$1.15 Broccoli + Leek + Za’atar Soup

Makes: 4 serves Ingredients: 1 onion, sliced $0.30 2 Garlic cloves, sliced $0.20 1 leeks, sliced $0.80 1 Tablespoon olive oil $0.15 2 Broccoli heads, chopped into florets $1.70 2 Chicken stock cube $0.70 1 Tablespoon za’atar spice mix $0.25 1/4 cup finely chopped garlic chives $0.40 Total Per meal $4.50 $1.15 Method: In a…

$4.30 Chinese Five Spice Roasted chicken Marylands w/ Steam-Fried Cabbage

Makes: 4 serves Ingredients: 4 chicken Marylands $11.85 2 Tablespoon olive oil $0.30 1 lemon, cut into segments $0.60 2 Teaspoon Chinese five spice $0.10 25g butter, melted $0.20 2 Teaspoon honey $0.40 2 Teaspoon Sriracha chilli sauce $0.20 1 Tablespoon fish sauce $0.35 1 Tablespoon soy sauce $0.35 1/4 cup finely chopped chives, to…

$2.95 Cauliflower Rice w/ Dates + Almonds + Olives

This cauliflower rice is a delicious meal that works well as a main meal or a side salad. Makes: 4 main serves Ingredients: 1 Whole cauliflower $3.00 80g Butter $0.75 30ml White wine vinegar $0.25 1/2 Red onion, thinly sliced $0.20 100g Pitted Medjool dates, chopped $2.60 150g Green Olives, sliced $1.50 75g Roasted almonds,…

$1.80 Sichuan Braised Eggplant + Green Beans

This is an easy recipe that tastes even better as leftovers. Feel free to change the meat and add additional greens such as shredded kale, cabbage or Chinese broccoli. Makes: 6 serves Ingredients: ½ Bunch of spring onions $0.80 1 Large eggplant $2.00 250g Pork mince $3.50 1 Tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns $0.25 25g Ginger $0.15 5…

$2.15 Chickpeas with Spinach and Yoghurt Salad

I usually cringe at chickpea salads, with their dry and uninspiring attempts to turn a salad into a meal. This Palomar recipe however, is a game changer. Its simple, easy and cheap, with a vibrant combination of flavours and herbs. Perfect light mid-week meal. Makes: 4 serves Ingredients: 400g Can of chickpeas $0.75 1 Large…

$2.55 Sun-dried Tomato + Harissa Turkey Burgers

While this recipes originally calls for a lettuce leaf and avocado, we just had the patties with some steamed Chinese broccoli. Makes: 4 serves Ingredients: 500g Turkey mince $4.20 2 Shallots $0.50 1 Clove of garlic $0.10 4 Tablespoons of parsley $0.75 6 Sun-dried tomatoes $1.50 1 Egg yolk $0.50 2 teaspoons harissa paste $0.50…

$1.00 Simple Side Salad

For this simple side salad, I use any salad leaves (kale, baby spinach, roquette), spare veggies (capscium, onion, carrot etc), and an adaptable dressing to suit the meal. I often stir through some fermented vegetables or have them on the side.   Makes: 2 serves Ingredients: Handful of salad leaves $0.80 Spare vegetables $0.50 2 Tablespoons…

$1.95 Sweet Potato Tuna Patties

This recipe is by no means gourmet. It is however a cheap and wonderful midweek meal. Makes: 4+ serves (8 large patties) Ingredients: 500g Sweet potato $0.85 Peanut Oil $0.50 ½ Bunch of shallots $1.00 2 Clove of garlic $0.25 1 Egg $0.50 3 x 95g Cans of tuna $3.75 ½ Cup bread crumbs $0.30…

Leftover Vegetables: Pickles

I used to run a small food business called Simon Said. And while that feels like an age away I still continue to make my own pickles. They are a great way to use spare veggies and can be used to bring any salad to life. They are also great for your gut. Makes: 1…

$2.35 Soft Eggs w/ Zucchini + Pea Puree Breakfast

Makes: 4 serves. Ingredients: 8 eggs $3.85 2 zucchini $1.20 250g frozen peas $0.75 1 small brown onion $0.30 80g butter $0.75 1 tablespoons olive oil $0.20 1 baby fennel $1.20 ¼ bunch of tarragon $0.45 ½ lemon juice $0.30 2 tablespoons olive oil $0.40 Total Per meal $9.40 $2.35 Method: Preheat oven to 270…

$2.35 Crisp Brussels Sprouts w/ Lentils

Makes: 4 side salads. Ingredients: 150g small green lentils $1.25 Peanut Oil $1.75 400g Brussels sprouts $4.00 Handful of baby spinach $0.90 ½ bunch of mint $0.50 3 tablespoons olive oil $0.50 1.5 tablespoons red wine vinegar $0.35 1 teaspoon english mustard $0.15 Total Per meal $9.40 $2.35 Method: Cook lentils. Preheat oil in a…