low cost meals

My children are growing up fast.  I want to help them prepare for when they are living on their own.  I have decided to teach them how to cook simple recipes on a budget.

Life skills are extremely important, especially cooking and sticking to a budget.  Giving my kids the confidence to make simple meals is also extremely important.  Below are just some the meals they have prepared.


Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes are so cheap and easy.  You can have almost anything with them to make them in to a really filling meal.  They can be quick too.  If you don’t have time to pop them in the over for an hour, you can blitz in the microwave first.

Our recipe is simple, pop it in the microwave for 15 minutes, take out, spike it with a fork, drizzle with oil and salt then pop in the over for a further 20 minutes to bake and crisp the skin.  Serve with filling of your choice.  So far our boys have tried beans and tuna – separately of course!


Easy, peasy omelette

Eggs are just so versatile.   Our boys have had fun making omelettes.  It was fun at the beginning learning how to crack an egg without getting bits of shell in the mixture!

We use 3 eggs, a little butter and some salt and pepper.  Crack the eggs in a bowl mix with salt and pepper pour in to a pan with some butter.  Move the eggs around the pan a bit until they are nearly cooked.  At this stage you can then add some ham and chives or whatever other filling you like!


Irish Stew

Is stew an Irish thing?  I really don’t know but I can tell you it is so delicious and easy to make, my boys have had great fun making and eating it!

This is a one pot recipe, you brown some mince and onions, add potatoes and carrots.  At this point you add some water which is just enough to cover the potatoes.  Throw in a couple of Oxo cubes and some salt and allow to cook slowly until the potatoes and carrots are very soft.  That’s it.  Honestly there is nothing more to it that that!


These are just the ones our boys have tried.  Next on the list to learn is a simple stir fry, chilli, spaghetti bolognese.  It will then be time to move on to baking.  Nothing more delicious than making your own buns!


What recipes do you think I should consider next?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.



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