Cheap & Easy Dinner Meals

Cheap & Easy Dinner Meals

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Slow Cooker Honey Soy Noodles

slow cooker noodles


(serves 2)

  • 300g Chicken Thigh (Raw)
  • 100g 2 Minute Noodles (wholegrain)
  • 10g Honey
  • 160g Broccoli
  • 10g Cornflour
  • 20ml Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1tsp Sriracha
  • 2 tsp Tamari
  • 1 cup Chicken stock


  1. Mix corn flour with 2 tablespoons of cold water in small bowl and set aside.
  2. To slow cooker add chicken to bottom. Top with soy, honey, teriyaki, sriracha, tamari, corn flour water and chicken stock.

  3. Mix until combined. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

  4. In the meantime, cut broccoli into small florets and set aside.

  5. Once chicken is cooked, break apart using tongs. Add broccoli to slow cooker and cover to cook for 10 minutes. Add uncooked noodles to slow cooker and press down to submerge in liquid. Additional stock can be added if required to ensure noodles cook. Cover and cook for a further 10 minutes.

  6. Using tongs mix noodles with chicken and broccoli before serving.

Nutrition (per serve):

Calories: 414 | P: 37g | F: 9g | C: 47g

One Pot Pesto Pasta

one pot pesto pasta


(Serves 4)
  1. 280g Pasta (Raw)
  2. 160g Basil Pesto
  3. 520g Chicken Breast (Raw)
  4. 280g Broccoli


  1. Heat pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add chicken and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until cooked through. Using two forks shred chicken and set aside.

  2. Replace water and bring to a boil. Add pasta to pot.

  3. Cut broccoli into small florets. Place wire rack over pot of pasta and add broccoli florets on top to steam. Place lid on top and steam broccoli for 10 minutes or until pasta is cooked.

  4. Drain pasta water and add pesto, chicken and broccoli to pot. Stir to combine.

Nutrition (per serve):

Calories: 564 | P: 44g | F: 20g | C: 52g 

 Butter Chicken Meatballs

butter chicken meatballs


(Serves 4)
  • 500g Chicken Mince (Raw)
  • 480g Butter Chicken Sauce (Pre-packaged)
  • 200g Capsicum 
  • 200g White Rice (Raw)
  • 1 x White Onion


  1. Prepare ingredients: finely dice onion and capsicum.
  2. In a bowl combine chicken mince and onion. Mix together using hands and season to taste with salt and pepper. Create 1 tbsp sized meatballs and set aside on plate.
  3. In the meantime, cook rice as per packet instructions.
  4. Heat pan over medium high and apply a light spray of oil, if necessary. Add meatballs and cook for 2-3 minutes each side, until cooked through. Add butter chicken sauce and capsicum to pan, mix to combine. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Add rice to container or bowl and top with butter chicken meatballs and sauce.

Nutrition (per serve):
Calories: 463 | P: 31g | F: 15g | C: 52g

Budget Fried Rice

budget fried rice


(Serves 4)
  • 400g Bacon Rasher (Raw)
  • 500g Microwave Rice (Basmati, Jasmine, Long Grain)
  • 400g Mixed Vegetables (Frozen)
  • 8 tsp Soy Sauce


  1. Microwave rice as per packet instructions.
  2. Finely dice bacon.
  3. Heat pan over medium heat apply a light spray of oil, if required. Cook bacon for 3-4 minutes. Add frozen vegetables to pan and cook with bacon for 2-3 minutes. Add rice to pan with soy sauce and stir to combine.
  4. Cook for 3-4 minutes and enjoy!

Nutrition (per serve):
Calories: 410 | P: 15g | F: 18g | C: 47g

Budget Asian Pork

budget asian pork


(Serves 4)
  • 500g Pork Mince (Raw)
  • 60ml ABC Kecap Manis 
  • 280g White Rice (Raw)
  • 200g Green Beans


  1. Cut ends off beans and cut into 1 inch pieces.
  2. Heat pan over medium heat and apply a light spray of oil, if required. Add minced pork to pan and break apart using spatula. Add ABC and cook for 4-5 minutes while continuing to break apart. Add green beans and cover pan, reduce heat to low and cook for 3-4 minutes, until beans begin to soften.
  3. In the meantime cook rice as per packet instructions.
  4. Serve pork with rice.

Nutrition (per serve):
Calories: 461 | P: 30g | F: 7g | C: 69g

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