Millennial Eats Series

I recently have faced a challenge with my finances and budget due to the fact I work part time and also study part time.

Like most millennials my age I am also struggling to pay bills and the strain part time work is having on my finances is incredible. So I recently decided to focus on one of the biggest costs of living – FOOD!

The series is designed to focus on budget friendly food, and to help manage waste too!

Have you ever noticed those big grocery chains advertising ‘feed your family for $4 per person or less’ etc. but then read through the recipe and you have to have enough money to buy for a recipe that feeds four people with leftovers!

What happens if you don’t want to spend $16 on that one meal and eat the same leftovers for a week. What happens if you don’t have the time or the space to cook or freeze multiple meals? What if you just want to make a cheap meal for 1 person.

That is what inspired this series – Millennial Eats.

How it works

The Rules:

#1 – The recipes don’t take into account the purchase of the 20 following pantry staples, as they last for ages and nobody buys these items everytime they pop up in a recipe.
Try and buy the following items when they come on sale or on special.

15 PANTRY STAPLES;

  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Powdered Milk
  • Olive Oil
  • Soy Sauce
  • Fish Sauce
  • Oyster Sauce
  • Butter
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Dijion Mustard
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Sesame Oil
  • Chicken or Beef Stock Cubes ( depending on your flavor preference)

 

There are also 5 Pantry Spices that are not considered part of the purchase in your recipes as you won’t buy them every time you need them in a recipe.

5 PANTRY SPICES:

  • Sesame Seeds
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Ground Cumin

 

About the recipes:
Each recipe is designed to use the cheapest ingredients on sale and makes generally 1 or 2 servings.

There are exceptions for recipes that are easily frozen or stored when large quantities can be made cheaply of course (like my eggplant lasagne or popcorn recipes).

The Price Brackets:

$5             –                 $7                       –             $10

There are 3 brackets that each meal can fit into and these are what the whole recipe can cost up to. For example the $10 bracket does not mean it will cost $10, it means it won’t cost over this amount.