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Budget Pumpkin soup

So here is our 5th winter family meal on a budget recipe and oh shock horror it is from me!!!!  As most of you know I am no Martha Stewart in the kitchen, well particularly not the insider trading bit!!!  But this post is proof that anyone can cook, and even better they can write a recipe too!!!  This is one of my faves.  Not only is it budget, but it is super-dooper easy! So give it a go! Here it is!

This is my version of Pumpkin soup and it is a huge hit in our household, even with the particularly fussy nearly four year old.  I use it as an opportunity to hide in there all things orange so particularly things like sweet potato and oddly enough pumpkin which she will not touch under normal circumstances!  Yes, strangely enough she will eat pumpkin soup but will not eat pumpkin in any other form…. go figure 🙂  Anyway here is how I do it….

Ingredients:

1.5 kgs of pumpkin (they are super cheap at the moment as they are in season)

1 large sweet potato

3 or 4 carrots

1/2 a medium onion or a whole one if you really like onion

1 litre of vegetable stock (if you want to make the meal cheaper you can use water)

Budget Pumpkin Soup

The ingredients chopped and ready to boil

Method:

Peel and chop all the vegetables and put them into a large pot.

Pour in the vegetable stock but make sure that you don’t cover all the vegetables.  Pour the stock so the level of the liquid is about 3cm shy of where you would cover the vegetables.  This is because the veges let off water so you don’t want to add too much liquid to start as it will be too watery when you have finished cooking it. Yes I did learn this bit the hard way 🙂

Boil for 30 minutes or until mushy (my technical term of course)

Whizz it up.  I use a hand blender

Serve!

Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!

This recipe serves my family of three for two nights.  Sometimes on the second night we add some rice to bulk it out or chicken for a different flavour.  My hubby loves to add meatballs from Ikea, so you can pretty much add what you like.

So there it is, proof positive that anyone, and I mean ANYONE, can cook!!!  I even put the pictures in to prove it!!! 

To see more of our fantastic winter meals on a budget please:

Click here to see our Roasted sausages and vegetables with Bel from Mums Take Five

Click here to see our Veggie Super Food Bowl with  Hope from Nanny Shecando

Click here to see our Chicken Noodle Soup with Jodie from Fresh Home Cook

Click here to see our Chicken Pot Pie with Sheridan from Sheridan Anne

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31/07/2014 11 comments
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Chicken pot pie

 Our fourth winter family meal on a budget is from the fantastic Sheridan  from Sheridan Anne and it is one of my faves!   Over to you Sheridan!

Thanks for having me for Money Mummy’s Winter Family Meals on a Budget series. I love to create hearty, nutritious meals that don’t break the bank, as I’m pretty sure many of us do!

Chicken Pot Pie

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cooking Time: 15-20 mins

Yields: 4 serves

Ingredients:

1 brown onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced or chopped finely

2 tablespoons of cornflour (may need additional to thicken)

1/2 cup shredded cheese

400g of thickened cream

500g of chicken breast, diced

3 shortcut bacon pieces, diced

1 cup mushrooms, diced

1 cup peas and corn

1 carrot, diced

1 sheet of puff pastry

1 egg, beaten

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a casserole dish with spray oil or butter

2. Sauté onion and garlic on the stovetop

3. Coat onion and garlic in cornflour, and add cheese. Gradually add cream. Whisk continually to avoid lumps until thickened

4. Pour sauce into casserole dish

5. Return pan to heat and add oil. Add chicken to brown and fry bacon.

6. Add mushrooms, peas, corn and carrot and gently stir fry for two minutes. Add to the casserole dish and mix thoroughly

7. Top dish with puff pastry, brushed with egg

8. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until pastry is golden brown

Notes:

I buy chicken breast from Aldi, because it is always great quality from my local store and it is only $8.99/kg when you bulk buy (roughly 1.5kg in a bulk package). I also buy the pastry from there, because it has a more attractive price tag and the same great taste.

This is a great pie for left overs – even though I have given you a list of ingredients, you can ultimately add any left overs from the fridge to the sauce base.

