Finding ways to create meals that are full of flavour, nutritious value and budget-friendly too can sometimes feel near impossible. Fortunately, though, all it takes is a little planning and getting creative in the kitchen to create budget meals that are bursting with flavour.Looking for mouth-watering meal ideas that will fill you up without draining your pocket? Then read on because What’s For Dinner has some wonderful tips for low-cost meals for less than R100 that you’ll love.
Tips For Flavourful and Healthy Low-Cost Meals
Eating on a budget isn’t always easy, especially when you’re trying to create meals that are healthy too.
Here are 3 tips to help you make budget meals that are anything but bland.
1. Shop according to the season - Try as much as possible to shop for and plan your meals according to the season as many foods are cheaper when they are in the season vs when they are not.
2. Stock up on inexpensive food staples - These could include sugar beans, samp, rice, and canned tomatoes. You can stock up on these versatile items as they last a long time and can be used in a variety of ways for several recipes.
3. Spice is king - Quality seasoning and spices can go a long way in transforming low-cost meals from okay to amazing. Spices and seasonings are a great way to pack delicious flavour into your food and enhance the natural yumminess of every ingredient.
Cooking Meals for less than R100
After incorporating our tips for low-cost meals, the next thing you need is flavourful, budget-friendly recipes to try out. So here are four flavour-filled recipes you can try that will deliver deliciousness without breaking the bank.
Chicken Gizzard Stew with Steamed Gem Squash - Hearty chicken gizzards and tender, steamed gem squash are the two simple ingredients that make this a mouth-watering meal. Chicken gizzards are affordable and easy to transform into the most delightful stew. Give this recipe a try for a healthy and hearty meal that will satisfy you.
Thai Fried Rice - Made up of leftover rice, vegetables, eggs and any protein, fried rice is a super budget-friendly meal that can pack sensational flavour. This recipe uses prawns but you can throw in any leftover protein you have and enjoy the tantalising flavours of Thailand.
Easy Butternut Soup - Soup makes for such a satisfying meal, and this butternut soup is no different, bursting with delicious flavours. This recipe is super simple to make, serves six people and is the perfect way to use any butternut you have lying around your pantry. Tuck into this delightful recipe and feed your family with some mouth-watering, meat-free goodness.
Spicy Soya Mince with Samp Beans - Samp and beans with spicy mince is a staple South African meal that everyone loves to tuck into. This protein-packed dish is full of rich spicy flavour and nutritional value thanks to the flavourful soya mince and creamy samp and beans. Sound good? Give it a try today!
With these budget-friendly meal ideas and tips, you no longer have to wait for payday to have meals that are packed with great flavour and are good for you too. Get inspired and find low-cost meal recipes you’ll love by visiting What’s For Dinner today.