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.
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.
Drinking water is not only very healthy, it’s often the only drink a person with limited means can afford to drink at mealtime. But, at least how I see it, simply drinking tap water can become boring after a while. Adding some natural flavour, that are cheap and without added sugar, can really help you get enough fluid and make the water taste nice.
- Lemon and cucumber – a few thin slices each in a jug of water adds a really light and tasty flavour. Plus, lemon aids your digestive system!
- Cucumber – adding just some slices of cucumber makes the water taste fresh and makes you feel refreshed.
- Strawberries – if you’re looking for a sweet and hint of tart, then strawberries are the way to go. No sugar, just the natural sweetness of the berries. Tip! Freeze the berries before putting them in the jug – that cools the water and releases the flavour over a longer period of time.
- Watermelon – buy a whole melon when it’s on sale and add a few chunks of the melon in to the jug.
- Green apples – gives a sour and refreshing taste to water. Combine with lemon and it’s twice as nice!
- Watermelon and lemon – gives a sweet yet sour flavour to your table water.
- Ice tea – all you need is cold tea with a bit of sugar and some extra flavouring. Add a couple of slices of lemon and a teaspoon of sugar while you warm the water and boil for a few minutes before adding the tea. Let it soak until it’s strong and cool it. It’s a lot cheaper to make your own ice tea than buying it.
- Ginger and cucumber – if you’re in for something strong, feel a bit under the weather or just enjoy a strong taste to your water, then ginger is for you. Plus, ginger is full of antioxidants and aids metabolism.
- Red berries – strawberries, blueberries (technically a blue one, but eh) and raspberries. The easiest way to combine these are to buy them frozen in a premix – it’s also better for your wallet. Fresh fruits are expensive, I’m afraid, unless you’ve got a supply of your own.
- Oranges – Sweet and a bit sour, depending on what kind you’ve got and how ripe they are.
- Pears – can be anything from sweet to sour depending on what kind it is and how ripe they are. This one’s worth pairing up with something like green apples or watermelon.
Enjoy these tips and be sure to try out your own combinations to find your favvourites! Please, share your combinations for a chance to be added to the list.
I haven’t really got the time to sit down and write a long, proper post today so I’m going to post a short update on what’s to come.
- How do you shop on a budget and what should you do before even entering the shop?
- Lasagna Boats recipe
- Writing to companies of products that you love and how to get something from them in return for loyalty.
- Useful tips & tricks at the grocery shop
- What is a good price on your favourite products?
- How to organize your coupons
- Building a stockpile and maintaining it.
- Chicken tikka masala recipe
- How to stretch your money in the kitchen.
- More easy, cheap recipes
- Reviews of products
If you want me to write about something that’s not included on the list then feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll see what I can do!