Healthy family meals on a budget!
New Zealand's Easiest Family Recipes
Serving healthy food to your family is challenging, especially when you are on a low budget. We have low cost meals for people on a budget with cost saving ideas and budget recipes. They are all healthy eating ideas and are cheap to prepare. Change the recipes to suit your family's tastes and the ingredients you have. Cutting costs on food doesn't mean you have to cut on quality. It's still possible to prepare meals that not only taste great, but are also good for you.
Baking Recipes NZ - quick easy baking recipes!
Baking is the technique of prolonged cooking of food by dry heat acting by convection, and not by radiation, normally in an oven, but also in hot ashes, or on hot stones. It is primarily used for the preparation of bread, cakes, pastries and pies, tarts, quiches, cookies and crackers. Such items are sometimes referred to as "baked goods," and are sold at a bakery.

800gm soften butter
2cup sugar
7 cup plain flour
61/2 cup cornflakes
1 cup cocoa 
Mixer bowl cream soften butter& sugar add remaining ingredients mix well
Roll into ball 80gm each and flatten out on tray bake @180.C for 15 mins or until starting to crack but still soft
1 cup icing sugar, 2 tablespoon cocoa, 2 tablespoon melt butter then add hot water just enough for icing.

¼ cup margarine
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 cup wholemeal flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup coconut 
Melt margarine and golden syrup. Mix all ingredients together. Roll spoonfuls into balls and place on a lightly greased oven tray and flatten. Bake at 180ºC for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Variations: For a healthier version, replace coconut with sultanas.

4cup plain flour
2cup shredded coconut
2cup brown sugar
500gm melt butter
Melt butter and mix in all ingredient press into flat large tin lined with baking paper bake @180.C for 15-18 mins
Melt butter & dark chocolate together in pot on low heat & slightly cool. Place sugar, eggs, cocoa, flour & baking powder in a large bowl mix together with electric mixer. Add chocolate mixture combined mix well. Poor mix in a large baking tray lined with baking paper & bake @ 170.C for 50 mins or until set.

800gm soften butter
2cup sugar
7 cup plain flour
61/2 cup cornflakes
1 cup cocoa 
200gm sweet condensed milk
150gm shredded coconut
2 lemon rind & juice
7 cup vanilla biscuit crumb base
Mix all ingredients in large bowl and press into backing tin lined with baking paper and refrigerate.

375gm butter
375gm sugar
600gm plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
5 tsp ground ginger
Put all ingredients in food processor & press into flat large tin lined with baking paper bake @ 180.c for 20min
325gm butter
3cups icing sugar
210gm golden syrup
5teaspoon ginger ground
Melt all ingredients on low heat together in sauce pan pour mixture onto base and top with crystallised ginger.
Cool room temp and cut

800gm soften butter
2cup sugar
7 cup plain flour
61/2 cup cornflakes
1 cup cocoa
Melt butter with dark chocolate on slow heat. Put cocoa & warm water in mixer bowl & blend until smooth. Stir in the chocolate & butter mix. Add sugar, egg yolks & almonds. In other bowl beat the egg white & fold in 2 batches into chocolate mix. Poor into cake tin lined with baking paper & bake for 1- 11/2 hour or until firm or cracked ice & dust with cocoa powder.

1 cup self-raising flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
½ cup milk
Sift flour stir in sugar.
Beat the egg, add the milk. Stir into the flour mixture. Add more milk if the mixture is too stiff, or more flour if it is too thin.
Heat the frying pan with a little margarine or oil. Drop some mixture off the tip of a spoon. When the top starts to bubble, turn it over with a fish slice. Cook until both sides are golden brown.

Variations: Add ½ a mashed banana or some grated apple.

3 cups self-raising flour
¼ teaspoon salt
75g (5 tablespoons) margarine
1 3/4 cups milk
Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Rub margarine into the flour till it looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add milk and quickly mix with a knife to a soft dough. Add a little more milk if too dry. Knead a few times. Roll or pat the dough to 2cm thick on a floured bench. Cut into 14-16 squares. Place on a floured oven tray. Bake at 200ºC in the middle of the oven for about ten minutes or until brown.
Variations: Add ½ cup grated cheese, ½ cup sultanas or ½ cup chopped dates

7 eggs
1/2 c. cold water
3 tbsp. sugar or substitute
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1 1/2 c. cake flour
1/4 tsp. salt
Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Combine water, sugar substitute, vanilla, and lemon juice.
Add to egg yolks beat until thick and foamy; add cream of tartar to beaten egg whites and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Fold carefully into yolk mixture. Combine sifted flour and salt. Sift a little at a time over the mixture, folding in gently.
Pour into an ungreased 9 or 10 inch tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

2 crushed Weetbix
½ cup raw sugar (or brown)
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup wholemeal flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1 cup dried fruit, e.g. raisins, roughly chopped apricots
1 cup seeds or chopped nuts, e.g. pumpkin, sunflower, walnuts
Mix all the ingredients together. Press into a lightly greased 18x28cm sponge roll tin. Bake at 180ºC for 25-30 minutes or until firm to touch. Cut when cold. Variations:
For a treat, replace 1/3 cup of nuts with chocolate chips

Healthy family meals on a budget!