Week 2 – $70 this time

WEEK 2 MENU

**$70 – not quite as cheap as my last one but still good. Like my last one it’s just the dinners and all with vegetables. All costed from Coles online website

This feeds our family of 5 (me, 23yr son, 16yr son, 8yr girl, 7yr boy)

*we don’t manage on a loaf of bread and a litre of milk, I’ve included these because they’re used in my recipes

*if my family are extra hungry I put a plate of bread and butter on the table too

Spaghetti and Meatballs
Sausage hotpot
Rissoles and vegetables
Roast chicken and vegetables
Shepherds pie
Sausages with onion gravy and vegetables
Macaroni beef

spaghetti 0.65
macaroni 1.00
coles instant traditional gravy, 120g tin 1.80
Massels beef stock cubes 1.09
coles tin tomato soup 0.80
2 x Coles baked beans 1.30
700g jar Capriccio passata 1.50
coles tin diced tomatoes 0.60
coles long life milk 1 litre 0.90

2 x Natures nutrients frozen spinach 250g 1.98
Coles frozen corn cobs 1kg 2.50
Coles frozen peas carrots and corn 1kg 3.00
Coles Australian frozen peas 1kg 2.90
coles 250g butter pat 1.60

2 x 1kg beef 3 star mince (split into 4 x 500g) 14.00
Coles tray BBQ sausages 1.8kg (divided into 14 & 8) 8.00
Coles large (1.8kg) whole chicken 7.20
250g streaky bacon (deli) 2.88 (any bacon is fine)

2 x 2kg bags Royal Blue washed potatoes 9.00
1kg bag onions 1.50
2 x 1kg bags carrots 4.00
1 zucchini 0.95

1 x loaf Coles white bread

total $70.00

the only things not included are salt, pepper, oil (you could use some of the butter) and any herbs you’d like to use (I have a spice rack that includes garlic powder for the spaghetti sauce)

SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS
500g beef mince
3 slices bread, made into crumbs and then made soggy with a splash or 2 of milk
2 carrots, grated
1 zucchini, grated
Mix all together and make into balls. Bake 15 – 20 minutes 180 deg

Sauce: 1 onion diced
jar of passata
tin of tomatoes
1 stock cube
herbs and garlic if you have them

Fry onion and any herbs/garlic (if you have them) until onion is soft. Add passata, tin tomatoes, stock cube and spinach. Simmer gently for 5 – 10 minutes.

Serve meatballs on cooked spaghetti and cover with sauce

SAUSAGE HOTPOT
8 Sausages (fry them or boil them for 5 minutes – the skins come off when bolied)
2 tins baked beans
1/2 packet of peas carrots and corn
3 tablespoons gravy powder
1 onion, diced
bread and butter

Fry the onion. Add the vegetables, cut up sausages, baked beans (I drain one tin cos it’s too much sauce, so only use the sauce from 1 tin) and about 200ml water. Bring up to simmering and thicken with the gravy powder – stirring briskly

**We have this with hot buttered toast (a good way to use up the end pieces)

RISSOLES AND VEGETABLES
500g beef mince
half a packet of spinach
2 carrots, grated
1 or 2 finely diced or grated onions
3 slices of bread (made into crumbs and then made a bit soggy with a splash or 2 of milk)
salt and pepper and any herbs that you may have

served with 1kg potatoes mashed with butter and milk
1/3 bag of peas
5 carrots

**these rissoles work without eggs if you bake them in the oven on a tray. I still have eggs left from last week so will probably add an egg

ROAST CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES
large coles fresh chicken
1 kg potatoes – cut for roasting
5 carrots
1/3 of the bag of peas
1/2 the bag of corn cobs with butter
4 level tablespoons gravy powder (1/4 tin) made up with 300ml boiling water (I would then tip it into the pan the chook was roasted in to get the pan juices in the gravy)

Roast your chook in a 180 deg oven for about 1 1/2 hours. After 45 minutes turn the chook and add potatoes to the pan. I also roast the carrots but you could just steam them. Serve with the peas and corn cobs

**We eat the whole chicken between the 5 of us – no leftovers

SHEPHERDS PIE
500g beef mince
1 onion
3 level tablespoons gravy powder
1/2 bag peas carrots and corn
1/2 bag frozen spinach
1kg potatoes with butter and milk to mash
2 tablespoons butter melted to brush the top with
salt and pepper and herbs (if you have any)

Cook the potatoes and mash with butter and milk. Fry mince and onions. I don’t add oil or butter because enough fat comes out of the mince. If you are using herbs add them now. Cook until the mince is browned and the onions are soft. Add the vegetables and spinach and about a cup of water. Simmer for about 5 minutes and then thicken with the gravy powder. Pour this Mixture into a baking dish and top with the mashed potato. It browns up nicely with the melted butter brushed on top. Bake 180 deg until golden brown on top (15 or 20 mins)

SAUSAGES WITH ONION GRAVY AND VEGETABLES
14 sausages
2 onions
4 level tablespoons gravy powder (1/4 tin)
1 kg potatoes
milk and butter to mash
1/3 bag of peas
5 carrots

Cook sausages and keep them warm while you make the onion gravy. Gently fry the onions until soft (takes about 5 minutes). In a jug or a large mug put the gravy powder first and then add 300ml boiling water and stir quickly with fork til no lumps. Add to the onions and add a splash of water if it’s too thick
Serve with mashed potatoes and cooked peas and carrots

MACARONI BEEF
500g beef mince
375g macaroni (3/4 packet)
250g diced streaky bacon
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1/2 packet frozen spinach
tin of tomato soup
1 stock cube
salt and pepper and herbs/garlic (if you have them)

