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Money-saving ingredients

Top five healthy, money-saving ingredients you should have in your pantry, and how to use them.

Cost: Starting from $1.80 per kilo

Our favourite modern, healthy way to use rice: Oven-baked pilafs are easy, tasty and endlessly varied.

Vegetable pilaf
Pumpkin and blue cheese brown rice pilaf
Spinach, pesto and lemon risotto cake

Cost: Starting from $3.25 per dozen

Our favourite modern, healthy way to use eggs: Frittatas are a brilliant egg-based meal that helps make the most of leftovers as well.

Café scramble with smoked salmon
Ham, broccoli and kumara frittata

Cost: from $1 a can for tuna or salmon

Our favourite modern, healthy way to use canned fish: Combine with potato in fish cakes or fish pie-style bakes. A great way to make a little go a long way.

Thai fish cakes
Tuna and vegetable lasagne
HFG fish pie

Cost: from $2.80 for 500g dried red lentils, $1.30 for canned brown lentils

Our favourite modern, healthy way to use lentils: Curries, dhals and stews made with lentils or with lentils added to meat are delicious, hearty and super-economical.

Tasty pork with couscous
Lentil and vegetable curry
Chicken and lentil shepherd’s pie

Cost: $2.60 per kilo

Our favourite modern, healthy way to use oats: A tie between crunchy crumble topping over fruit, and as a savoury ingredient in meat loaf or crumbs. Both are healthy and really tasty.

Blueberry and apple crumble
HFG meat loaf
Mixed berry and coconut crumble

First published: Jun 2009



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