I’m a firm believer in buying frozen vegetables if you have small children. Yes, fresh is lovely and all, but if you are a busy Mum and a slightly forgetful one (like me) – the bottom drawer of the fridge is where vegetables go to die! And that is wasting money! Aldi has a good range of cheap frozen vegetables, and the generic brands from the supermarkets vary in taste – try a few to see which ones suit your family. Just remember to seal the bag well after use so that the remaining frozen vegetables don’t get freezer burn, which tastes nasty (but won’t hurt you!).
Recipe ideas using frozen vegetables:
If you have canned tomatoes in your pantry, you always have a meal (OMG can’t believe I’m quoting my Mother here!). Whether you are making a bolognaise sauce, a casserole or a stew, canned tomatoes add great taste and bulk to everything you make! In fact, if you have the above three ingredients, you can make a very tasty meal that won’t cost a bomb! I’ve seen tinned tomatoes for as cheap as 70c – so when you do see tins for this price – grab as many as you can!
Easy recipes that use canned tomatoes include:
Before you say ‘gross’ and ‘my kids won’t eat them’ – I have snuck them into sauces and never had a complaint – and I truly believe I have the fussiest eaters on the planet. Lentils make a great substitute for mince in a lot of meals, and give a real nutty flavour to foods. Buy generic brands to save even more money or pick them up cheap at Aldi or Costco. An even cheaper version is to buy them in their dried form, but you need to soak them overnight before using them.
Easy recipes using lentils include:
Rolled oats have become a lot more expensive in the last few years, but they are still a great filling food for breakfast. Not only that, you can use rolled oats in your rissoles or casseroles to ‘bulk it up’. If you make some breakfast smoothies, adding a few teaspoons of rolled oats to the mixture give it some substance – and they are terrific for reducing your cholesterol if you are over forty. A good breakfast of porridge in the morning is guaranteed to get little legs moving until morning tea!