It is a great veggie smuggler too!

Serve with a side of steamed veggies or homemade chips if your family are big eaters (on its’ own, my boys chow this down with barely any left for me!)

Thanks Sheridan for a great recipe!!  If you want to see Sheridan’s second budget winter meal click here for chicken and mushroom risotto!  Yum!!  Or to visit her awesome website click here.

To see more of our amazing winter family meals on a budget:

Click here to see our Roasted sausages and vegetables with Bel from Mums Take Five

Click here to see our Veggie Super Food Bowl with  Hope from Nanny Shecando

Click here to see our Chicken Noodle Soup with Jodie from Fresh Home Cook

Click here to see our Pumpkin Soup with me!!!

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30/07/2014 8 comments
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Chicken Noodle Soup on a budget

For our next winter family meal on a budget it is over to my wonderfully talented foodie friend Jodie from the Fresh Home Cook for her amazing version of one of my faves Chicken Noodle Soup….  Take it away Jodie!

Prep Time:30 Min Cook Time:1 Hr 30 Min Total Time:2 Hr

Serves 8

Ingredients

POACHED CHICKEN

  • 1 whole chicken (free range if you can get it)
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, thickly sliced
  • 1 – 2 celery stalks, roughly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 parsley stalks
  • 2 tablespoons of dried thyme
  • 4 cups chicken stock or water

SOUP

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 corn cobs, kernels sliced off
  • 1 carrot, evenly diced
  • 1 stalk celery, evenly diced
  • 2 cups silverbeet, roughly chopped
  • 1 packet vermicelli rice noodles
  • 1 red chilli, seeded & finely chopped to garnish – (optional)

Chicken Noodle Soup Ingredients

Instructions

FIRST – POACHING THE CHICKEN;

In a large, thick bottom pot, add the whole chicken, carrot, celery, bay leaves and parsley stalks.

Cover with chicken stock and bring to the boil over high heat.

Reduce heat to medium-high / medium heat and slow boil the chicken until meat starts to pull away from the bone – about 1 to 1.5 hours.

Remove the chicken from the liquid & set aside to cool.

Using a small holed sieve, or cheesecloth, strain off the chicken water into a large bowl & set aside.

THEN, MAKING THE SOUP;

Once chicken has cooled to a touchable temperature, remove skin & shred the meat. Dispose of skin & bones.

In a large pot, over medium high heat, add oil, then saute garlic until slightly softened.

Reduce heat to medium, add carrot, celery and corn & saute gently until slightly softened.

Add shredded chicken and left over chicken liquid back to the pot & bring back to the boil.

Gently add the noodles, allowing them to soften & mix into the soup – (about 5 minutes maximum).

Serve with freshly chopped chill – (optional)

 

Chicken Noodle Soup on a budget

Notes

  • This soup freezes well for up to about 3 months.
  • You could make this soup with a store bought barbecue chicken if you are short on time, but making it from scratch like this enhances the flavour incredibly & the chicken meat just melts in your mouth.

Thanks Jodie!  Make sure you pop by her site Fresh Home Cook, for more amazing recipe ideas!  Or click here to see her second winter family meal on a budget, a delicious ‘Sneaky Vegetable Pasta Sauce’ – yum!!!!

To see our other amazing winter family meals on a budget:

Click here to see our Roasted sausages and vegetables with Bel from Mums Take Five

Click here to see our Veggie Super Food Bowl with  Hope from Nanny Shecando

Click here to see our Chicken Pot Pie with Sheridan from Sheridan Anne

Click here to see our Pumpkin Soup with me!!!

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29/07/2014 0 comment
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Budget Meals - Veggie Super Food Bowl

Our second winter family meal on a budget is from the lovely  Hope from Nanny Shecando!  Hope is a professional Nanny who looks after four children, so she really knows how to put a family meal together.  Over to you Hope!

