By ELLY JEAN-LOUIS
Ok everyone, let’s face it…feeding a family is expensive. We all love to eat but sometimes things can get a little out of hand when it comes to what goes into the shopping trolley and the cost of the bill once you reach the cash register.
There’s no need to shy away, we’re all guilty (unless you’re a super mum and have your budget down pat).
For this reason I have created three simple meals that cost $30 or less and are packed with nutritional value for your family. If none of the below tickle your fancy, some of my past meals have all cost around $30 (10 minute fried rice, chilli prawn linguine, cheats pizza, salad jar, steak sandwhich and raw zucchini pasta).
A personal favourite of mine.
I created this recipe a few years ago – I threw together some pantry items and voila. It’s the easiest meal ever, it’s packed with goodies and my family and I have been hooked ever since.
1 large pack of baby spinach, roughly chopped
1 red onion, diced
1 garlic clove, sliced
200g low fat ricotta
70g walnuts, chopped
1 punnet swiss brown mushrooms, sliced
Fresh egg pasta lasagne sheets
½ jar of your favourite pasta sauce
A handful of mozzarella to top
Salt and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 180°.
2. Add all of your lasagne ingredients into a large bowl (chopped spinach, onion, garlic, ricotta, walnuts, mushrooms and salt and pepper). Mix till the ricotta is fully incorporated throughout the mix.
3. Add half of the spinach filling to a large ovenproof dish then top with an even layer of pasta. Repeat by adding another spinach and pasta sheet. Spread your desired pasta sauce over the pasta, sprinkle with cheese and bake on 180° for 30 minutes or until golden.