FRUGAL FEBRUARY VLOG 2 – Zero Waste, Chemical Free, Food Budgets, PLUS COOK BOOK GIVEAWAY!

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  1. Canna you’re always beautiful, but the last few videos you’re glowing! Gorgeous!
    My go to is Crockpot Taco Soup, there are so many ways you can make it and hide veggies for picky eaters. There are always leftovers and about $.98 per serving. Even my 7 year old loves it.

  2. My frugal Healthy meal is "breakfast cookies : Oatmeal+eggs+honey+small small amount of Kodiak pancake mix+avocado oil +backing powder+ whatever else you feel like (frozen Blueberries/peanut butter/dark chocolate chip/etc) Save me a lot compare to protein bars or frozen breakfast sandwiches I eat otherwise , so expensive 😬 And it's like eating a bowl of oatmeal with eggs but more fun and practical in a cookie format and my toddler loves it . Also no processed sugar , unhealthy oil, potentially gluten free if you don't use pancake mix and really customisable 😁👍

  3. I am also doing frugal February! Have been waiting for one whole year for this!!! 🧡 Thank you for the giveaway! My favourite wellness edible thing, is actually a juice of celery, lemon, apple and ginger. Super frugal, suoer healthy and so intoxicatingly refreshing! 🤪

  4. Awesome tips for Frugal February! I love making spaghetti squash with homemade marinara sauce! It's super easy and fast and much healthier than pasta spaghetti. 🙂

  5. I loved this. It's hard to be truly frugal with kids (big and small). That cookbook sounds amazing. My healthiest frugal recipe is my version of a zucchini slice in summer when my neighbours are throwing zucchini at me. Grate one or two, add a little grated carrot, chopped onion, red capsicum, corn kernels, leftover bacon or ham, four or five eggs and some grated cheese and throw it all in a lasagna dish. Top with sliced (free from neighbours too) tomatoes and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper or paprika and bake until cooked through. We get six large servings from it and eat it with or without salad for a filling and nutritious meal for a few days. I also have a recipe for a tuna slice that's similar for a change.

  6. A red lentil dhal is one of my fav healthy and frugal meals. It’s quick too and you can add extra veggies like spinach or cauliflower too.

  7. I'd love a copy of the cookbook Canna. My favourite and most frugal meal is a Roast Chicken. I live by myself and I find that if I roast a whole chicken at home its a very frugal meal. I tend to get about 4 main meals out of one and a couple of sandwiches as well. Once the Chicken is cooked, I break it down into separate containers and freeze. My favourite way to roast it is to stuff the inside with onions (which go sweet when roasted) and then to make little incisions under the skin and place small pieces of garlic. Then I top it off with raw honey (which I buy in litre buckets from a local supplier for $10), and dust it with spices. I roast it in a bench top oven which cooks it thoroughly but leaves the meat tender and moist.
    I use the chicken in pasta dishes, home made fried rice, home made pizzas, sandwhiches etc.
    I could buy a roast chicken from the supermarket, but I find these too salty. This way I know what Im eating.

  8. Nespresso can't recycle all of their pods. You can actually buy reusable pods from Biome that fit the nespresso machine! they even have coffee grinders, so the coffee can fit in their pods

  9. Favourite frugal recipes in our family are for Dan and I Potato, Leek and Lentil Soup, for the children their favourite frugal recipe would be Baked Beans on Toast!

  10. Hi my favourite frugal mean is actually a beautiful salad with tinned rosemary sardines, chickpeas, feta, balsamic vinegar and of course colourful veges. Looks great, 2 min to prepare and surprisingly filling.

  11. Oh wow! We love trying out new frugal recipes! Ive been doing a one pot ratatouli lately. And usually i have a lot of the ingredients already left over from the week, but they are cheap to buy anyway. It is seriously yummy, and works well with a side of pasta or just on its own, or a grilled chicken. Then there is plenty left over for lunches the next day.
    Love all your frugal tips, esp the reviewing the grocery budget and plan. We’ve started doing this regularly, and its amazing how much you can save. We found going once a week saves heaps, esp on the impulse purchases and treats!

