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.
Takeaways Recipes NZ - homemade takeaways!

Why spend your hard eaned money on take-away food when its so easy to prepare and cook in your own home, and you will save heaps doing so. Serving healthy food to your family is challenging, especially when you are on a low budget.. Many people think healthy food costs a lot; with wise shopping and buying food in season, it doesn't have to.

Pattie options:
Meat pattie, Fish pattie, Grilled bacon, Cooked chicken

Bread options: :
Hamburger roll - Sliced toast bread - French Bread
Spread options:
Tomato sauce - Mustard - Chutney - Mayonnaise
Meat Patties
Have about 100g mince for each burger. Roll mince into a ball with wet hands. Heat oil in a pan. Put pattie in and flatten with a fish slice. Cook on high heat until brown on both sides and in the middle. This should take about 2 minutes each side.
Home-made hamburgers are cheaper and healthier than takeaway shops. Choose your pattie, cook and put in the bread.
Choose a spread and add some fillings

500 grams fresh fish fillets

2 tablespoons flour
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons low-fat milk
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning, optional
Rinse fish fillets in cold water. Cut fish into even-sized pieces. Mix egg and milk in bowl. Mix breadcrumbs, lemon pepper and parmesan. Set up in preparation to coat fish - a dinner plate with the flour on it, then the bowl with the egg mixture, then a dinner plate with the breadcrumbs. Coat fish in flour, then dip in egg mixture, then coat with breadcrumbs. Place fish pieces on an oven tray that has been covered with tinfoil or baking paper. Bake in oven for 10 minutes at 220°C or until golden brown and cooked through (turn over half-way through cooking).
Serve with salad and potato wedges. 

3 cups cooked rice
2 tablespoons oil
1 onion chopped
3 rashers bacon chopped (sausage, ham, or salami)
1 cup frozen peas (or other favourite vegetables)
2-4 eggs beaten
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Heat oil in a frying pan. Fry bacon and onion. Add peas and rice. Cook for 2 minutes.
Add soy sauce and mix through. Pour eggs onto mixture and stir through until just cooked.

750 g lean beef mince
1 egg
3 spring onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or 1 tblsp dried
4 approx large gherkins, finely chopped
3/4 cup fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
8 Burger Buns
Tomato Slices, Sliced Beetroot, lettuce, avocado slices
In a bowl combine the minced beef, egg, spring onions, parsley, gherkins, breadcrumbs, BBQ Sauce and season. Mix well.
Mould into 8 patties with wet hands. BBQ for about 5-7 minutes on each side until the burgers are well browned and cooked. 
Serve in buns with favourite toppings and maybe some potato wedges on the side. 

2 cups wholemeal flour

2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons margarine
1/2 cup low-fat milk
2 cups healthy toppings
Sieve flour and baking powder. Rub/mix margarine into the flour until the mixture is like coarse breadcrumbs. Add the milk and mix until a stiff dough (add more flour or milk if needed). Turn out onto a floured board and knead lightly. Roll out into a circle (use a bottle if you do not have a rolling pin). Put on an oven tray. Spread over tinned spaghetti or tomato puree, chopped onions, pineapple pieces, tomato slices, pepper strips - or any other combination of toppings. Sprinkle over a little grated cheese. Cook at 200ºC for 20 minutes.

6 medium-sized potatoes, scrubbed and sliced into wedges

1 kumara, scrubbed and sliced into wedges
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon whole seed mustard
1 large orange
Heat the oven to 200 degrees. Grate the skin of the orange (avoid grating too deeply into the skin). Squeeze juice out of the orange. Place all the ingredients in a roasting pan and shake to cover wedges in orange juice, rind and oil.
Cook for about 25 to 35 minutes until golden brown and crunchy, tossing several times during cooking.

5 potatoes
(or kumara)
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder, optional
1/4 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 200°C. Scrub potatoes (don’t peel) and cut into wedges. Place the potatoes, paprika, mustard powder, flour and pepper in a plastic bag. Shake well to evenly coat the potatoes. Heat oil in baking dish in oven for 2 to 3 minutes before adding the wedges. Bake uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes or until the wedges are golden brown and crunchy. Turn once during cooking.  

Healthy family meals on a budget!