Eating well on a budget
How to stretch a chicken
It’s a bit of a push but we have managed to make one whole chicken go five ways. First cut your chicken into pieces using Celia Hay’s step-by-step guide. Use the carcass to make this easy chicken stock. Any meat that may still be on the bone once the stock is made could be shredded for sandwiches. The breasts can go a long way stuffed with a cream cheese, spinach, parmesan and wasabi mix and served with peanut slaw. Legs and wings can be given the Fijian curry treatment – halving the recipe to just serve two. The chicken stock can be transformed in to myriad soups such as a hearty bowl of ramen.
Impress for less
Here are a set of family meals that are good enough for company that you can get on the table for approximately $20. All supplied by you, our talented readers. (Pictured: braised beef cheek, wild mushrooms and caramelised onion)
Transform those leftover sausages from the weekend’s barbecue in to a midweek salad.
Food for flatties
Pack students or those off flatting with Geoff Scott’s recipes for courgette and sausage pie (photographed on top of the page), super easy vegetarian curry and self-saucing chocolate microwave pudding (both photographed below).
Back to basics
- Everyone needs a basic tomato sauce recipe for pasta and pizza. Ray McVinnie shows how easy it is in his how-to video.
- Mussel fritters are also an economical way to serve seafood.
- Make your favourite basic cake and pour it over seasonal fruit for a baked pudding.
- Make a little fish go a long way in a simple crumbed fish pie (pictured below).