  12. My favorite healthy frugal dinner it’s baked eggplant. I came upon this recipe one night I didn’t have my groceries for the week but I didn’t want to order take out either. I opened my fridge and found eggplant, tomatoes and cheese and leftover salad, it turned out perfect.

  13. My most frugal meal is my spaghetti bolognese, with 700g minced beef and all the veggies/half chopped bits in my fridge I was able to get 7 dinners for our family of 4. (Just add pasta) This last batch had over 9 different veggies in it, and not a single complaint from the kids!

  14. Oooh my frugal but healthy meal is my Friday dinner. Come the end of the week we have lot of vegetables that are beginning to go abit yucky and we always have eggs. I whip up a big quiche with the eggs, milk and vegetables we have left in the fridge to not waste and it’s frugal! 🙂

  15. I am lucky enought to have chooks and an awesome veggie patch. So my frugal dinners for 2 adults and a 4 year old can be anything from scrabbled eggs, omelettes to frittata. Basically a free meal meal!

  16. Hi Canna we love your channel as we currently work on our debt monster ‘bill’. We use the $1000 project to ‘kill bill’ which we found in your book. We would love the cook book! My 11 year old daughter loves this soup, which is also hearty and filling and frugal. 3 cups chicken stock, 1 large red onion diced, 2 celery sticks chopped, 50g bacon chopped and fried (optional), 2 garlic cloves crushed, 500g sweet potato chopped, 1 cup green lentils (pre cooked), 1 can diced tomatoes, 250g broccoli (in small florets added at the end). Cook onion, garlic, celery and sweet potato in 2tsp olive oil, add stock, bacon, lentils and tomatoes. Simmer until sweet potato is tender, add broccoli and simmer 3 more mins. Serve with chopped fresh parsley. We cook a double batch and freeze portions. I defrost the night before and my kids take to school for lunch in their food thermos flasks instead of buying tuck shop! They love it.

  17. Our frugal but healthy dinner is ‘throw together pasta’! I get a packet of pasta out of the cupboard and use all the little bits and pieces from the fridge to make a home made pasta sauce. It usually consists of things like leftover olives, capsicum, feta, tomatoes from our tomato plant (I try and grow as much as we can in our small rental backyard to save on money), onion and garlic. It’s amazing what you can throw together at the end of the week using things from the fridge that would otherwise go in the bin!! It’s always a hit too, and there’s usually leftovers that we both take to work for lunch the next day, so essentially we get 2 meals for 2 people out of it!

  18. Pumpkin and chickpea curry! I can make 8 serves for less than $10, it freezes well and its absolutely delicious.

    1x butternut pumpkin – peeled and diced into 2cm cubes
    1x brown onion, diced
    4 cloves of garlic diced
    2x cans of drained canned chickpeas (can use dried which would be even cheaper)
    2x cans of diced tomatoes (or dice up tomatoes that are getting to the end of their life)
    1x can of coconut milk
    1Tbs garam masala
    1 Tbs paprika
    1 Tbs ground coriander
    1 Tbs cumin
    Salt, pepper, ground chilli to taste

    Brown the onion and garlic, then add all other ingredients into a pot. Cook on low-mod heat for 40 mins or until pumpkin is soft.
    Serve with rice – I usually add a dollop of natural yoghurt as well

  19. my healthiest/ frugal meal is definitely my morning oatmeal. I always throw chia seeds and a mix of hemp and flax and other things called "skinny B" and then brown sugar. Its yummy and filling and I can't remember when I last bought any of the ingredients because they all last so long.

  20. My favourite frugal dinner is risotto. I make it with rice, stock cubes, garlic and onions, and dried herbs from the cupboard and add any leftover veggies like mushrooms or peppers. Cooked low and slow it takes on a really creamy consistency and great flavour.

