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.
Camp Food Recipes NZ - easy camping recipes!

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2-3 slices bacon
1 large onion
1 head of cabbage
salt pepper
In a large dutch oven or frying pan, cook chopped up bacon until almost burnt.
Add chopped onion and cabbage and stir until cabbage is wilted.
Add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Cook until most of the water is gone and cabbage is desired tenderness.
If need be, more water can be added. Add seasoning to taste.

Low-fat meat.
Onions, herbs or salt to taste
Puha, watercress, silverbeet, cabbage
Choose low-fat meat. Trim off fat. Boil meat, cool and scrape off fat that sets, or pour off boiling water.
Refill the pot and heat to boil again. Add onions, garlic or herbs for flavour instead of salt.
Add potatoes and kumara. Add puha, watercress, silverbeet, cabbage.

3 cups self-rising flour
1 can creme soda
Mix the two together and spoon into a skillet or dutch oven. Bake until done.

1/4 lb margarine
1 packet cake mix
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup instant tapioca
1 large can fruit cocktail
1 large can sliced peaches
1 small can crushed pineapple
In a 12 inch foil lined dutch oven combine the fruit and tapioca.
Sprinkle cake mix evenly over top of fruit then sprinkle brown sugar over cake mix and dab butter all over top of brown sugar.
Place the lid on the dutch oven and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Use 8 coals on the bottom of the dutch oven and 16 on the top of the dutch oven.
Camp Cobbler is done when cake is brown on top and cake has absorbed juices and is no longer dry.

500 gm lean mince
1 can tomato paste
1 pkt spaghetti pasta
1 jar spaghetti sauce mix
In a large pot heat water to a boil. In a smaller pot cook the meat and add the sauce mix, water, and tomato paste according to the instructions on the sauce package. Cook the pasta in the water for 10 minutes. Place the lid on the pot and with gloves drain the water from the pasta. Putting the pot on a stump or log helps. Mix the sauce with the pasta.

4 potatoes sliced
4 onions sliced
10 oz cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
4 tsp butter or margarine
Take a large square of heavy foil and grease it. Arrange sliced potatoes on the foil,add salt and pepper and cover with sliced onions. Add chunks of butter or margarine to potatoes. Wrap and seal the foil.
Cook potatoes over hot coals on a grill until done 30 minutes depending on fire. Open foil and add thin sliced cheddar strips to potatoes. Cover again and grill for a couple of minutes until cheddar melts. 

Mix the flour, salt and sugar together in a bowl. Cut in the butter till fine crumbs form. Add milk to make a soft dough.
Knead lightly in the bowl until smooth
Shape into round loaf, rubbing a little milk over the top. Put into an oil sprayed camp oven and put onto the hot coals covering the lid with hot coals. Bake for 30 - 40 mins or until the loaf makes a hollow sound when tapped.

4 carrots sliced
500g Mince
2 potatoes cubed
1 medium onion sliced in 1/4" pieces
Form hamburger patties out of the ground beef and put carrots, sliced potatoes and sliced onions on top of a patty and place on a sheet of aluminum foil. Brush the Pie with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper do this with each patty.
Fold foil over Pie and place on charcoal or open fire. Cook Hobo Pie for an hour turning every 15 minutes.

1 Package (6) Pita rounds.
1 jar prepared pizza sauce.
1 package shredded mozzarella cheese.
Any other toppings you like
Place pita bread on hot grill and toast to desired doneness. Turn over, add pizza sauce, cheese and any other toppings you desire. Grill till cheese melts.

Make a DIY trail mix ahead of time. It stores well, and is great in a pinch. What's nice is it has a great mix of protein and carbohydrates, so this should keep the kids from having the sugar crash many snacks bring.
In a mixing bowl or large bag, combine the basics - peanuts, raisins and M&M's - and shake. Some other fun additions: dried cranberries, banana chips, cashews, almonds, pretzels, Cheerios and granola.


The beauty of foil cooking is that kids literally just have to spray with non-stick spray (or you can use non-stick aluminum foil), assemble and fold it closed. Cut up the ingredients at the campground, or even before you leave and keep them all in separate containers in the cooler. It's also ideal to let each child create his or her own foil food, so that each one can get in on the fun. Or let all the kids make a big foil wrap for the family to eat.

Kids love to cook while camping, and a humble box of aluminum foil is all the camp cooking gear they need. Use these fun and easy foil camping recipes for kids.

Foil Roasted Veggies
If you think kids won't eat vegetables, you might be surprised how they change their minds when the fun of some foil and a campfire are involved. Pick their favorites and add a couple others. Give them the diced veggies and the foil, and let them have fun. Place closed foil wrap onto campfire or camping stove, and cook for 30-45 minutes.

Campfire Foil Fries
Spray foil liberally, and spray cut potatoes lightly. Place in center of large piece of foil, and sprinkle seasoning like Old Bay on top. Close and roast over fire or stove for 45 minutes.
Foil Apple Cobbler
Take sheet of foil and spray. Place several diced apples inside, and add granola. For fun, toss in some caramel or peanut butter chips. Close and roast for 20-30 minutes.

Healthy family meals on a budget!