You don’t get cheaper than this and if you’re really desperate for a good, cheap meal – this one’s for you. Rolled oats don’t cost much and you don’t need milk as your liquid, water is just fine.
1 cup (2.5dcl) rolled oats
2 cups (5dcl) water
½ teaspoon salt
Jam, sugar or butter
- Add the oats, water and salt in a small saucepan and stir
- Put the hob on High until it starts to simmer.
- Take the heat down to Low and let the porridge simmer for a few minutes. Stir quite often to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.
- Serve up in bowls, with a bit of jam, butter or whatever you’ve got at home.
This recipe makes about two portions or one large portion. If you’ve got milk at home, add some on top of the porridge.
1 litre whole milk
1 cup (2.5dcl) pudding rice
- Add the rice, sugar, salt and half the milk to a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil on high heat and then reduce to the lowest setting. It should be simmering slowly though.
- Let the porridge simmer on low until it thickens and stir every minute to avoid it from sticking to the pan.
- Add a bit more liquid (1-1½dcl) as the porridge thickens and keep doing this until you’re out of milk. Cook until the rice is very tender and soft.
- Stir in the butter at the very last moment before serving.
- Serve with cinnamon and sugar on top.
- It usually takes about 30 minutes to cook this porridge, depending on how thick you want the porridge.
- To make the porridge even cheaper – substitute half the amount of milk for water. This is why it’s important to use whole milk! I’ve used 1 pint of whole milk and 1 pint of water and it’s still turned out very creamy and rich.
- Instead of white sugar, try using the same amount of brown sugar instead – the porridge will get a slightly different flavour and a turn it golden instead of white.
- To make this porridge vegan, simply change out the butter and milk for vegan options!
This is one of the easiest and quickest sauces I know and it’s perfect on so many desserts, like ice cream, banana split and on brownies. It contains only three ingredients and you can modify the amounts to suit your needs for the situation at hand. Just remember this – mix equal amounts of each ingredients and you’re halfway there. The milk can be substituted for water, but it tastes much better with milk, especially whole milk. For a vegan recipe – change the milk to a vegan option.
1dcl cocoa powder (the darker the better)
- Mix all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil while you stir it, to prevent it from burning.
- Lower the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for a few minutes, or until it’s smooth, silky and a bit thicker. Stir all the time to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom and burn.
- Serve on ice cream, banana split or any other dessert that requires chocolate sauce.
This is a vegetarian korma, that can become vegan if you use sauce with no cream or milk, and it’s really easy to make. I added some frozen vegetables to the sauce too, just to add some substance to it – but that’s not something you have to do.
1 can of chickpeas
1 jar of Korma sauce
1 cube vegetable stock
½ jar of water
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. sweet chili sauce
1-2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp. paprika powder
½ tbsp. turmeric
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil or butter to fry in
- Chop the onion and garlic finely.
- Fry the onion and garlic in a frying pan on high heat. While the onion is frying, drain the chickpeas and rinse them under running water.
- Add the chickpeas to the frying pan for a few minutes until the onions have a nice brown colour.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan and stir well. For the ½ jar of water, use the same jar that the korma sauce came in.
- Let the sauce simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
- Serve with boiled rice.
Baked sandwiches are amongst my favourite types of foods, hands down! The simpler ones require hardly any prepping and are filling on their own, or with a salad. When it comes to toppings, the combinations are almost endless – it’s so easy to make sandwiches for every taste and these are very cheap and budget friendly. I chose pastrami as my protein but you can naturally use ham, turkey, a selection of veggies or any plant based food you like.
4 slices of toast
4 slices of pastrami
- Preheat the oven to 225 Celsius
- Place the slices of toast on a baking tray
- Butter the toasts on the side that you’re putting the filling
- Put the slices of pastrami on the toasts
- Drizzle mustard over the sandwiches
- Top them with grated cheese
- Place the baking tray in the oven and cook until the cheese has melted and turned golden brown.
This recipe is a very popular salad in Sweden and Finland and is usually eaten with pizza. It’s therefore known as Pizza Salad in these countries. The salad is completely vegan and is a great base when you want to make a salad, you just put some of it on the bottom of a plate and then just pile up with any other vegetables and toppings you like – even pasta. The cabbage salad is also a great side dish to grilled meats and fish, so try it at your next barbeque!
1 head of fresh cabbage
2-4 tablespoons of white wine vinegar (depending on the size of the cabbage)
1-3 tablespoons of olive oil (depending on the size of the cabbage head)
½ – 1½ teaspoon(s) of salt
½ – 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper (or according to taste)
- Grate the cabbage on the coarser side of a grater or shred it finely with a knife.
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Make sure that the ingredients are well mixed, use your hands!
- Cover it with cling film and leave it in the fridge for at least two hours before serving.
This dish tastes better if you make it the day before you’re meant to eat it and just let it sit in the fridge and soap up all the flavours. If you want to, you can add some raw, shredded or grated red onion too.