  21. Tuna and vegetable burgers. Tuna, Egg(holds it together), Celery, Tumeric, Garlic, Celery, Zucchini, Salt and Pepper. You have them as burgers or on their own for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner! The recipe makes 6 so that's three meals for me. Under $10.00

  22. Hi Canna, love your channel! Just a quick tip re filming- try looking into the lens of your phone when filming, not the screen. That way it will look more like your looking into viewers eyes (and not to the side of screen) when you publish your videos. Great content though, keep it up. Xx

  23. Read other comments about the sound and went ahead to listen. I love what you did with your coffee pod…..good job!
    My healthy but frugal meal would be a can of salmon or tuna (always on a good sale between supermarkets in Australia) and loaded with salad. I also add either brown rice or quinoa as again, for what you get from a packet it is cost effective. Canned beans are a great addition.
    My salad dressing is either balsamic vinegar or lemon juice, olive oil and salt n pepper.
    It really is a cost effective meal and sooooo good for you and healthy.
    Aldi sell big bags of salad leaves or spinach n rocket for $3.99.
    I would soooo love to win that cookbook as i love healthy style cookbooks💕

  24. i love lasagne's! we have an abundance of zucchini growing at the moment and eggplant is cheap over here in New Zealand so i normally slice those up and cook in the oven for a bit for the layers and then do a mince mixture with a whole lot of veg added in to bulk up the mince! i have a thermomix like you and chuck whatever veges are looking a bit old from the fridge in there and give it a blitz and then fry up with the mince & some canned tomatoes, you can even chuck the whole brocolli in , stalk included – easy, healthy and lots of hidden veges and tastes better than normal lasagne with pasta, especially the next day!!

  25. My plumber told me never to put coffee grounds down the shower drain, and he has unclogged drains where gobs of coffee grounds were stuck, some long enough for things to be growing in them – have you heard this?

  26. Hey Canna. I've been getting some great ideas from you for reducing waste. I've noticed our ratio of recycling to garbage is increasing. So thank you for being a positive influence!
    The easiest meal I can whip up is a quiche. 10 eggs, splash of milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg, veggies (frozen spinach and cherry tomatoes) and some feta cheese. With pre-made pastry its a quick and cheap meal that i always recieve compliments on. I often put it in the oven and go shower/get dressed. I would love to try out some of the recipes you've tried 🙂

  27. Hi Canna, totally inspiring again, love your vlogs!! I like to do a chickpea, sweet potato and spinach curry, this has to be one of the most nourishing, healthy and long lasting meals I enjoy making. I alway have fresh garlic and ginger and the spices in my kitchen so the remaining items are super cheap and I can make enough for my elderly parents and 2 lots of meals for me and my hubby. xxx

  28. Hi Canna! As always, love your videos! I wish I had a healthy meal to share with you, but my family really struggles with healthy eating due to picky, picky eaters. I would love to learn more about delicious and healthy meals my family would enjoy!

  29. Hi canna! Love your frugal feb videos. My frugal healthy meal is leftover chicken and rice from the night before fried up with some veggies and an egg… make the most delicious stir fried rice!! The whole family loves it. Xx

  30. My favorite frugal dinner is Slosh – peeled tomatoes diced, boiled eggs diced, diced raw onion & white vinegar mixed together. You can eat it as a salad or on bread, My grandmother taught me this and it is sooo yummy! You can also add any other left over vegetables too 🙂

  31. My fave frugal healthy meal is peanut butter smoothie bowl (recipe is phobe Parsons) but it’s one frozen banana, frozen zucchini, table spoon peanut butter, table spoon maple syrup and a table spoon of cocao powder blended, pop in a bowl and I have what ever fruit / nut topping I have on hand ! Quick, simple and delicious! I’m not sure if this has been mentioned any where but what is the recipe for the homemade body wash ?