Hi, Hope here from Nanny SheCanDo. When Shelley put forth this big week of recipe ideas, I was dead keen but also stuck for inspiration. What should I share? Something I usually cook for my nanny kids? In that case, you could expect plain pasta and cheese. I don’t know about you, but that’s just a bit boring! Something from the parents’ dinners, and it’d be “throw anything you can find onto a pizza base and call it dinner.” And if the boyfriend had a say, it’d be a mushroom risotto in the thermomix. But the lovely Sheridan Anne has already taken care of an Italian risotto this week.

So instead I’ve whipped up my quick and easy Veggie Super Food Bowl. This is one of my mid-week “throw together” meals. They’re meals I turn to when I’m not in the mood to spend any longer than absolutely necessary in the kitchen. Considering that I often find myself making three different meals of an evening at work before coming home to see to my own dinner, an easy and nutritious meal is usually the best I can do. The Jamie Oliver banquets wait until the weekend!

Plus, given that I often find myself snacking on peanut butter sandwich crusts at work instead of stopping to make a decent lunch, the Veggie Super Food Bowl is a great way to maximise the nutrient goodness at dinnertime. I most often use Freekah or Quinoa, however brown rice, normal white rice and couscous also work well.

Note: I do add grilled chicken to the Veggie Super Food Bowl if I’m cooking for the kids at work (not that they do more than screw their noses up at it) and when at home with the boyfriend.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Budget Meals - Veggie Super Food Bowl

Budget Meals – Veggie Super Food Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 500g chicken breast
  • 2 cups Freekah, pre-rinsed
  • 900ml water
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Italian herbs
  • 400g of veggies of your choice, cut into small bite sized pieces

^I use beans, cherry tomatoes, snow peas, zucchini and eggplant

  • 1 bunch of kale, leaves shredded off the stem

^you could also use baby spinach, silverbeet, rocket, or English spinach

  • 1 can of chick peas (you could also use lentils, butter beans or black beans)
  • 2 tblsp of a flavoured dip or pesto of your choice (e.g. sun-dried tomato, basil pesto, roast capsicum etc.)
  • 2 tblsp soft goats cheese (you could also use ricotta cheese or feta cheese)

Method:

  1. Cut and prepare your chosen veggies and set aside ready to go.
  2. Cook your freekah (or grain of your choice). I normally make mine in the thermomix by placing the freekah in the basket with 900ml of water and cook on varoma, speed 4 for 25 minutes. However a regular pot on the stove works just as well!
  3. Whilst the freekah is cooking, heat a large heavy bottomed fry pan with a drizzle of oil and cook your chicken. Given that the chicken will be sliced into thin strips to go into the veggie bowl, I usually slice the chicken breast in half lengthways to ensure it cooks both evenly and quickly. Season with Italian herbs and salt and pepper if desired.
  4. Once the chicken is lightly browned on both sides, toss in the beans and any other “heavier” vegetables that will take longer to cook and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add your lighter vegetables such as snow peas, zucchini and cherry tomatoes and toss quickly on high heat.
  6. Using tongs, remove the sliced chicken breasts from the pan and leave to rest of a separate chopping board for a few minutes. Then slice into thin strips and set aside in a large bowl. Add the dip and goats cheese to the chicken and stir to coat through.
  7. Brings the remaining veggies in the pan down to a low heat and toss through the kale and chickpeas to combine. Cook until the kale just starts to wilt down and then add the veggies to the chicken mix.
  8. By this time your freekah should be cooked through. Drain and mix into the bowl with the chicken and veggies.
  9. Taste and season accordingly and serve with fresh crusty bread for an added hearty winter warmer.

 

Veggie Super Food Bowl

Ready to eat!

 

This Veggie Super Food Bowl is a great mid-week meal that’s quick and healthy and won’t break the bank. Alternate the ingredients to suit whatever you’ve got leftover in the fridge and enjoy this “winter warming recipe that will keep both your belly and your budget smiling!”

To check out Hope’s amazing website click here or her second budget recipe Italian Chicken here.

