Jump to content

'Fallen on Hard Times' meals
*spin off*


  • Please log in to reply
57 replies to this topic

#1 Excentrique Feral

Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:57 PM

I'm starting a spin off of my own thread!

Many of us would have gone through a time of severe financial strain. So tell me what you ate while pinching pennies?

DH and I were both at uni and had just rented out our first crappy unit. Neither one of us had a job and DH was also paying off a c/link debt so times were rather hard!

Two meals that spring to mind:

Dinner: Buy a large bag of frozen dim sims from aldi. Steam with broccoli and serve. And when times were really tough, surprise visit to the parents!!  wink.gif
Uni student lunch: buy a tin of baked beans, take to uni with a fork and your set!

#2 Casii

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:03 PM

Savory mince...  so many different ways to flavour it too!
Mince, noodles, random vegies, sauces to flavour!

My daughter asks for this often,  despite the bank balance lol!

#3 Guest_~Coffee~_*

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:05 PM

.

Edited by *SnowFlower*, 20 February 2013 - 04:52 PM.


#4 LittleListen

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

Vegemite sandwiches.

As toast in the morning.

As a sanger at lunch.

Grilled with a slither of cheese for dinner.


Possibly all on the one day  unsure.gif

Thank heavens for Bgroup vitamins...

#5 VJs Mummy

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:07 PM

Will be watching this thread to get ideas lol, unfortunately hard times always come at the worst but some for me a couple of years ago was
Noodles,
Pasta,
Mince
Frozen Vegies,
Toast


#6 item

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:07 PM

At uni - cooked pasta mixed with frozen veg and a jar of pasta sauce could do me for two or three days meals.
Later in uni - for some reason we lived on fish fingers and frozen veg.  Never again.

#7 Becstarinator

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:07 PM

Slow cooker meals with budget cuts or alternatively done in a pot on the stove over a good few hours (just keep topping up the water).

Baked beans on toast.

Spaghetti beefed out with red kidney beans.

We sometimes do steak (usually rump as it is cheapest), chips, eggs and baked beans for dinner.

Meat loaf using half mince, half sausage mince (dirt cheap).

We try to buy in bulk from the butcher.  Things like chicken breasts with the skin on and then we remove it ourselves (saves up to $5 a kilo).  We try to keep the cost of meat down to $5 a meal.  Hard but not impossible.

#8 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:18 PM

Rice with soy sauce and egg.

2 minute noodles with frozen vege, mushrooms and egg

Pasta with butter. I used to love this as a kid as well.

#9 lynneyours

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:28 PM

Baked potato with a little of any of the following:  cheese, baked beans, butter, tinned corn, tinned tuna etc

Pasta with cheap jar sauce and frozen mixed vege.

2 min noodles.

I once ate 2 weetbix (dry) with butter and vegemite for lunch.  Every day for 4 months.  Never again.

Eating vegetarian is cheap.  Rice, pasta, noodles, couscous, potato - all are cheap and filling.

#10 CharliMarley

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:36 PM

Things with mince: meatloaf, hamburgers, curried mince with vegetables.

curried sausages with sultanas and apricot jam.

pasta dishes which could probably last a few days.

For dessert: Jam roly - which is just some packet pastry rolled out and one side covered with jam and grated apple. Cook in an oven with a cup of water and a cup of sugar poured over the pastry roll.

#11 ~buzz~

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:44 PM

lots of tuna, pasta, rice, 2 min noodles, frozen mixed veg, mince, sausages, chicken wings would try and mix it up a bit

breakfast was toast and lunch was either leftovers, more toast or 2 min noodles

#12 amabanana

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:44 PM

I lived on the following for more than a few years while at uni:

2 min noodles + bargain bin veg + some kind of sauce + clearance meat if I could find it = stir fry

Veg and barley soup, sometimes with a little lamb if I could get it cheap

spag bog made primarly with veg

toasted sandwiches:
banana and jam
creamed corn and cheese
baked beans
egg
left over whatever was in the fridge

I'm so glad those days are gone.  May they stay gone!

#13 PatG

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:52 PM

An elderly family friend used to tell us about eating boiled nettles when times were hard....  the sting is destroyed by the boiling.

