Cook in Bulk and Save Some Cash!
Bulk Spaghetti Bolognaise is a great way to save time and money in the kitchen as it is a family favourite and so versatile. A lot of you are probably already familiar with Stay at Home Mum’s Once a Month Cookbook– but for those that aren’t convinced – I thought I’d do this little post on how to use the same principle on a much smaller scale.
Chop the brown onion and garlic into fine pieces. Throw in the slowcooker.
Leave for approximately 30 minutes on high for them to heat through and soften.
Add the diced carrot and and celery. Add the meat and cook a further hour stirring well every so often.
Pour in the three cans of tomatoes (2 crushed, 1 soup) and simmer on low for up to six hours.
Divide into Ziploc bags once cooled to room temperature, ready for freezing.
Recipe Hints and Tips:
- Bulk Spaghetti Bolognaise is suitable to freeze for up to three months.
- Make sure you mark on the bags with a permanent marker the contents of the bag, and the date it was cooked.
- Apart from serving on pasta, you could heap it into jacket potatoes with sour cream and cheese, serve it on nacho's or in taco's. Omit the tomato soup and you have savoury mince that can be served on toast or topped with potato for a shepherds pie!
So today I bought some ingredients, which came to a grand total of $16.40.
How far can $16.40 get you? I got six meals that would feed a family of four ($2.73 to feed four people). Of course you would need to add a packet of pasta and perhaps some cheese and garlic bread if you so desire, but it is still a very, very cheap meal. The best part is you freeze it for the nights you don’t feel like cooking! Here’s how I make it in bulk.
(Note: 4 people in my household is 2 adults and 2 children under 5)
(Bulk Buying is a great way to save lots of money – but if you don’t think you can do it – start small and work your way up! Following our recipe for Bulk Spaghetti Bolognaise is a good way to start and you can use the leftovers to create some other fancy foods, like meat pies – just add gravy, or empanades – add a tin of corn and wrap in a triangle pastry…it really is super versatile!)