How to feed your family on a shoestring budget

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THERE are plenty of interesting ideas as to what to live on when there’s too much month left at the end of your money.

You don’t have to skimp on nutrition, taste or tummy-filling if you master the art of making a frugal meal.

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Come end of the month and the meat stocks are often very low or cleaned out, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying tasty, protein-packed meals. Get your protein fix with beans and lentils. Try bean stew or the vegetable option of spicy cabbage – both are great with pap or slices of fresh bread.

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Fried rice with vegetables is also a good bet, allowing you to use bits and pieces, leftover rice and eggs for a protein boost.

For a nostalgic breakfast with only four ingredients – water, maize, pumpkin and sugar: steam pumpkin until soft and combine with cooked maize porridge to serve up some delicious pumpkin porridge.

Canned foods make for simple, tasty dishes for any time of day.

Comb the pantry for savoury and sweet tinned food like pilchards, corned beef, vegetable and fruit pieces, or beans in tomato sauce. Beans on toast is a quick and easy nutritious meal that won’t break the bank or leave you hungry.

Put the veggies in the bottom of your fridge to good use. Whip up a pot of delicious vegetable soup and enjoy it with your favourite  bread to bulk up the meal. Also try potatoes, green peas, carrots and spices for a delicious vegetable curry. For a dish of heart-warming roast veggies, combine chopped onions, peppers and carrots with chopped potatoes, before roasting the whole lot in the oven.

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Fried, boiled, baked – however you like them – potatoes are pretty versatile. Stuff a few with spinach and onions or corn before baking, for a light meal. Make potato salad with mayo or simply spiced to perfection with garlic and herbs.

To avoid making the struggle a habit, plan ahead. The freezer isn’t just for ice and meat. Freezing cooked meals and bread allows these to keep for longer. At the beginning of the month, when the fridge is packed up, prepare more than you’d normally make for meals and pop some of the food in the freezer. Come month end, you’ve got reserves to tap into.

Harbour View SuperSpar in Port Shepstone offers a wide range of fresh, canned and ready prepared meals to suit all tastes and budgets.

Visit them at Shop 1, Harbour View Centre, corner of  Sinclair Street and Daly Road in Port Shepstone or join their Facebook page

Tel: 039 6881660

* Information supplied by Blue Ribbon Products.

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