  32. Great video. My favourite frugal, no waste recipe is an asian chicken veggie soup. I take random chicken bones and veggie bits (tops of carrots etc) and freeze them. Once I have a big bag I chuck it all in the slow cooker, fill with water, and put it on low for 10 hours. Pop it in the fridge then strain and remove fat from the top to make your homemade stock. Then i sauté fresh ginger and turmeric (about a teaspoon each), random bottom of the crisper veggies, diced (carrots, zucchini, whatever you have), add stock, a spoon full of fish sauce and buckwheat noodles. simmer for 10 minutes. Optional toppings could include sliced chilli and lime slices.
    My dog Phoenix also gets dinner via the discards of the stock cooking process (without the fat and bones).

  33. Keep it up! Frugal Feb has already passed the half way point… I've been encouraging my wife to participate with me doing frugal Feb (at least the lite version). We've been reviewing our finances and cutting back on unnecessary expenses, cooking at home, and saving money on our regular expenses like insurances… in 15 mins I saved $70 on my monthly ute insurance alone, for the same cover and excess just by switching to another provider!

    Today for Sunday fun-day I took my wife and son for a hike at a national park in our local area. My son loves it because I carry him on my back, and at 15kg he adds a great weight training element to the climb!

    We normally would go out for breakfast after a hike like this, but today we just took some keto friendly bacon and eggs to cook on the bbq at the picnic area. It was great!

  34. My most frugal and healthy meal is five ingredients. We grow our own tomatoes and bottle sugo each year so we cook up one bottle with garlic and onion for 40 minutes. Add to pasta with some Parmesan and the whole family is happy and content! Winning!

  35. Hi Canna, my recipe that I love to use is zucchini slice. I always have the ingredients at home and can always add extra veges to avoid throwing them out x

  36. I make pasta e fagioli with translates as pasta with beans. It is chap and healthy though it does make you a rather unappealing bed partner the next day.

  37. My favorite healthy, frugal meal is stir fried spiralized vegies with a tomato, capsicum and garlic sauce with a large can of tuna mixed in. You can use any straight vegies (my faves are zucchini, sweet potato and swede). I spiralize the vegies and cook as much as I need for me for a meal. The uncooked, spriralized veg will keep in the fridge for about a week without a problem. I love this and cook it at least once a month!

  38. I‘m a big fan of cook once – eat twice! poach 1 chicken breast on Sunday, then I very thinly cut 1/4 for school lunches (and my salad) then Monday eve add to loaded stir fry vege for dinner that night.
    I do the same as Lisa previously mentioned- with spaghetti mince, it becomes taco or nacho mince, then add to wraps w cheese and spinach and it’s another meal all together.
    Another fav for cool once eat twice is cooked chook easily becomes chicken sandwiches/wraps for lunches, add the remainder meat to pasta with basil and tomato and final use bones to make chicken broth for easy chicken noodle soup 👌🏽

  39. Hi Canna! Mi super frugal Sunday lunch will be..baked pasta with as fresh product just the basic tomato and onion sauce BUT the most of it will be any kind of Saturday night leftover..here in Italy we’re used to cooking basically everyday from scratch and you cannot throw away the leftovers or your granny’s sprit will haunt you…they were the epitome of frugal indeed 😜 have a great day🤗

  40. I make a vegetarian omelette. I can use any of the left scraps of veg in the fridge which won't really make a meal otherwise, salad on the side to use that up. I make a chilli and garlic oil and that can be drizzled on the salad, a little goes a long way and the seasonings make the Omelette and because they're seasonings, they last month's but make the difference in recipient, such as Italian herbs and tumeric really brings out the egg flavour 🙂

  41. I love making pasta with mushrooms and diced butternut squash with a little bit of sour cream. It costs under £5 and you really can have it over at least two days if you dont mind eating the same thing!

  42. Hi Canna! My go to frugal and easy meal is turkey mince, mixed with a good vodka or tomato sauce, served over spiralised zucchini!