Cook macaroni, drain and set aside. Fry the mince, diced bacon and onions (again I don’t use any oil). Add herbs/garlic (if you have them). Cook until onions are soft and mince is brown. Add the stock cube, tin of soup and a soup can of water, the carrots and the frozen spinach. Simmer for 15 minutes. Take off the heat, add the macaroni and put the lid on for about 5 minutes (to soak up some of the sauce). I make this in my big electric frypan. It’s one of my kids favourite dinners
Serve with the other half a packet of corn cobs and butter

$60 meal plan for 1 week dinners only

(I follow this meal plan when I’m broke and we use up other stuff in the house for breakfast, snacks and lunches) – it’s just dinners – all bought at Coles

** we don’t manage on a litre of milk and 1 loaf of bread. These are on the list because they are used in the recipes

7 dinners all with vegetables for my family of 5 (me, 23yr son, 16yr son, 8yr daughter, 7 yr son)

Spaghetti Bolegnaise
Rissoles and vegetables
Vegetable pasties
Sausage rolls
Fried rice
Sausages and vegetables
Chicken stir fry with rice

2 tins savings baked beans 1.20
chicken stock cubes 1.09
ABC sweet soy sauce 2.20
3 tins savings diced tomatoes 1.80
1kg long grain white rice 1.50
spaghetti 0.65
1 litre coles long life milk 0.90

250g natures nutrients frozen spinach 0.99
1kg coles frozen peas carrots corn 3.00
1kg coles frozen peas carrots and cauliflower 3.00
1kg coles frozen corn cobs 2.50
500g coles frozen stir fry mix 2.20
1kg coles frozen puff pastry 2.50
250g coles butter pat 1.60

1.8 kg bulk pack barbeque sausages 8.00 (divide into 9 & 13)
1kg beef 3 star mince 8.00 (divide in 2)
500g chicken breast fillet (deli) 4.50
250g streaky bacon (deli) 2.88 (streaky has the least waste)

1kg bag carrots 1.30
2 zucchini 1.89
1kg bag onions 1.50
2kg bag potatoes 4.50

1 loaf savings white bread 0.85
1 dozen eggs 2.99

total $60.14

the only things not included are salt, pepper, oil (you could use some of the butter) and any herbs you’d like to use (I have a spice rack that includes garlic powder for the spaghetti sauce)

SPAGHETTI BOLEGNAISE
500g mince
3 tins tomatoes
1/2 the packet of spinach
2 carrots, grated
1 zucchini, grated
1 onion, diced
2 stock cubes
herbs & garlic (if you have these already)
500g packet spaghetti

RISSOLES AND VEGETABLES
500g mince
the other half of the packet of spinach
2 carrots, grated
1 or 2 finely diced or grated onions
3 slices of bread (made into crumbs and then made a bit soggy with a splash or 2 of milk)
1 egg
salt and pepper and any herbs that you may have

served with 1kg potatoes mashed with butter and milk
1/2 the bag of frozen peas carrots and cauliflower

VEGETABLE PASTIES

3 sheets puff pastry, thawed
1/2 bag frozen peas, carrots and corn
2 tins baked beans drained of most of their sauce (you could add this to the spaghetti sauce or put a bit in the sausage rolls if you don’t want to waste it)
salt, pepper and herbs if you have any

Mix the partially thawed vegetables with the drained baked beans. Add salt and pepper. Make into pasties with the pastry. Any leftover mixture is lovely on toast or in jaffles

serve with half the packet of corn cobs (and butter)

SAUSAGE ROLLS
3 sheets puff pastry, thawed
9 sausages (squeeze the contents out of the casings into a bowl)
1 onion grated or finely minced
2 carrots, grated
1 zucchini, grated
1 egg
salt, pepper and herbs if you have them

serve with the other half of the bag of corn cobs (and butter)

SAUSAGES AND VEGETABLES

13 remaining sausages
1kg potatoes (mashed with butter and milk)
the other half of the bag of peas, carrots and cauliflower

CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE STIR FRY

500g chicken breast cut into stir fry strips
bag of frozen stir fry vegetables
1 or 2 onions, sliced
if you have any carrots left grate or slice them
1 stock cube (disolved in about 1/4 cup boiling water)
2 or 3 tablespoons of the ABC soy sauce

cook 4 cups white rice (save at least half for the fried rice)

stir fry chicken and onions first, then add other vegetables and cook til done. Add the sauce and disolved stock cube. I would put garlic too if I had any

FRIED RICE

leftover rice
250g streaky bacon, diced
1 onion, diced
the other half a packet of frozen peas, carrots and corn
4 or more eggs, cooked like an omelette and then diced
ABC soy sauce to taste

fry the bacon and onion (the fat from the bacon should be enough for frying the onion). Add the frozen vegetables and heat through. If there’s not much fat in the pan add a little butter. Add the cold rice and stir fry turning constantly. Lastly add the chopped egg and ABC soy sauce to taste.

You will likely have some eggs left – my kids enjoy a fried egg on top of the fried rice

**I realise that many people don’t like to use frozen vegetables but I choose them because I live in a small town without a little fruit and veggie shop. Coles vegetable prices are too dear usually to buy fresh

About me

I started this blog in response to so many people liking and sharing my meal plans in a Facebook group that I belong to. I am a divorced mother of 7. I still have 4 of my kids at home and my meal plans are for them plus me. I have had to budget carefully my whole adult life. Carefully watching my money doesn’t scare me, it empowers me because I feel I’m in charge of my life. I live and work in a small town in Far North Queensland, Australia. My job takes me into the community cleaning and caring for elderly and disabled people. I love it! I feel so lucky to have all that I have and grateful to be able to manage on a low income