Pasta with vegemite stirred through (cheese is a good addition if you are feeling rich).

A pack of cheap sausages lasts several meals - fresh cooked with mashed potato, cold on bread as a sandwich, chopped up and mixed with pasta.

Mince and whichever vegetable is on the clearance table.  Internet comes in handy here,  I didn't have net at home when I was a poor uni student so I'm sure my creations weren't very exciting.  Worcestershire sauce, sweet chili sauce and garlic from a jar would make regular appearances.



#14 librablonde

Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:56 PM

Uni student days: pasta and a jar of pasta sauce would keep me going for a couple of days. When times were tough just pasta and butter. Cheap bread and jam. Porridge with no milk. Two minute noodles with an array of sauces. Lots of cheap asian veggies from Chinatown, also very cheap spices and soap from Chinatown. We made our own fresh pasta sometimes and it worked out so cheap if we could afford the flour. Food items like milk, cheese and meat were guarded fiercely. Yet alcohol was freely shared, go figure  rolleyes.gif

#15 HRH Countrymel

Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:00 PM

When I was at Uni my flatmate and I used to exist mainly on baked potatoes and salad (no cheese, just salt and pepper and butter).

Once a week would be 'meat day' - and depending on how flush we were 'meat day' could simply mean we bought two rashers of bacon to go with our spud!

If we were so decadent to buy a chicken we could stretch that little chap over about 9 meals!

There was a rather traumatic period where my flatmate was dating a body builder - he would wander into our kitchen and drink a whole carton of milk and 4 raw eggs as a 'snack' then waft out again not realising he had just eaten 1/2 our weekly food!

Until DP moved into my life most people I knew assumed I was a vegetarian - no, no I am not, no ethical stance or religious rules, just a financial vegetarian!

I do remember a week in first year uni where something went terribly wrong money wise and I lived entirely on $1.50 worth of 'Devon Bung', a french stick and a carton of custard??????

I was on day 5 of this horror when a classmate (mature age student) realised my plight and invited me home for dinner with her family.



#16 Peridot

Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:03 PM

I feel privileged that I've never had to experience such hard times!! We've always had food in the cupboard, and on the odd occasion we didn't have much or couldn't be bothered cooking, we had two sets of parents to visit for tea or a set of grandparents!

But I do enjoy reading threads like these, as you never know when you could be unlucky and face a hard period of time!

#17 FaithHopeLove

Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:09 PM

Yup pasta and sauce here too. and 2 min noodles.

At my sisters college a boy got scurvy. all he was eating was toasted sandwiches - if only he'd added some tomato!

#18 namie

Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

During Uni I lived on packet pasta and scrambled eggs. In those days I was lucky if I had $50 for a fortnight's grocery shop, with a little leftover to do a bread/milk/vegies top up after the first week.

One of those packet pasta meals with some frozen peas and a tin of tuna, or if I was really flush (lol!) some sliced, fried ham or salami, would last me two meals. Scrambled eggs were a fairly cheap dinner with a slice of toast.

These days we eat a lot of mince (I try to keep it interesting by alternating between Spaghetti Bolognese, Cottage Pie, Meatballs and Spaghetti, Lasagne or Tacos if the budget is a bit more flexible) and sausages (bangers, mash and beans or Devilled Sausages), with some chicken and fish thrown in too.

#19 pitzinoodles

Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

Much of my uni days was spent eating rice + onion+ dash of soy sauce...something I'm happy to never repeat again!

Gourmet for me was 1cup of boiled water with tspn veggie stock + 1 egg + nest of noodles.

When I'd really run out it was time to visit my parents original.gif

ETA: My weekly food budget was $25 - I thought that was very reasonable! Maybe that is why it's now $250/week for 4 of us!

Edited by pitzinoodles, 11 February 2013 - 06:15 PM.


#20 amabanana

Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:21 PM

QUOTE (PatG @ 11/02/2013, 06:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
An elderly family friend used to tell us about eating boiled nettles when times were hard....  the sting is destroyed by the boiling.


Nettle soup is a delicacy in Korea.  It's actually pretty tasty.  original.gif


#21 FeralBee

Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:22 PM

Tin of chickpeas, tin of diced tomatoes, whatever veggies you have handy (peas and corn go well) and herbs for flavouring, cook in a single pot. Easy, delicious and filling!

