The Poor Man’s veggie soup 

This soup is perfect if you’re on Ann extremely tight budget since you can use any veggies that are cheap or free, as long as you have vegetable stock and some cheap herbs like parsley and dill.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes 
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Leek
  • Water
  • Vegetable stock cubes
  • Dill & parsley 
  • Swedish turnip 
  • Cabbage
  • Peas

Instructions:

  1. Cut all of the vegetables, except for the peas, into cubes and put all of the veggies into a large saucepan.
  2. Add the parsley, dill and cubes of stock.
  3. Cover with water and bring it to a boil quickly, before lowering the temperature.
  4. Let the soup simmer until all of the ingredients are cooked through.
  5. Adjust the stock flavour, it should be strong tasting to be extra filling and tasty.
  6. Serve with freshly baked bread.

Notice that I haven’t put any measurements or amounts – this is because you will have different amounts available to you at different times. This is what determines what amounts of what vegetables you use and how much you can/want/need to make of the soup. The point is that however much you make this soup is as cheap and simple as it gets, the highest cost is for the stock, parsley and dill. 

Bread / Baguette recipe

This is literally one of the easiest ways to make baguettes at home, that won’t cost a small fortune (and is superhard to make). You only need a few basic ingredients to make this tasty bread.

 

Ingredients:

5dl water

2tbsp olive oil

13dl flour

2tsp salt

1 pack dry yeast

(1 egg) optional

 

Instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil and water to 37 degrees Celsius on the stove
  2. Mix the hot water with the yeast to start up the yeast. Mix it in a large bowl or a kitchen aid.
  3. Mix in the rest of the ingredients well for at least 5 minutes in the kitchen aid. It shouldn’t stick to your fingers when you handle it.
  4. Take it out of the kitchen aid and put the dough on a table, sprinkled with a little flour.
  5. Knead the dough for a few minutes more and add some more flour if needed.
  6. Put it back in the bowl, cover it with a baking towel and set it to rise for 60min. Don’t leave it too cold, or the yeast will die. The same thing applies if the opposite happens!
  7. Heave the dough back on a floured table and cut it into 4 equally big pieces and form them into breads/baguettes. Do NOT knead the dough at this stage!
  8. Put them on two baking trays, layered with oven paper. Sprinkle some flour on the bread and put baking towels over. Let rise for 30min
  9. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Celsius while the bread is rising.
  10. If you want you can brush the bread with the whisked egg, and then grind over some sea salt. It’s optional but adds some flavour.
  11. Bake the bread in the middle of the oven, one tray at the time, for 15 minutes.
  12. Let them cool on a cutting board, or something else – but not the baking tray.
  13. Eat fresh and freeze the bread that won’t be used right away.

Poor man’s bread recipe 

This recipe is probably one of the cheapest ways to make bread and if you really have no money, but have these ingredients, you can at least have something to eat! 

I don’t have exact measurements for this recipe, since I never make the same amount twice, but as long as it doesn’t stick to anything once you’ve mixed the ingredients together with your hands – you’re fine!
Ingredients 

Flour

Water

Olive oil/rape seed oil/any oil

Salt

(Baking soda, if you have it)
Instructions 

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl until it becomes a smooth dough that doesn’t stick to the bowl or you hands.
  2. Form small balls from the dough, roll them out to round flatbreads and lay them on top of each other on a plate, with some flour in between to keep them from sticking to each other.
  3. Fry them for a couple of minutes on each side in a hot frying pan. If you have butter or oil to fry in, use it, but it’s fine if you don’t.
  4. Eat them fresh with whatever spreads you’ve got at home: jam, butter, cheese etc.

What is a good price – SWEDEN

I’ve promised to start this series for a while now and it’s not until today that I’ve actually got the time to sit down and start it. I’m going to start with Sweden, since this is where I live at the moment. These are simply the best prices for these products! It will be updated fairly regularly, as I go about and find what different products have as their best price. The rest of the post will be in Swedish.

 

Frukt & grönsaker (färsk)

Päron (korg) 10kr/kg

Morötter 1-10kr/kg

Potatis (rå) 1-10kr/kg

Gullök 1-10kr/st

Broccoli (färsk) 5kr/st

Isbergssallad 5-10kr/kg

Gurka 5-10kr/st

 

Köttprodukter (färsk)

Falukorv 10-15kr/länk

Färsk, hel kyckling 20-26kr

 

Frusna produkter

Kycklingklubbor & lår frusna 10-15kr/kg

Frusna potatisklyftor 10kr/500gr

Frusna potatiskroketter 10kr/500gr

Dr. Oetker pizza 10-15kr/st

Ben&Jerry’s glass 30-40kr/500ml

Max Kycklingnuggets 30-35kr/förpackning

Ärtor (frusna) 10-15kr/500gr

 

Gryner, pasta & ris

ICA pasta 5 kr/500gr

Barilla pasta 10kr/500gr

Grötris 10kr/kg

Ris 10kr/kg

 

Mjölkprodukter

Milda Culinesse (flytande margarin) 10kr/st

Gräddfil ICA 5kr

ICA riven ost 5-10kr/st

Margarin 10-15kr/kg

ICA flytande smör 750ml 10-15kr

Filmjölk 5kr/liter

Matlagningsgrädde 250ml 7.50kr

Grynost 250gr 5-10kr

500gr 10-15kr

 

