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Australian mum shares how she meal prepped 25 budget-friendly dishes with her $50 grocery shop

Mum-of-three wows with her impressive meal prep session that includes five dinners, three sides, 40 snacks and dessert for just $50

  • A Sydney mum has revealed how she made 25 meals for her family for just $50 
  • Hannah Phelps spent an hour and a half cooking the meals for her family of five
  • She made five dinners, three sides, a dessert, 40 snacks and vegetable stock

A thrifty Australian mum has shared how she made 25 delicious meals for her family using just $50 worth of groceries. 

Hannah Phelps, from Sydney, said she spent just an hour and a half cooking up the healthy meals using an in-season $6.98 pumpkin for her family of five in a post to Instagram.

With her budget grocery haul, the mum-of-three made five dinners, three side dishes, a dessert, recess for her two boys for a month and stock paste all from scratch and with minimal waste. 

A Sydney mum-of-three has revealed how she made five dinners, three sides, a dessert and a month’s worth of lunchbox snacks for her family of five using just $50 worth of groceries

Hannah Phelps (pictured) said she spent just an hour and a half cooking up the healthy meals using an in-season $6.98 pumpkin for her family of five

Hannah Phelps (pictured) said she spent just an hour and a half cooking up the healthy meals using an in-season $6.98 pumpkin for her family of five

‘When cooking from scratch it not only means your food is healthier, and adaptable to different dietary requirements, but it also means you can use cheaper items by adapting recipes to using in season or cheaper alternatives,’ she told FEMAIL. 

‘I’m all about no waste so absolutely nothing gets thrown out in our house. Whenever I cook, I save the ends of veggies or any extras and store in the freezer and once I have enough I make a stock paste.’

With the help of her Thermomix, Hannah made two batches of pumpkin soup, a family-sized caramel mud cake with chocolate glaze, risotto, mac and cheese, vegetarian chilli, two frittatas eight doughnuts, eight muffins and stock paste. 

Hannah said half of the cake as well as the muffins and doughnuts will give her around 40 lunch box snacks for her two boys aged 10 and seven. 

Hannah made two batches of pumpkin soup, a caramel mud cake with chocolate glaze, risotto, mac and cheese, vegetarian chilli, two frittatas eight doughnuts, eight muffins and stock paste

Hannah made two batches of pumpkin soup, a caramel mud cake with chocolate glaze, risotto, mac and cheese, vegetarian chilli, two frittatas eight doughnuts, eight muffins and stock paste

All the ingredients, including pantry staples like salt, butter and flour, cost Hannah less than $50 and every meal can be frozen so it doesn’t end up in the bin.    

‘The food is freezable to I use reusable containers that can go in the freezer and then into the oven,’ she said.  

‘This means as a busy mum on week nights I can pop them in the oven on a low heat to warm through. Mum win!’

What Hannah made from her budget-friendly $50 grocery shop

What she bought:

A whole 5kg pumpkin 

Milk

Cream

Butter

Flour

Raw sugar

Tasty cheese

Chocolate

Eggs

Pasta

2 x tomatoes

Risotto rice

1 tin of kidney beans

Left over veggies and salt used for stock paste

A few spices that are pantry staples like cumin

What she made: 

2 x batches pumpkin soup 

1 x family sized pumpkin mud cake with chocolate glaze – served as a lunchbox snack and as a family dessert with homemade custard

1 x bacon and pumpkin risotto 

1 x pumpkin mac and cheese 

1 x hearty vegetarian chilli 

2 x spinach, pumpkin and cheese frittatas

8 x pumpkin donuts 

8 x Oat and pumpkin muffins

1 x batch of stock paste

 

 

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