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. 

Lasagna boats

Lasagna boats is a recipe that I’ve developed on my own, since I wanted an easier way to eat lasagna and combine it with another food I really enjoy: tacos. Basically you can go either way with this: the usual lasagna or a taco lasagna. The only difference is the seasoning, they’re both cooked and served in stuff n’ stands. This recipe is with meat, but you can easily change the meat for Quorn or any other meat substitute of your choice. Also, I’ve made the cheese sauce from scratch, but you can use canned béchamel sauce or cheese sauce too. If meat is expensive where you live it’s very easy to use a smaller amount and instead use more beans and shredded carrots as a filler. The boats can easily be frozen in containers until you need them and can be frozen at least three months. I can get about 15 lasagna boats from the recipe, depending on how thin I make the Bolognese and cheese sauces.

This recipe is perfect for kids and kids parties too.

Ingredients:

 

Bolognese sauce:

450 grams minced meat

2 onions

3 cloves of garlic

1-2 cans of baked beans

2 packs of taco seasoning

Thickening

1-2 can(s) of water (use the baked beans can)

1 cube of meat stock

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

Salt, pepper

Butter or oil to fry in

 

Cheese sauce:

1 litre of milk or cream

Thickening

Butter

300 grams of grated cheese

 

2 packs of stuff n’ stand

1 pack of lasagna noodles

Grated cheese for decoration

 

Recipe:

  1. Start preheating the oven to about 200C
  2. Peel and chop the onions finely
  3. Heat a frying pan until very hot and put in the butter.
  4. When the butter has stopped sizzling, put in the chopped onions and cook them until they’ve got a golden colour.
  5. Put in the minced meat and brown it with the onions. Separate and chop up the meat until it’s fine and make sure it’s not pink.
  6. Coat it with the thickening and stir it in
  7. Add the rest of the ingredients for the Bolognese sauce and stir well!
  8. Let it simmer for at least 15 minutes to get the flavours out and then put it aside to cool while you make the cheese sauce.
  9. Melt the butter for the cheese sauce, on a hot stove, and put in the flour or thickening. Stir well, there shouldn’t be any lumps. I always use a whisker when I make the cheese sauce.
  10. Gradually add the milk or cream and mix until it has thickened and then add more until it’s all in there.
  11. Pull the sauce pan from the heat and carefully fold the grated cheese in to the sauce, until it has melted completely.
  12. DO NOT put the cheese sauce back on the stove after you’ve put the cheese in, it’ll make it chewy and stringy.
  13. Put out the stand n’ stuffs on a baking tray and assemble the boats just like you would with regular lasagna
    1. Break up the lasagna noodles and put a few pieces at the bottom, just so it covers it fairly evenly
    2. Put in a thin layer of the Bolognese sauce and then some cheese sauce.
    3. Repeat step A & B until it’s full.
    4. There should be cheese sauce on the top
    5. Add some grated cheese of your choice on top (I recommend parmesan, but whatever you have available is fine).
    6. Repeat this with the rest of the boats
  14. Bake them in the oven for about 30-40 minutes in the lower part of the oven.

 

Serve on its own or with a light, fresh salad. Enjoy!

 

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!

Bolognese sauce recipe

Ingredients

400 gr minced meat (half and half)

2 onions

Flour to thicken the sauce

Tomato paste

1 cube of meat stock

1-2 cans of tomato sauce (or baked beans in tomato sauce)

A few splashes of soy sauce (can be omitted if you’re allergic to soy)

2 dl water

3 cloves of garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Pasta of your choice

 

Instructions

  1. Chop the onions finely, it helps if you have a Nicer Dicer or an Alligator (I have an Alligator and I love it!)
  2. Heat up a pan with high edges until it’s very hot
  3. Melt the butter and fry the onion in it until it’s got a nice brown colour and the liquid is gone.
  4. Put in the minced meat (I use one that is 60 % beef and 40% pork since it’s cheaper, but you can of course use only pork or beef if you don’t eat either pork or beef.) and fry it until it too has got a nice brown colour and there are no raw bits. Let the liquid evaporate!
  5. Put in some thickening. This is individual: if you want a thick sauce then you use a bit more and if you want a thin sauce you put in only a bit. I prefer a thin sauce since I can make it last longer.
  6. Press in the garlic cloves (or garlic powder) along with the rest of the ingredients (except the pasta of course) and stir until well mixed.
  7. Season it to taste.
  8. Turn down the heat to low and let it simmer while you cook the pasta to perfection.
  9. The sauce only gets better if you allow it to simmer for a while.

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If you’re allergic to any of the ingredients, then substitute them:

  1. Tomatoes – ajvar relish
  2. Soy sauce – omit, it’s only in for the colour anyway
  3. Onions – carrots

 

The recipe can be made vegetarian by using soy minced meat and vegetable stock instead of the beef one.

You can make the recipe even cheaper by lessen the amount of meat, which is the most expensive part of the recipe, and substitute it with 2 large, grated carrots instead and not even taste the difference.