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A Week of Affordable Meals To Try

Tired of living off instant noodles and canned soup just to save a few bucks? Well, you're in luck because today we're dishing up some delicious, affordable meal ideas for you to try out. These recipes are all budget-friendly and easy to prepare, so even if you're not a master chef, you can still whip up tasty meals that won't hurt your wallet.

Monday: Veggie stir fry

Start the week on a healthy note with a colourful and nutritious vegetable stir-fry. You can choose a combination of your favourite veggies such as capsicum, broccoli, carrots and peas. Add a protein of your choice like tofu or chicken, season with soy sauce, garlic, and ginger, and serve it over a bed of steamed rice or noodles. This versatile dish allows you to use what you have on hand while keeping the costs low. Take leftovers for lunch to save even more.

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Tuesday: Hearty Lentil Soup

Lentils are not only an excellent source of protein and fiber but also generally affordable. Prepare a hearty lentil soup by simmering lentils with aromatic vegetables like onions, carrots, and celery. Season it with herbs and spices like cumin and paprika for a burst of flavour. 

Pro Tip

Serve with crusty bread for a satisfying and budget-friendly meal that will keep you warm and full.

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Wednesday: Budget-Friendly Pasta

Pasta is a classic crowd-pleaser that won't strain your wallet. Opt for budget-friendly pasta varieties like spaghetti or penne. Create a simple yet delicious sauce using canned tomatoes, garlic, onions, and herbs like basil and oregano. For added protein, toss in some sautéed vegetables or cooked ground mince. Top it off with a sprinkle of grated cheese, and you have a satisfying meal ready in no time.

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Thursday: Mexican Bean Burritos

Mexican cuisine is known for its bold flavours and affordability. Whip up a batch of bean burritos using canned beans, tortillas, and a medley of colourful veggies like bell peppers, onions and corn. Season with cumin, chili powder, and a squeeze of lemon juice for that extra zing. Customise with your favourite toppings such as salsa or sour cream. This meal is not only wallet-friendly but also packed with protein and fiber.

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Friday: Veggie omelette

Breakfast for dinner? Why not! A veggie omelette is not only a quick and easy option but also a cost-effective one. Whisk together eggs, diced vegetables like tomatoes, onions, and spinach, and season with salt and pepper. Cook it up in a non-stick pan until fluffy and golden. Serve with a side of toast or a simple salad for a delightful and affordable evening meal.

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Saturday: Pizza night

Start by grabbing some premade crust or flatbread from the store. Next, choose your favourite toppings like mushrooms, bell peppers, olives, or any other ingredients you love. Allocate around $6 for these toppings. Finally, sprinkle some herbs and spices like oregano and garlic powder. With these simple ingredients, you can create a personalised and delicious pizza masterpiece right in your own kitchen. 

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Sunday: Shakshuka

This Middle Eastern dish is a delicious option that won't disappoint. Sauté onions and bell peppers in olive oil, add canned tomatoes and a blend of spices like cumin and paprika. Create wells in the sauce and crack eggs into them. Cook until the eggs are poached to perfection. Serve with crusty bread or warm pita. 

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Happy cooking!

Eating well on a budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste or variety. 

With these affordable meal ideas, you can mix up your weekly routine and try out some new flavours without breaking the bank. So put down the instant noodles, and challenge yourself to make your own tasty meals that are way more satisfying. 

Bon appétit!


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