  43. Hi 👋, my super easy and frugal meal would be pasta with garlic butter and chopped broccoli 🥦, my kids loving it and super cheap to make 🤩

  44. We also have a labrador who needed to shed weight, and we've had the most success with swimming at the pet physio. She shed about 5kg just swimming once a week for about 6 weeks – good luck!
    My favourite fungal dinner is fish pie, so delicious.

    500g marinara mix

    450ml milk

    5 medium potatoes potatoes, chopped, boiled and mashed

    100g butter

    2 tablespoons flour

    150g frozen peas

    1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

    3 hard-boiled eggs, sliced

    Juice of 1/2 lemons

    50g grated cheddar cheese

    METHOD

    Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 170°C.

    Step 2

    Place marinara mix in a baking dish, season with salt and pepper and pour over 400ml milk. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes until fish flakes away slightly. Remove mix, reserving milk.

    Step 3

    Cook potatoes in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and keep warm. Melt half the butter in a saucepan, stir in flour and cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes.

    Step 4

    Slowly add reserved milk and continue to cook until thickened. Add fish, peas, parsley, egg, lemon juice, salt and

    Step 5

    Mash the potato with the remaining 50ml milk and the remaining butter until smooth, then season. Pile the fish mixture into a 1 litre-capacity baking dish, spoon the mash on top and smooth with a spatula. Trace a pattern into the mash with the tines of a fork and sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.

    It is so delicious.

  45. We used to have a pod machine but realised there was a lot of waste. We bought a small actual coffee machine. We use grounds for scrub and there is zero waste .. And delicious coffee! It does take a bit of getting used to, but we love it now. Your videos have changed how I think about money and set my husband and I up for a really good future. Thank you.

  46. My favourite frugal meal is roast chicken with lots of veggies. From the leftovers we make frittata, soup. chicken pies or pasta. We get about 3-4 meals from it. Easy to do and eat a number of times from one cook. The cook book looks lovely and seems to have a great variety. Thanks

  47. My most frugal meals are to invite all my friends around for Sunday lunch and they have to bring their leftovers from the week. Kinda like a pot luck but we make new meals from all the leftovers (mostly veggies or salad that haven't been eaten all week) or grazing plates with odds & ends from our collective fridges & pantries.

  48. Every week I blend up a can of beans (cannelini, kidney, chickpeas, black beans, etc) with lemon, garlic, parsley, beetroot or whatever is leftover in the fridge. It makes a healthy and delicious bruschetta topping or vegetable dip that lasts all week. Perfect for snacking.

  49. Great video – thanks so much for taking the time to create it.

    My favourite frugal meal is Indonesian soup which my kids adore (this recipe feeds a family of five big eaters!!)

    Make a paste of a 5cm knob of ginger, 1 chilli, half a red onion and 4 cloves/tsp of garlic.

    Fry with 1 tablespoon of peanut oil and add 1 tb of tumeric and 1 squirt of lemongrass from the tube (this is optional if you dont have these ingredients on hand)

    Fry until fragrant and add 8-10 chicken drumsticks to coat. Add 2 litres of chicken stock and then move to a warming drawer or slow cooker.

    Leave all day whilst at work (or 5-7 hours) and then come home and remove the chicken bones/skin, add some chopped coriander, spring onions, hard boiled eggs (optional) and a packet of cooked vermicelli noodles)

    This would be delicious using tofu instead of chicken or just using the eggs… if you do just use the eggs you would only slow cook it for a few hours.

  50. Hi Canna! Great video as always 🙂 My best frugal and healthy recipe is frittata with eggs, spinach, sautéed onion, grated zucchini (which has been strained of excess water), chopped broccoli and finished off with the remnants of any cheese you’ve got in the fridge. Great to get veggies into the kids and lunch for the next day. Keep smiling and keep the videos coming xx

  51. My Most frugal meal is yayla soup which contains water, a hand ful rice, greek yogurt, egg and dried mint. It is my absolut favorite and it is made in 5-10 Minutes

  52. I'd love a copy of the cookbook. My most frugal meals are when I use my fridge and pantry to do a Masterchef style Invention Test. I use up veggies before they go bad, condiments that have been lingering, and beans, noodles etc from the cupboard. I create something new each time, and enjoy the challenge aspect of making new food combinations that will work.