#22 Magnus

Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:24 PM

I spent about three months eating plain rice with stock cubes and a bit of dried herbs once.

I also did baked beans with a side vermicelli noodles when I first moved out of home. I was working four shifts a week, so I should've been able to afford to live on that (I would easily live off four shifts now). I guess I wasn't well paid.

Lentils or curry with rice are also good, but I made really bad ones during my undergrad days and probably wouldn't have been able to afford "fancy" ingredients like cumin and coriander seeds when I was an undergrad.

MeeGoreng noodles were good too.

#23 GamerMum

Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:31 PM

From 16-19 my fortnightly shopping list consisted of:

2 packs Mi goreng
2 packs black & gold 2 minute noodles (one chicken, one oriental)
3 potatoes (to be either baked, mashed or fried)
1 bag black and gold frozen peas & corn
600ml milk carton

If I had extra I'd buy eggs.

When I adopted my cat at 18 (coz that's intelligent when you are broke) cheap cat food was added to the list, and as a treat, tuna (for her, not me).

Once a month my mother decided to be all "parental" and cook me a meal and let me have the leftovers. I liked those weeks. I hid my food in my neighbours apartment because my boyfriend at the time would get stoned and eat everything in one sitting.

Now I go stupid and don't even look at the price of food :/

#24 Canberra Chick

Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:33 PM

Student and vegetarian in the UK meant:

Breakfast of one low fat yogurt from Netto (even cheaper than Aldi)
Lunch was a cheese and coleslaw sandwich on white bread
Dinner was often cheap spaghetti with a stock cube, one or two sliced mushrooms and that packet grated Parmesan, or rice with a jar of nasty sweet and sour or curry sauce (with vegetables in the sauce, allegedly), or pasta shapes with a tin of 3p tinned tomatoes

Fridays I 'treated' myself to a cheese and onion pasty and chips from the union cafeteria.

Rest of the diet supplemented with chocolate, the odd loaf of half decent bread from Tescos and beer that was past its sell by date and sold off cheap at the local bottlo.

And I wonder why I got anaemic?!

#25 noi'mnot

Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:37 PM

Dahl and rice. I'd go to local Indian or Arab grocers and get the spices, rice and lentils all super cheap.

When very rich, pizza - I'd make the dough, use tomato paste and some cheese on top.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Finding baby name inspiration in unusual places

Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.

The case for inducing at 37 weeks

While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?

Does controlled crying really work?

Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.

How I taught my infant to use a toilet

As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.

'I thought it was impossible': Emily Symons pregnant at 45

Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.

Shallow water blackout kills fit, healthy dad

A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.

Afternoon naps may be bad for toddlers' sleep

You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.

Best gifts for newborns, new mums and christenings

We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.

Jaime King to be a mum again

Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.

Nannies should receive government funding

The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

Common skin irritations in newborns (and how to treat them)

As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?

10 wall decals for the nursery or playroom

Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.

Preschooler walks 2.4km home alone

Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.

Video: Why mums get nothing done

In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

The middle name game

The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Brain damaged mum receives compensation

A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.

Indigenous midwives break down the barriers

A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.

The Katering Show's next big delivery

Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

Why I have mixed feelings about Cindy Crawford's leaked photo

Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.

How to create a Peppa Pig pancake

Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?

'It's a little life, not a little loss': pregnancy after miscarriage

I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.

Bonds Baby Search 2015: what you need to know

February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.

Who will manage your Facebook account when you're gone?

This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.

Struggling mum of four wins $188 million

Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.

Pregnant obese women a 'relatively new problem', coroner hears

A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.

'I'm angry as hell': the story behind mum's passionate vaccination plea

She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

8 different kinds of tantrums

I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: symptoms, treatment and your fertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.

What's the best position for giving birth?

If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?

Wife forgives snake catcher husband for car surprise

With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.

Kids who meet milestones at their own pace

We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.

Ruby shines as Bonds Baby

Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.

Why dads should go to sleep school

If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Win a KitchenAid Mixer

Let's celebrate 300,000 fans on Facebook

To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.