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How to make food go further if money is short or you have unexpected guests



HOW TO MAKE A LITTLE GO A LONG WAY


Money short or you get unexpected guests,
here are some handy hints on how to make ingredients go a bit further.

Eggs

Make them into an omelette or
scramble them adding vegetables, cheese and/or poultry.

Fish
Cut up, stir-fry with vegetables or mix with
spicy rice

Noodles
Add leftover vegetables and diced meats.

Mince
Add breadcrumbs, grated courgette, carrot,
and/or marrow. Rice, pasta, onion, green pepper, dried peas, beans or lentils.
Fill cannelloni tubes with a mince mixture.
Put mince mixture into a pie dish and top with
mashed potatoes.
Make pancakes, fill with mince mixture and roll
up.
Make circles out of pastry, put mince mixture in
centre, brush edges with egg or milk and fold over (in half form a semi-circle).  
Bake in oven.
 Fry onion, add mince, add
boiling water, stock and then to thicken add some porridge oats
(oatmeal).  These oats absorb the flavours of the gravy and take
on the same consistency of the meat, also adding an interesting nutty
taste.  It also reduces the amount of meat required.

Natalie
Gage sent in this tip.

 

Useful mince
recipes.


Meatloaf
Add
one or more of the following – Breadcrumbs, rice, rolled oats, shredded
carrots, hard boiled eggs.

Ice Cream
Add fruit, sauce, cereal topping.

Soups
Add
vegetables, pasta, pulses, tofu, sour cream,
barley, yoghurt.

Salad
Add
some meat, fish, pulses, pasta, vegetables or hard-boiled eggs.

Steak
Dice and stir-fry with vegetables.
Grill on skewer with vegetables.

Stews
Add  creamed corn, vegetables, dried peas
or lentils.

Green Pepper
Stuff with rice and leftovers.

Chilli
Add one or more of
the following – beans, rice, spaghetti and/or sweetcorn.

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Sarah Nicholson
sent in the following useful advice –

 

If available in your
area, take advantage of online or telephone grocery shopping, particularly
for bulky or heavy items.  Often the delivery charge can be reduced or
eliminated if you choose certain time slots and spend over a certain
amount. 

 


Try doing a big order once or twice a month
for all the non-perishable items that you regularly buy, such as dried,
canned and frozen food, long-life milk and juice, toilet rolls, washing
powder, cleaning products, soft drinks and dairy foods (these have
surprisingly long sell-by dates). 

 


Buy extra if anything you regularly use is
on special offer.  This route also has the advantage that you will not be
tempted to spend more by buying extras you see in the store.  

 


Even if a delivery service is not available
in your area, you can adopt the same principle for a monthly supermarket
trip, roping in the family to help.  Then you only need to do a quick 10-15
minute shopping raid once or twice a week for fresh items and those you want
to choose yourself.