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.
Healthy School Lunch Ideas!
Pack a good school lunch. Plan ahead and pack school lunches the night before, so you're not rushed in the morning. Better yet, get your kids into the habit of making their own lunches at night or in the morning. This will teach them about healthy and nutritious lunch box ideas too! For interesting and healthy lunch ideas for kids, try using wholegrain bread, poppy seed rolls, pita pockets, focaccia or ciabatta bread. And for fillings that are appealing and packed with nutrients

In a large bowl mix:
1 cup wholemeal flour
1 cup wheatgerm
1 cup bran
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 t baking soda & baking powder
In a med size bowl add and warm:
2T golden syrup - 1 cup trim milk
Combine wet and dry ingredients then add:
1 cup grated apple - 1 cup sultanas (optional)
Fill muffin tins and bake for approx 20 mins at 190 degrees celsius

410g can creamed corn
½ cup self raising flour
¼ cup milk
1 egg
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined. Grease an fry pan with a little oil and heat. Cook large spoonfuls of mixture over a low heat for around 3 minutes each side.

Drain 90g can of tuna in spring water and put in a little bowl.
Mix in 2 teaspoons of extra light sour cream and a teaspoon of sweet chilli sauce.
Put this in a sandwich with a little low fat grated cheese.
This makes a really nice toasted sandwich.
Serve with a side salad.
# Shaved ham, mustard pickle, lettuce and tomato
# Cottage cheese with chives and a boiled, mashed egg mixed together.
# Tomato relish, chicken, edam cheese, lettuce and beetroot (blot with paper towel to stop it making bread soggy)
Bulk your sandwiches up with lots of salad veges to help contribute towards your 3 vegetable serves a day.
To keep it interesting, vary what kind of bread you use. Use wholegrain bread, but try pitas and also bread rolls

1 packet of wrap breads of your choice.
Philadelphia low fat cream cheese
185g can tuna OR shredded ham
Grated carrot
Alfaalfa sprouts
Sweet Chilli or BBQ sauce 
Lay a flatbread out and spread a wide strip of Philadelphia low fat cream cheese onto the bread.
Place on lettuce, grated carrot and sprouts.
Drain the can of tuna and place evenly down centre of bread.
Squeeze on either sweet chilli or BBQ sauce.
To roll the bread, take the edge of the bread closest to you and press together as you roll, compressing the fillings.

Healthy family meals on a budget!