Quite a large part of the budget goes to food. However, it is not necessary to spend a lot of money to indulge the household and guests with delicious dishes. From simple, affordable and inexpensive products you can easily make real masterpieces.
You should not save on food! But even taking simple ingredients that are easy to buy at a nearby store or grow on your own in the summer cottage, you can cook tasty, quickly and with minimal cost. Here are some dishes for the daily menu.
Such potatoes can be served as a separate dish or as a side dish for meat or vegetables.
You will need: 1.5 kg of potatoes, 1 onion, 100 g of bacon, 3 tbsp. butter, 3 tbsp. vegetable oil, dried (or fresh) thyme, salt and black pepper to taste.
Cooking. In a small bowl, mix the melted butter and vegetable oil. Lubricate the bottom of the baking dish with the mixture. Peel the potatoes, cut them into thin slices without cutting through, and put them in the prepared form. Chop the onion and spread it over the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, brush the potatoes with the remaining oil mixture and place in an oven preheated to 190 ° C for 1 hour. At this time, chop the brisket into small cubes and fry over medium heat. An hour later, remove the potatoes from the oven, sprinkle with roast bacon and thyme on top and bake for another half hour. If the potatoes begin to burn, cover it with foil. Serve ready potatoes immediately.
Such an omelet can be cooked for brunch at the weekend. And it should be served with a vegetable salad.
You will need: 6-10 eggs, 1/2 tbsp. milk, 500 g of ham, 50 g of hard cheese, 1/2 onion, 1 Bulgarian pepper, 1/2 tbsp. frozen corn and peas, salt and black pepper to taste.
Cooking. Preheat the oven to 200 ° C and lubricate the baking dish with vegetable oil. In a deep bowl, beat the eggs, add the milk. Cut ham and pepper into cubes, chop onion, rub cheese on a coarse grater and add everything to the egg mixture. Thaw and add the corn and peas (you can use one or the other), salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture into the mold and bake for 50-55 minutes or until the omelet grabs in the center. Cool the omelet a little before serving.
Perhaps nothing is easier than casserole. Cut the ingredients, mix, put in a form and wait. And such a dish is very cheap for your budget.
You will need: 500 g boneless chicken breasts, 6-8 pcs. potatoes, 200 g of brisket, 150 g of hard cheese, half-sheaf of green onions, 1-2 cloves of garlic, 1 tbsp. paprika, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, vegetable oil, salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Cooking. Preheat the oven to 200 ° C and grease the baking dish with vegetable oil. In a large bowl, mix 2 tbsp. vegetable oil, paprika, chopped garlic, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Cut potatoes and chicken into cubes, place in prepared marinade and mix well. Let stand for 15 minutes, and then shift into the prepared form. Bake for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Cut the brisket into cubes and lightly fry, grate the cheese on a coarse grater, chop the green onion. Sprinkle the finished chicken and potatoes with brisket, cheese and onions and place in the oven for another 5 minutes. Serve the ready casserole with sour cream or another favorite sauce.
Thick delicate soup will especially appeal to lovers of tomatoes and perfectly diversifies the casual menu.
You will need: 1 liter of tomato juice, 1 liter of water, 2st. pasta, 3 sausages (optional), 200 g of minced meat, salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Cooking. Combine tomato juice and water in a deep saucepan and bring to a boil. Mince salt and pepper, roll small balls and place in boiling liquid. Pour the pasta, sliced sausages, salt and pepper and cook the soup over medium heat until the pasta is ready.
A great option for a quick and easy breakfast.
You will need: 4 slices of toast bread, 4 eggs, 200 g of hard cheese, butter, vegetable oil, salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Cooking. On each slice of bread make a hollow, crushing crumb with a spoon. Butter the edges of the bread with butter. Put the slices on a baking sheet, hammer in the hollow over the egg, salt and pepper, sprinkle with grated cheese and bake the toast in an oven preheated to 180 ° C until the eggs are ready.
Of the usual ready-made dumplings bought in the store, you can cook a rather unusual and even exquisite dish.
You will need: 1 pack of ravioli, 200 g cream cheese, 100 g hard cheese, 1/2 tbsp. heavy cream, 1/4 tbsp. tomato paste, dried spices (garlic, onion, dill), salt and ground black pepper.
Cooking. Pour the cream into the saucepan and put on medium heat. Put the cream cheese and mix well. Add grated hard cheese, dried spices, mix and heat. Put the tomato paste, pepper and salt to taste. While preparing the sauce, boil the dumplings, according to the package instructions. Ready dumplings mix gently with the sauce and serve, sprinkled with chopped greens, if desired.
To prepare this dish you need only three simple ingredients, and the result will pleasantly surprise you.
You will need: 2 chicken breasts, 2 packets of instant vermicelli (for example, Rollton), 2 eggs.
Cooking. Cut chicken breasts into oblong pieces. Crush the noodles with a rolling pin or with a mixer, mix with spices (they are in the packaging with noodles). Beat the eggs well. Dip the chicken pieces one at a time, first into the egg, and then into the pasta breadcake and place on a parchment-laid pan. Bake the nuggets in an oven heated to 180 ° C for about 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite sauce.
Cabbage is available all year round, even if you do not stock it for the winter. In addition, it is cheap and suitable for cooking a variety of dishes, for example, for stewing.
You will need: 1 head of cabbage, 1 onion, 1 tbsp. vinegar, 1 tbsp. Chicken broth (or ordinary boiled water), 4 tbsp. vegetable oil, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black ground pepper.
Cooking. Mix the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a deep frying pan. Chop the cabbage and place in a frying pan, add the onion sliced in half rings and fry for 5-7 minutes over medium heat. Pour in the broth, reduce the heat to minimum, cover the pan with the lid and simmer the cabbage for 15-20 minutes. If desired, sausages and diced potatoes can be put into the cabbage during cooking - so the dish will be more satisfying.
An unusual way of roasting chicken breasts, and the result is a very tasty dish.
You will need: 700 g of boneless chicken breast, 200 g of mozzarella or suluguni cheese, 1 tomato, fresh basil leaves, vegetable oil, salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Cooking. Preheat oven to 190 ° C. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Rub chicken breasts with salt and pepper and fry until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Then put the breasts in one layer in a baking dish, on top of each, place the pieces of mozzarella (or suluguni) and thin slices of tomato. Bake for 25-30 minutes, remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh basil.
These are the same sausages in the dough, only the dough is used, not yeast, but puff, and cheese and crispy breading are added for piquancy.
You will need: 2 sheets of puff pastry, 8 slices of cheese, 8 sausages, 1 tbsp. milk, 2 tbsp. chopped corn or potato chips.
Cooking. Preheat oven to 190 ° C and cover the baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the dough and divide it into 8 rectangles. On each put a slice of cheese and sausage. Form the patties, well pinching the edges. Using a brush, brush each cake with milk and roll in the breading of chopped chips. Put on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown. Serve hot with favorite sauces.
Surely, you also have secrets of how to prepare a delicious dish from a minimum of ordinary foods, which you are not ashamed to treat guests with. Share in the comments!