Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Frugal Foods tips and Menu May 26

Check out the green grocers that are located outside of major shopping centres; find those little suburban strip shopping centres as these shops usually have a lower shop rental to meet, their produce is cheaper, it's not usually kept in cold storage for very long, they (mostly) get their produce locally and they put out many bargains daily.
There might be a few marks on the apple skin or the tomato might be getting a little soft but this is easily removed and, if you're like me, you're left with a tray of 6 pears for 50 cents, a bag of Rocket for $1, a bunch of celery for 50 cents, etc.
Plenty of cheap, healthy food to be had at prices to make your budget stretch that little bit further.

Cheap, tasty and healthy Stir Fry.
  • Cook noodles/rice of choice in saucepan of boiling water, set aside.
  • In frying pan on high heat toss in -
  • 1 finely chopped onion, red and green capsicum, spring onions, beans and/or snow peas, champignons, baby corn spears, finely chopped cabbage, broccoli, seaweed and whatever else takes your fancy.
  • Throw in some ginger (fresh, powered, mummified, however you like it) and garlic and other herbs of choice.
  • Turn the flame down, add 1 cup of water, whack a lid on and pop in a finely chopped cheap rump/blade steak or several small fillets of fresh fish (omit for vegetarians of course).
  • Drain noodles/rice, chuck a tablespoon of sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce and some green Tabasco sauce in with the vegies, add the noodles/rice.
  • Serve in bowls with chop sticks even if they haven't mastered them.

Cheap, tasty and healthy Cherry Sweetie Cakes.
  • Light your oven.
  • Grab 4 small (ovenproof) bowls and grease them with a tiny amount of butter, open a 425 gm tin of mixed cherries/berries and spoon them out into the bowls.
  • In a mixing bowl toss in 1 cup of S/R flour, 1 cup of milk, 1/2 -1/4 cup of caster sugar (to taste), 1 egg, 60 gms of butter or fat-free margarine, 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Essence then beat like buggery till the batter is smooth.
  • Pour over the cherries/berries and pop the bowls into a moderate oven for 25-30 mins or till golden on top, sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with a smile.


  1. hey-a, i can TRY bring those recipes over on Saturday and you can have a look at them... prob is that My mister may kick my butt for removing them... o.O

  2. Will you stop going on about bloody food? You're making me hungry all the time! I've put on six pounds in the last three days alone.

  3. Tis ok, I can scan them and you can take them back home with you, SK ;)

    Excellent to hear, Brian!
    Our plan is working!

  4. 6 pears for 50 cents? I want to shop where you shop.

  5. Large independent greengrocer, River, near a few others so the competition is high.