  53. Bit of a bro-science recipe, but I'll bite.

    – Four servings of wholemeal pasta of choice – I used to use the organic wholemeal spirals from Aldi
    – 1 x 425g tin Ocean Rise tuna in olive oil. Any kind of tinned tuna works but I found the olive oil variety had the best flavour and was less prone to ending up dry and flaky than tuna in springwater.
    – 1 x 400ml tin Remano diced tomatoes (Italian herb + garlic if I'm feeling too lazy for fresh herbs)
    – Fresh greens of choice – I used to use a couple of handfuls of baby spinach or some lightly steamed broccolini or asparagus, whatever I felt like when I was doing my shop.

    Everything goes pretty much straight from the can to the pan and it's done in 10-20 minutes, so this was a great timesaver.

    When I was living in Australia as a traveling, single professional this was my #1 go-to recipe because I could keep most of the ingredients handy without them spoiling if I got called away at short-notice. I was on a relatively strict bodybuilding diet at the time as well and it was quite macro-friendly.

    As a side-note on cost/waste efficiency with your coffee, have you looked into a reusable capsule for your machine? I couldn't tell exactly what type you use but a few brands (Nespresso, Keurig etc) have aftermarket capsules that you can fill with your own ground coffee, clean out and reuse.

  54. Our fav frugal dinner is salmon carbonara. Tinned salmon, pasta and carbonara sauce, chuck in some frozen spinach and done😘

  55. We love a dish that is a tomato base (onions/celery/carrot etc with tinned tomatoes). Then you add chopped up pumpkin and some pomegranate molasses (a once off purchase that lasts for ages). It’s a super versatile,
    cheap and tasty meal on its own or as a side with bread or mashed potato or pasta.

  56. Hi Canna! I am so sorry to hear about your dog! I hope he feels better soon!❤️ Good job on trying to stay on track! 👌🏻🤗

  57. Recipe for the sinuses:
    1 cup of boiled water + 1/4 tsp of pure SEA salt+1/4 of a tsp of bicarb (baking SODA, not powder) . Mix it together, bring it down t body temperature and rinse both nostrils with syringe at least twice a day. I do that with my family instead of buying saline solution.

  58. I shop for a 2 weeks for breakfast lunch and dinner, i buy Everything in bulk fresh veggies and fruit no junk if I want to eat something savoury or sweet I will make them at home and also when I go shopping I refuse to buy anything in plastic I have my own Reusable bags so I can put the fresh veggies and fruit in them,I also decided to go frugal this whole year trying to save and not use anything plastic everything organic and do my bit for the environment that’s all

  59. Healthy and frugal for me means using what I have already and that will get eaten, rather than wasted, by my kids. That being said, my favourite healthy and frugal meal is baked potatoes with ‘leftover’ toppings like frozen taco mince, frozen curry, last bits of cheese grated, leftover bacon crumbled, spring onions from the garden… etc. 😊

  60. Falafels definitely my favourite budget meal.

    Tin of chickpeas, 2 tablespoon of cumin & coriander, 1 tablespoon of flour. Bit of fresh parsley if you have. Blend up in a food processor & shape into balls & shallow pan fry. Serve with lettuce & tomato in some Lebanese bread.

  61. I made a vegetarian moussaka tonight, tinned lentils and tomatoes make it super cheap! The eggplant was on sale and I have plenty of leftovers for lunches 😄 I think the cheese I like to put on top was the most expensive part, but buying a big block and grating it yourself is another easy money saving tip!

  62. What a lovely giveaway!!!!

    Our favourite frugal meal is: San Choy Bow. It’s quick, easy and healthy.