To see our other amazing winter family meals on a budget:

Click here to see our Roasted sausages and vegetables with Bel from Mums Take Five

Click here to see our Chicken Noodle Soup with Jodie from Fresh Home Cook

Click here to see our Chicken Pot Pie with Sheridan from Sheridan Anne

Click here to see our Pumpkin Soup with me!!!

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28/07/2014 13 comments
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Roasted Sausages and Vegetables

 Our first winter family meal on a budget is from the brilliant Bel from Mums Take Five and it is a great one!  I can’t wait to try it!  Over to you Bel!

A cheap and cheerful meal only works for me if it is cheap, cheerful, uses whatever we already have and takes no time to prepare. This dish does exactly that. Perfect for a mid week meal when my time is better spent on homework  or fun with my children.

There really isn’t a recipe as such just a preparation guide the rest is up to you.

You’ll need

  • A large oven roasting tray
  • Sausages. I’ve used a variety of types of sausages, I have even mixed it up and tried a couple a types at once.
  • Vegetables. Any vegetables you have that can be roasted. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, beetroot, cauliflower, zucchini, capsicums.  Anything you like.  This is a great way to get rid everything you have sitting around.
  • Seasoning and Oil. I tend to use Rosemary as it grows in my garden, crushed garlic and some oil drizzled on top.  You can use whatever seasoning you prefer. You can use just salt and pepper if you wish but you will need a little oil so the Vegetables don’t dry out.  Depending on your sausages most of them ooze oils whilst they cook.
Sausages and Vegetables

Delicious and easy!

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  2. Really simply, just chop up all your vegetables to similar sized pieces then toss in a little oil and your seasoning.
  3. Tip out into your roasting pan and then add in your sausages. I like to lay mine on top and then toss them through with the vegetables halfway through the cooking.
  4. Cook for approximately one hour. Until everything is cooked through.
  5. Then it is just a matter of plating it up.  Too easy.
Vegetables and Sausages

All ready to feed a hungry family!

Thank you Shelley for having us over on Money Mummy, Lovely to visit you again xx Bel

To check out Bel’s second winter family meal on a budget, Beef Stroganoff please click here or visit her amazing website here.

To see our other amazing winter family meals on a budget:

Click here to see our Veggie Super Food Bowl with  Hope from Nanny Shecando

Click here to see our Chicken Noodle Soup with Jodie from Fresh Home Cook

Click here to see our Chicken Pot Pie with Sheridan from Sheridan Anne

Click here to see our Pumpkin Soup with me!!!

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27/07/2014 10 comments
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Winter Family Meals on budget

As most people know, I am no Martha Stewart, not in the kitchen and particularly not the insider trading bit!!!  So this week on Money Mummy, I have decided to do something a little different and have challenged four of my most favourite bloggers to join me and come up with two winter recipes each that will fill your family’s belly but won’t break the bank.

So ‘Ta Da’ welcome to “Winter warming recipes that will keep both your belly and budget smiling”

So let me introduce the fab five:

  • The wonderful and very talented Bel from Mums Take Five
  • Our resident Nanny expert – the amazing Hope from Nanny Shecando
  • The scrapbooker extraordinaire – the lovely Sheridan from Sheridan Anne
  • The foodie genius – Jodie from the Fresh Home Cook
  • Me, Shelley from Money Mummy and the one recipe I know how to make 🙂  Out to prove that anyone, yes ANYONE, can cook!

Rest assured, that not only will your bank account love these winter recipes, your kids are certain to love them too!  Between the 5 of us we have 13 children, so these are all recipes have been well and truly tried and tested on the kids and are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!!!

Ok so here are our amazing winter family meals on a budget so far:

Click here to see our Roasted sausages and vegetables with Bel from Mums Take Five

Click here to see our Veggie Super Food Bowl with  Hope from Nanny Shecando

Click here to see our Chicken Noodle Soup with Jodie from Fresh Home Cook

Click here to see our Chicken Pot Pie with Sheridan from Sheridan Anne

Click here to see our Pumpkin Soup with me!!!

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27/07/2014 31 comments
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