Monday, September 21, 2015

Food and the evil 'B' word

Dinner Version -

Ah, that age old quandary of budgeting. For those of us who either have to or want to, budgeting for food and meals can be anything from fun to soul crushing despair.

In the Jolly Dragon household, we range from both sides regularly. Since Hatchling Lass arrived, our food has taken a drastic turn.

Hatchling Lass is currently gluten free, egg free, nut free and dairy free. She is also under the local paediatric team for low growth as well, so she has a special diet we must follow for her.
For myself, I am gluten free (gluten intolerant) and dairy free and the three other dragonetts are gluten free (gluten sensitive).
Lucky DragonPapa, he's free and clear of all of it -lol-

So meals here are, let's say and budgeting this family's food needs is really exxy.

With all the above to keep in mind, making healthy, filling meals that don't break the bank is really important.

We are in a facebook group that share dinner meal ideas, so I thought that I would share here as well - why not, hey? Heehee

Now, we shop at costco probably once every 6-8 weeks as its
a) on the other side of town and about an hours drive away
b) there's not a lot we can buy other than the basics so we don't need to go much more.

On our trip today, we bought a rotisserie chook ($6.99), along with several bags of veggies - snow peas, bean sprouts, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, bok choi, etc. as well as our usual mince.

On the way home, one of my facebook groups notified me that the local woolies had pork roast 50% off - we very rarely buy supermarket pork due to the ethical nature of it all, but sometimes feeding your family takes precedence.

From our rotisserie chook and veggies, we got our lunch today while out and about - chicken with snow peas, bean sprouts and lettuce mix.

Then for dinner, using one breast and the scraps left on the carcass we made a chicken korma on rice, sooo yummy! -chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, rice with a $2 korma jar and for Hatchling Lass, all the same but added coconut cream and no korma mix. Along with the two lunches we put aside for the Hatchlings for tomorrow, we even got a single serve meal left over to throw in the freezer!

Chicken Korma and Rice

Lunch tomorrow will be chicken sushi with the last breast for DragonPapa and I, the Dragonetts for school and leftover korma for the Hatchlings.

And not to leave the very good carcass to waste, tomorrow we will make a chicken soup with it and include celery, peas and corn, onion, garlic, carrot and freeze it for later. Once defrosted and heated up ready to eat, we will add broccoli and mushrooms just before serving. It's an absolute favourite in this house!

So from one $7 chook, we got four filling, healthy meals packed full of protein and veggies.

Tomorrow, we are also really looking forward to our first roast pork in years. We picked up a 2.4kg pork roast for $8! So we are looking at about 5-6 meals from that.

Roast Pork and veggies

With the leftovers -
Pork Kebabs
Cold slices for sandwiches
Sweet and Sour Pork
Pork Curry

So budgeting meals doesn't just have to be beans and toast or rice and lentils. It just takes a bit of know-how and learning where to spend your money to get the best results. And always keep looking. You always seem to find a better deal when you least expect it, well, that's our experience -ha!-

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