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FORTNIGHT 1 – $55 MENU

September 22, 2010

Sometimes we need an extremely low-cost menu. We could have extra expenses one fortnight – perhaps we have to register the car or pay school fees. Whatever the problem sometimes the easiest thing to save money on is the groceries.

This series of $55 per fortnight recipes is to meet that sort of situation. If we were to approach food charities for food vouchers, we would be allowed $55.00 worth of food vouchers to last for two weeks. Therefore we are trying to develop a series of menu plans that will allow us to provide all meals for that amount of money. 

We are starting off as though you have just moved into a new house and have absolutely nothing in the kitchen.  We will gradually introduce more costly items like olive oil and spices later on.  This fortnight we are concentrating on those staples, chicken, potatoes and eggs and we learn how to make chicken soup work three different ways!

DO AHEAD TIPS

Cook the basic Chicken Soup on the weekend then you will have chicken for rolls during the week.  Make up the Fresh Tomato Chilli Sauce and Yoghurt Dressing on the week-end as well.

WEEK ONE

Breakfasts

 Monday to Friday, porridge and milk, Saturday and Sunday, Pancakes

Lunches

 Wholemeal bread rolls, curried egg filling, chicken filling, surplus Vegie Rice Cakes

Dinners

Monday: Chicken and Ginger Soup

Tuesday: Chinese Omelette

Wednesday: Vegie Rice Cakes & Fresh Tomato Chilli Sauce

Thursday: Chicken Soup with Dumplings

Friday:  Green Onion Fish Cakes with fresh green beans and carrots

Saturday: Rice Salad with Curried Yoghurt Dressing

Sunday: Crispy Potato Rosti & Lemon Spring Onion Sauce

Snacks

 carrot sticks, fresh green beans

DO AHEAD TIPS

Make the Chinese Green Onion pancakes on the week-end.  Make the salsa after you make the Avocado and Corn salad as then the avocado will not go brown as it will be in lemon juice.

WEEK TWO

Breakfasts

Monday to Sunday:  porridge and milk 

Lunches

Spring Onion Flatbreads with cheese filling, surplus Rosti, other 1/2 of packet of noodles.

Dinners

Monday: Curried Chicken Soup

Tuesday:  Potato Puff & Fresh Tomato Chilli Sauce

Wednesday: Avocado and Corn Salad

Thursday: Curried Potatoes and Vegetables

Friday: Chicken Ginger Soup

Saturday:  Warm Tuna, Potato and Egg Salad

Sunday: Huevos Rancheros with Fresh Tomato Chilli Sauce & Tomato Salsa

Snacks

fresh green beans

Fortnight 1 –  Shopping List & Prices for those who buy food daily

Fortnight 1- Shopping List & Prices for those who buy food once a fortnight

Printable Menu Plan – Fortnight 1

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