Kryddor, bakprodukter & tacoprodukter

Tomatpuré 5kr/st

Tomatketchup 15-20kr/1250ml

ICA tacosås 5kr/st

Santa Maria   texmexsås 10kr/st

Tacokrydda 10kr/st

Tortillabröd 10kr/st

Kryddor på burk 5-10kr/burk

Old el paso Sand n’ stuff 10kr/förpackning

Senap 7kr

Vetemjöl 5-7.50kr/kg

 

Bröd

Rostbröd 7.50-10kr/paket

Minibaguetter 5kr/6pack

 

Kakor, snacks & godis

Pepparkakor 10kr/förpackning

Frukt/nötbar 5-7.50kr/st

 

Läsk, juice & övrig alkoholfri dricka

Jul/påskmust 5kr/1.5L

 

Hygienprodukter

Tandkräm      75ml 5-10kr

125ml 10-15kr

Tandborstar 5-7.50kr/st

 

Städprodukter & hushållsprodukter

Diskmedel 5kr/flaska

Diskmaskinstabletter 39kr/50st

Hushållspapper 10-15kr/6pack

Fryspåsar 6kr/förpackning

Toapapper 6pack 15kr

 

Pålägg

Philadelphia cream cheese 10kr/200gr

 

Halvfabrikat

Pizzakit 10-15kr/st

Sill i burk 10kr/burk

Potatis/rotfruktsgratäng 10kr/förpackning

Rödbetssallad 10kr/st

 

Feel free to write a comment, or get back to me via my contact form!

Sausage sauce recipe 

A while ago I bought two falukorvs (a large type of Swedish sausage) on sale. I’ve had one and today I made a traditional sausage sauce of the other one.

The ingredients cost me about 2.75€ and provided me with 10 portions. That makes one portion 27.5 cents. Depending on what I serve the sauce with (pasta, rice or potatoes) my final cost will vary, but it shouldn’t be more than 50-60 cents in the end, per plate.
Ingredients 

400 gr Falukorv/sausage

3 onions 

4 carrots

2,5 dl (1 cup) of cream

2 cubes of meat stock 

100 gr tomato paste

2 tablespoons of mustard

0,5 dl soy sauce

3 dl water

Thickening

Salt, pepper

Butter to fry in
Instructions 

  1. Grate the carrots and chop the onions finely.
  2. Chop the sausage
  3. Heat up a large cast iron pot/casserole and fry the carrots and onions until they’re soft.
  4. Put in the sausage and fry off the liquid and give it some color. 
  5. Powder on the thickening and stir it into the sausage and vegetables.
  6. Put the rest of the ingredients and lower the heat to low. Stir well to make sure everything is well mixed.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste!
  8. Let the sauce simmer for at least 10 minutes.
  9. Cook rice, pasta or potatoes while the sauce is simmering.

Today’s Haul

I went to the shop today and got the best deals of this week! I was supposed to get ecological yogurt as well, but they were out and won’t have any until tomorrow, so I’m going back then. I also bought the wrong brand of soda, I accidentally bought the one that wasn’t on sale – so I need to change that as well.

Not everything I bought is in the picture, but almost. This week I got:

  • 2 bags of spaghetti for 10kr/bag (1kg/bag) (1€/bag)
  • 2 packs of chicken nugget from Max. These are DELICIOUS, buy them if you can – they are terrific! They only cost 35kr/box (3.50€/box)
  • 2 toothbrushes, 2 for 15kr (1.50€/2)
  • 1kg ecological carrots 10kr (1€)
  • Soda 5kr/bottle (50 cents/bottle)
  • 2 loaves of bread 10kr/loaf (1€/loaf)

This will last me a while, along with the other food I bought last week.

Oven baked sausage recipe

This is a recipe that was very cheap this week, since all the ingredients were on sale. I love this sausage recipe, it’s also cheap and you get a lot of food from just one large sausage. I got 7 portions off of one. All of the ingredients cost about 2,50€ and with 7 portions, 1 portion is about 35.7 cents! If you add some of the pasta I got on sale too, then 1 portion is about 50 cents. That’s 3.50€ for all 7 portions – a true bargain!
Ingredients:

1 falukorv (large sausage)

2.5 dcl cream (one cup)

Mustard

Tomato purée 

75 gr grated cheese 

1-2 teaspoons soy sauce

Salt & pepper


Instructions:

1. Take the skin of the sausage if it has one that’s removable.

2. Make incisions in the sausage like the picture above shows.

3. Put mustard and tomato purée in the incisions. 

4. Salt and pepper the sausage. Then put it in a deep oven safe glassware.

5. In a separate bowl, mix the cream with salt, pepper, the soy sauce, mustard and tomato purée until well mixed.

6. Pour the cream mix in the deep glassware.

7. Put the grated cheese over the sausage.

8. Bake the sausage in a preheated oven (225 Celsius) for about 25-30 minutes.

9. Serve with pasta or mashed potatoes.
ENJOY this cheap meal!