This post is sponsored by Coles.
Modern family life can be expensive and one of the realities of working for myself is that at times (especially depending upon what else is going on in our family life) income flow can be a little on the inconsistent side. We are so blessed that I can work from home and contribute to our monthly household expenses but we do have to stick to a pretty tight budget to make it all work – especially when irregular incidentals like the need for new school uniforms, or music tuition and dance costume fees come due. The reality is, I have to think and plan carefully when it comes to our monthly meal plan and grocery shopping, that we eat pretty plainly, stick to cheaper meal options and make a lot from scratch to keep costs down and make it all work.
When Coles recently challenged me to create a collection of recipes featuring three products in their Down Down range I felt right at home – these are the meats and meals we eat in regular rotation on our meal plan. They are well priced and provide good value for money for families who need to stick to a budget. In fact just one packet of each of the RSPCA Approved Chicken Breast Fillets (approx. 500gm) at $6, 3 Star No Added Hormone Beef Mince (1kg) at $5 and Thin Beef BBQ Sausages (1.7kg) at $7 could feed our family of four for six nights. That is the meat for one day shy of a week of meals for just $18. And chicken, mince and sausages are easy family favourites that can be used to prepare a great variety of delicious family meals…that kids will actually eat!
I was happy to take the challenge and am excited to share with you 30 family meal ideas that won’t break the bank – your next monthly meal plan is sorted!
3 Budget Meats, 30 Family Meal Ideas
6. Fried Rice
10. Teriyaki Chicken
15. Curried Sausages (this is one of my girls’ all time favourite dinners!)
16. Burrito Dogs
18. Cottage Pie
21. Sang Choy Bow
25. Crunchy Topped Meatloaf
28. Beef Rissoles
29. Chilli Beef
30. Beef Enchiladas
What is your family’s favourite budget friendly recipe?