Here at Stay At Home Mum, we try to be frugal as much as we can.
Now, when we’re being thrifty, we don’t mean cooking up unsavoury meals. We mean cooking delicious, healthy and satisfying foods at a lower cost.
Just because you’re trying to save on cash does not mean you have to sacrifice taste and quality!
We absolutely guarantee that these recipes are healthy, delicious and perfect for when you’re trying to save money! Most of these recipes are also quick to make (30 minutes, more or less!) which makes it all the more perfect for families.
Salmon patties are really easy to make and are a fast meal for a busy night. You can just use pink salmon (no point in buying red salmon which is just expensive) – and mix with mashed potato and herbs to form patties.
2. Tuna Mornay
Remember eating Tuna Mornay as a kid? It was certainly on high-rotation at my house. The great thing about Tuna Mornay is that it can be bulked up with pasta or rice, although traditionally it is served with spaghetti noodles!
3. Faster Pasta
This meal, which I call ‘Faster Pasta‘ is not only fast (you can make it in under 12 minutes) – but is also incredibly frugal. I can feed this to my family of four for only a few dollars!
Sausage Casserole is an easy “all in” recipe that provides a wonderful and complete dinner for the entire family! I love to use the honey flavoured sausages in cooking, they just give a wonderful almost caramelised flavour, but beef or Pork sausage is just fine if you want to cut costs.
Vegetarian Lentil Meatloaf makes a great beef stock sub — meat for the vegetarian! Fibre and protein-rich, low in fat super easy and really yummy!
Sometimes, it can be quite hard to get the kids to eat vegetables such as zucchini, which is why this recipe for zucchini slice is fabulous!
This recipe is super easy to follow, and you’ll love how great the pie tastes!
We have Slowcooker Coconut Curry with Pork Sausages at least weekly in the colder weather. It is so delicious and hearty and frugal!
Mince Wellington is a great inexpensive dish that the kids will adore!
Vegetable and Ham Noodle Cups are a fantastic way to get the kids to eat their vegetables. Everyone loves noodles and this makes easy to eat-on-the-run snacks or add a salad and you have a meal.
This dish is soooo easy to make, super frugal and it’s suitable to freeze, too! Great for any time of year, but works a treat in the colder months.
It’s BBQ season, so when you have leftover BBQ sausages this will get the kids excited and you as it done and in the oven in minutes!
There’s nothing like a hearty Cream of Pumpkin Soup to warm you up on a cold night! I love it with crusty hot bread! It makes for a great meal in itself and it freezes really well!
Aside from having two of our favourite things (bacon and potatoes!), bacon and potato soup freezes really well.
This recipe for Sour Cream Quiche only contains three base ingredients! I love it with broccoli, too and it makes for a wonderful vegetarian dish.
We always try to eat healthy every day and really — it is a struggle! So we try to come up with healthy AND delicious ways to enjoy our meals. This recipe for Broccoli and Garlic Quesadillas is one of our faves!
Chicken and Apple Croquettes are a great recipe for the kids to make and eat – especially over the school holidays! Unlike store-bought sausages that are too salty and too fatty, this recipe is not only delicious but also full of nourishing ingredients like chicken, apple, and cheese!
Macaroni Cheese can be a bit boring but rest assured this one is schmancy, super delish & easy to whip up in no time!
19. Gourmet Pizza
This Gourmet pizza dough recipe is really easy to make at home and you can freeze it uncooked so that you always have it on hand!
20. Cabbage Pancakes
Cabbage Pancakes are so tasty the kids won’t even know that they are good for them. Everyone wins!
Spring Onion Pancakes are really simple to make. It’s perfect for yummy snacks and dinner on hump days! This one is also ideal for those who are watching their sugar intake.
Homemade Sausage Rolls are perfect for so many occasions! From picnics to beach days and birthday parties. Truly…maybe we should say they are perfect for ALL occasions!
23. Tuna Melts
Tuna Melts are a cheap and easy meal to make – for when money is tight! You’ll love eating it with soups, during lunch or dinner!
If you want to mix up your breakfast options every once in a while, this Chicken Noodle Omelette makes a great change to your traditional morning omelette.
Keep the kids happy by filling their lunch boxes with these tasty and simple creamed corn and ham toasted wraps.