Informed customer: surprising, inexpensive and healthy foods
If you’re looking to cut down on your grocery expenses, these foods are inexpensive and nutritious.
You already know that some foods are cheap, like rice and pasta, but there are also others that might surprise you.
If you’re looking to cut down on your grocery expenses, these foods are also inexpensive and often nutritious, so add a few to your store and save.
POPCORN: $ 1.95 per 400g bag
Popcorn is a delicious, low calorie snack.
Kids love it, and a bag of pre-popped kernels will last a long time.
I like to add cracked popcorn to my cookies to give them a crunchy pop. It can also be used in soups and salads in place of croutons, or you can add it to your homemade trail mix.
Plus, if you process baked popcorn in the blender, you’ll end up with delicious gluten-free breading for chicken and steak.
WHOLE CHICKEN: $ 3.90 per kg
I always have one or two of these bad boys in the freezer.
They are great for making a huge batch of chicken meat for school meals or for cutting into chunks and adding soy, honey and garlic.
Plus, did you know you can cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker? Just thaw first (you don’t want to have food poisoning), then put it in the slow cooker with the lid on for four to five hours and the meat will simply fall off the bone. Add a little butter and garlic for flavor.
TOMATO SOUP: 80c per box
I’m not a fan of tomato soup, but it’s a staple in my house and something I pick up at every store.
I use tomato soup in my pasta sauces as well as in my slow cooker savory recipes for roasts, because tomatoes naturally make meat tender.
You can also mix a can of tomato soup with three cups of self-rising flour to make delicious dumplings.
It’s so versatile.
FROZEN MIXED VEGETABLES: $ 2 per kg
I gave up on fresh vegetables – except salads – years ago.
My fridge is where they would slowly die before they end up in the compost bin.
Frozen vegetables, on the other hand, are excellent. There is no waste. I only use what I need and put them back in the freezer.
I add frozen veggies to every savory dish I can to try to puff it up and get the kids to eat veggies unknowingly.
PASTRY SHEETS: $ 2.30 for 6
Who has time to bake from scratch? Not a lot of people.
But the pastry sheets are not expensive and I use them in my pastry to revive the leftovers.
The best thing is they can sit in the freezer for ages until you need them.
OATS CROWDS: $ 1.90 per kg
Porridge isn’t for everyone, but it’s not all for oatmeal.
Pass them in a blender to make an alternative to breadcrumbs.
Add them in a blender with two eggs and a banana for delicious protein pancakes.
Add them to smoothies to fill them up and make them more filling. And of course there are the Anzac cookies.
CANNED CHILLED BEANS: $ 3 per box
Sure, they make you fart, but refried beans are a fantastic substitute for ground beef, especially if you add a few soaked lentils for texture.
Try it in a lasagna. I fooled my family into thinking they’ve been eating meat-filled lasagna for years.
EGG WHITES: $ 5.50 per 500 g carton
These are especially great if you are trying to watch your weight. Use them for a low fat quiche, in cooking and to make your own breakfast frittata.
CHICKEN PIECES: $ 2.90 per kg
Pick up pieces of chicken at your local deli or in large bags in the meat section of your supermarket.
Chicken wings can be marinated in a sauce for a delicious snack.
Other pieces of chicken can be baked in the oven, or just add a sachet of onion soup powder and a glass of white wine to make a casserole dish.
When it comes to protein, this is one of the cheapest solutions.
CAKE MIX PACKAGE: 75 C each
Not healthy, of course, but we are not talking healthy, we are talking cheap.
Paying just 75c for a basic cake mix isn’t expensive, even after adding the cost of eggs, butter, and milk to make the cake.
The cake mix can also be used to make muffins or charlottes, which are a mixture of compotes topped with the baked cake mix.
Plus, when kids want to bake a cake, 75c is a small price to pay to get them a kick start.
Note: All prices are correct at the time of writing.
Jody Allen is the founder of the Stay At Home Mum network of mothers. Find her on @StayHomeMum on Facebook, @ jodyallen.stayathomemum on Instagram, @JodyAllen_SAHM on Twitter