It's Saturday night, your pantry is looking bare and your funds are low. Many people at one time or another have felt the pressure that comes from living on a tight budget. I've often heard the saying live within your means and while I know it may be sound advice, it doesn't change the fact that beans on toast for dinner five times a week is seriously lacking in nutritional value not to mention the effect it starts to have on your taste buds. I love beans on toast but like anyone on a budget I don't want to be eating them five times a week.
The health and wellbeing of yourself and your family is paramount and when finances are strained items like the latest fashion accessories, car or mobile phone no longer seem so important. The same can't be said for food. Food has a direct impact in maintaining a healthy mind and body. If your dietary requirements aren't in order your work, play and sleep will suffer. With the ever increasing rise of daily living expenses, it's handy to know you can still make delicious, satisfying meals that won't cost you a fortune.
Student Recipes was established in 2004 by a university student by the name of James Bailey. James saw the need for recipes that were both affordable and simple to make while fitting in with the demanding schedule of a student. Search through hundreds of budget recipe listings for meat and vegetarian dishes, desserts, salads and soup, party and snack food, quick and easy meals, recipes to impress and the popular category, recipes for one.
There are a couple of standout features of this website. The first is that recipes are submitted by the public particularly for students on a budget. The second stand-out feature is the 'What's in Your Cupboard' search tool. Simply type in a list of the current food items in your fridge or pantry and the website will display a number of recipes that can be made using these ingredients.
Head to the page Budget Recipes and Cheap Cooking Ideas of the website Aussie Cooking to find several low-cost recipes for nutritional dinners and desserts. These recipes are perfect for the whole family and you'll also find a number of helpful tips for eating on a budget.
Anne Coleman's 'Easy Chicken Lo Mein' (from the $1.50 dinner recipes)
Trying to please your kids at dinnertime can be frustrating and feeding them on a budget may seem like an impossible task. Anne Coleman, mother of 7, has a wealth of knowledge and experience cooking easy, low-cost meals that your kids will love. On Disney Family, Anne shares her own budget recipes that are nutritious and delicious, suitable for the whole family. There are a range of recipe ideas including $1.50 dinners.
These are my favourite sites for cheap recipes. What's yours?