3 Slow Cooker Meal Ideas That Are Budget-Friendly
By Donna H.
Cooking home-cooked meals every day for the whole family can cost you, but food doesn’t have to be expensive to be delicious especially if you know how to budget your money. If you’re on a tight budget but still want to enjoy fulfilling home-cooked dishes with your family, here are 3 slow cooker meal ideas that everyone will love – so will your wallet!
Try these slow cooker meal ideas today:
Coco Sweet Potato Curry
What you need:
- 1 kilogram sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into chunks
- 2 onions, halved and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 red chillies, seeded and sliced
- 2 red peppers, seeded and sliced
- 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 1/4 cups passata
- 2 cups shredded red cabbage
- 1 3/4 cups coconut milk
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Small bunch fresh coriander, chopped (for serving)
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and cook onion until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in garlic amd ginger then season with paprika and cayenne. Pour mixture into a crock pot. Return pan to heat then cook chillies, red peppers and cabbage in 1 tablespoon oil for 5 to 10 minutes before transferring mixture to crock pot. Heat remaining oil and cook sweet potatoes for 5 minutes. Add potatoes to crock pot. Pour passata and coconut milk over everything. Stir, cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours on low. When ready, stir in peanut butter and top with coriander.
Mixed Herb Potato Wedges
What you need:
- 2 large potatoes, sliced into 8 wedges each
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 2 teaspoons oil
- 1 teaspoon dried mixed herb
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
In a large bowl, mix together flour, mixed her and cayenne pepper. Add potatoes and oil. Season with salt and pepper then toss to mix ingredients and to coat potatoes. Transfer to a crockpot and cook for 1 to 2 hours on low or until potatoes are cooked through.
Spicy Garlic Mushroom and Tomato Pasta Sauce
What you need:
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 stick celery, finely chopped
- 1/2 red chili, seeded and finely chopped
- Small bunch parsley (leaves only)
- 2 1/2 cups chopped tomato
- 2 cups spaghetti pasta, cooked
- 1 2/3 cups sliced chestnut mushroom
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Pinch of salt
In a pan over medium high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil then cook mushrooms until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic then cook for 1 minute more. Transfer mixture to a bowl with parsley. Set aside. Return pan to heat, add remaining oil, onion, celery, tomatoes, chili and salt and stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a crock pot and cook for 15 minutes on low. Toss spaghetti with tomato sauce and top with garlic mushrooms.
A delicious meal doesn’t have to be expensive – try these slow cooker meal ideas that are budget-friendly!
Donna H. is a nutrition expert. Although not professionally, she has dedicated over a decade of her life researching and interviewing licensed nutritionists to gain the knowledge she has today – all for the love of healthy eating and dieting. She is an avid slow cooker and has contributed countless of recipes to countless popular websites.
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