    You can opt to use chicken/turkey mince. Or a great vego/vegan option is to use lentils or tofu. Combine a few veggies and serve in lettuce cups!!! So yum! Enjoy! X

  63. Hi Canna, I love your vlogs! I'm curious what your tips will be for lowering your grocery bills. We are a family of four and a dog, with two very hungry teenage boys. Our weekly grocery bill is Eur 250, this is around AUD 395. Which is huge, our prices for food are a bit more expensive than in Australia and are wages are lower. It is a lot but this is for 3 meals a day and all snacks and coffees for 4 persons during 7 days. I have no idea how to bring these expenses down!

  64. Hi Canna, that fish meal you made sounds good, you should do a tutorial so I can get the recipe as I am always wondering what to cook. My frugal meal i make when veggies are about to go off is chicken breast scored, I paste abit of pasto then I slice the veggies that I have that are soft and top it with cheese slices and basil and then baked for 45mins. The first 30mins covered and then the last 15 uncovered. I served this with grill tomatoes that are way to soft to add in a salad. Plus I never really know what I am making until I open the fridge and see what needs to be used. Lol surprisingly my frugal meal turned out pretty good. Lol xx

  65. My favorite healthy meal is actually vegetable chicken soup! We have enough for lunches for the week and I prep it on Sunday to make my week lunch menu easy and frugal! Thank you for all your inspiring ideas!! I don’t miss a video

  66. Hi canna in regard to saving money but helping Giuseppe lose weight. I stopped buying dog treats and I started to give my golden retriever Ella cut raw carrot 🥕🥕🥕🥕🥕, cucumber, apple etc… it saves me money and she lost weight.

  67. I’d loove ❤️❤️❤️to win the book! 🍆🍆🍆🍆🍆🍆. My frugal home made meal that is budget friendly and feeds quite a few people is
    A recipe with rice, chicken, spinach and tomato paste, chicken broth, parsley. Adding lemon juice to serve. It’s a one pot recipe and it’s awesome.

    I use a pack of chicken tenderloins, a pack of baby spinach or a bunch of spinach whatever you prefer, 2 cups of chicken broth, salt, pepper and fresh parsley (homegrown by my Italian Aunty).

    Cut chicken in strips and cook in pan, then add the rice (long grain or basmati) with olive oil… let it go through
    Then add 2 tablespoons of tomato paste… then once it’s fried up and mixed add the baby spinach….
    Then slowly the chicken broth.
    Let it simmer over 15-20 minutes watching it and adding the broth slowly
    Add salt, pepper and at very end add the chopped parsley to your taste.

    Once in the plate, add lemon juice to your taste!
    It’s delicious and nutritious. Budget friendly as we cook up enough for a few meals to heat up for work.

    I also like to make a Greek salad or lettuce salad to serve. I buy ingredients that have been on sale that week.

    This meal is great for winter or summer and it’s great to be able to use one pot and not have a lot of things to wash up
    So it’s super environmentally friendly too. 🥬🥬🥬🥦🥦🥦🍆

    We no longer buy take always or eat out as we are being frugal and we are being healthy. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😎

  68. My favourite frugal recipe is one-pan sweet potato and quinoa pilaf. At $2 per serving it is healthy, delicious and won't break the bank.

  69. you know you can add a few raw ingredients such as a handful of cherry tomatoes or the next day slices of cucumber instead of mixing 5raw ingredients for a salad

  70. Hi Canna, have you tried pastry-free egg muffins for your packed lunches? They're so easy to make, use up all your leftovers (meat, fish, cheese, veggies) and are very healthy. Kids tend to love them, too, and you can make enough on a Sunday to last several days. Great with some salad. x

  71. My healthiest frugal meal is lentil & tomato soup, packed full of protein and healthy veg, we love it – it's our go-to regular meal. I spice it up with turmeric & cumin for added health benefits. x

  72. Hi Canna! My favorite healthy/frugal meal is teriyaki salmon with fresh green beans sprinkled with rosemary infused salt. So delicious!

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