November 21, 2014
In the lead up to Christmas things get much more expensive than usual! As the dollars fly out the door I am trying to work on reducing costs at home where ever possible. I keep a very well stocked pantry at all times as I tend to buy staples in bulk. The two most obvious ways that I can think of to reduce the amount you spend on food for the weekly budget are:
For many more ideas you can read this post I wrote with 13 tips for creating low cost family meals.
A low cost meal does not need to be bland and boring. Add a burst of flavor via fresh herbs and spices. That brings me straight to Thai food, it has clean fresh flavors and is simple to prepare.
Last week I was pondering our family meals for the week and flicking through some old note books that I use to record recipes that I am working on. I came across my notes from our holiday to Thailand at the end of 2012. The recipe I use for the curry paste is here.
I don’t enjoy eating the same food over and over again. I like to try new things often. Flicking through my notes I realised that I had not made Curry Noodles for some time so here they are. This is an adaption of the recipe that I learned at cooking school. It is mild enough for the children to eat and enjoy. As well as being low cost, it is vegetarian and very quick to make with minimal preparation required. This Curry Noodle Recipe is a great week night option for a quick meal.
Pickled turnips are available from Asian grocery stores
If using a store purchased curry paste read the ingredient label and select one that is made of only herbs and no flavors or additives.
I used purple basil leaves as they are currently the most prolific in my garden, they do also look quite stunning don't you think?
Are you also attempting to reduce some household costs at this time of year? What is your favorite low cost family meal?
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