugar 500g

  • Coconut Milk 400ml

  • Diced Tomatoes Can 400g

  • Passata Tomato Puree 680g

  • Condensed Tomato Soup 500g

  • Basil Pesto Jar 190g

  • Minced Garlic 250g

  • Carrots 1kg

  • Cabbage Green 1/4

  • 2kg Brushed Potatoes

  • Brown Onions 1kg Bag

Canned Tuna Fish Pie 


  • Canned Tuna in Springwater 450g

  • Potatoes 1kg

  • 1 x Leek diced

  • 1 x tbspn Minced Garlic

  • 1 x tspn lemon juice

  • 1 x Carrot Diced

  • 1 x tbspn Dill

  • 1 x tbspn parsley

  • 1 x 330ml Thickened Cream

  • 1x cup shredded cheese

  • 1 x 60g  bag Baby Spinach

  • 1-2 x cup frozen veggies

  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  •  Items from home: oil, salt & pepper


- Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees 

- Peel and dice potatoes, bring to the boil and cook until tender

- Cut white part of leek and cut in half, dice and wash sand and dirt

- In a pan, cook leek and garlic in 1-2 tbspn oil

- Peel and dice carrots and add to pan

- Add thickened cream and salt and pepper and dill

- Allow to simmer for a few minutes

- Add in baby spinach and allow to wilt, add in frozen veggies

- Drain potatoes and make up mash, set aside

- Take pan off the heat, drain tuna and add to mix

- Taste test and adjust as needed, add in lemon juice and mix

- Place mix into an oven proof dish

- Top with mashed potato and cheese

- Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes



Slow Cooker Chicken Korma


  • Chicken Cut of choice (I'm using chicken maryland)

  • 1 x brown onion diced

  • 2 x tbspn Minced Garlic

  • 1 x tbspn Tomato Paste

  • Korma Paste

  • 1 cup Chicken Stock

  • 1 x 400ml Can Coconut Milk

  • 2 x Chicken Stock Cubs Crushed

  • 4 x tbspn oil

  • Pinch of salt & pepper

  • Items from home: Oil, Salt & pepper



 - Make marinate of oil, crushed stock cubs, salt & pepper
- Using paper towel, dry off chicken

- Using a pastry brush, brush on mixture to chicken

- Brown on both sides in a hot pan for 4-5 minutes

- Remove chicken, add in onion & garlic and cook for 3-4 mins in oil

- Turn slow cooker to low, add 1 cup chicken stock and korma paste 

- Combine together to mix in paste

- Add in onion and garlic mix and combine

- Add in chicken to slow cooker and place to have as covered with liquid as possible

- Allow to cook on low for 6-8 hours

- Take out chicken and remove meat from bones

- Stir in coconut milk and combine

- Taste test and add salt & pepper as needed

- Add in chicken and combine. Turn off heat and leave lid on

- Wash rice and cook as per desired method

- Serve chicken korma on bed of rice


Veggie Rice Pilaf


  • 2 x cups rice (I'm using white long grain rice)

  • 1 x diced brown onion

  • 1 x tbspn Minced Garlic

  • 200g Diced Bacon

  • 1 x tspn Mixed Herbs

  • 4 x cups Chicken Stock

  • 2 x cups frozen veggies

  • 1-2 tbspn oil of choice (I used EVOO)

  • Salt & Pepper

  • Items from home: any other herbs or seasonings you'd like to add



- In a saucepan or high side pan, heat oil in pan and cook onion

- Add bacon and cook until cgarlic and continue cooking

- Add rice and allow to toast for a minute

- Stir in chicken stock and bring to the boil

- Add in mixed herbs and salt & pepper

- Reduce heat to a simmer with lid on for 10 minutes

- Lid off, add frozen veggies, lid back on for a further 10 minutes

- Lid off and fluff with a fork and taste test

- Serve as a side dish or as main meal


Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Stew


  • 500g Turkey Mince 

  • 1 x brown onion diced

  • 4 x tbspn Minced Garlic

  • 1 x tspn Rosemary

  • 1 x tspn Mixed Herbs

  • 2 x tbspn Tomato Paste

  • 1 x tbspn Worchestershire Sauce

  • 2 x cups Beef Stock

  • 1 x can Condensed Tomato Soup

  • 1 x can Diced Tomatoes

  • 3 x tbspn Brown Sugar

  • 1/2 cup White Long Grain Rice

  • 2 x Carrots diced

  • 1/4 Cabbage diced

  • Pinch of salt & pepper

  • Items from home: Oil, Salt & Pepper


- Dice up onion and add with oil to a pan on medium heat

- Add garlic and continue to cook

- Add in mince and break up and brown

- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and combine

- Cook on low for 8 hours

- Serve in a bowl with a side of crusty bread as an option


Chicken, Pesto Potato Bake & Rocket


  • Chicken/Chicken Tenders

  • 1kg Potatoes sliced/diced

  • 300ml Thickened Cream

  • 2 x tbspn Pesto

  • 1 x tspn Minced Garlic

  • 1 x Chicken Stock Cube crushed

  • 1 x tspn Mixed Herbs

  • 2 x cups Shredded Cheese

  • 2 x tbspn Parmesan Cheese

  • Rocket


- Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celcius

- Peel, dice or slice potatoes for your potato bake

- In a jug or bowl, combine thickened cream, pesto, crushed stock cube, parmesan cheese, pinch of pepper & mixed herbs

- Combine all ingredients to make sauce for potato bake

- Add potatoes to an oven proof dish

- Pour on sauce mix and combine

- Place in oven and cook for 35 -40 minutes

- Cook chicken as per packet instructions

- Place shredded cheese on potato bake and back in the oven for another 20-25 minutes

- Serve with chicken and side of salad (rocket) 

Citrus Fruits

Keep an eye out for next week's!

You can find the videos to these recipes on my Instagram and TikTok, links above

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