A budget recipe that is tasty, warm and for the whole family

When the temperatures drop, we don’t only reach for our jerseys and scarves, but also for more warming foods. The majority of us turn to food for our comfort needs, more so in winter.  Our bodies also require more food to burn more energy to help us stay warm.

Typical winter foods in South Africa includes stews, soups and oven-baked dishes. These types of foods are healthy, hearty and with a few clever ideas also very good for your budget.

Here are a few budget-friendly tips and a tasty, warm recipe for the whole family:

  1. Buy less expensive cuts of meat without sacrificing on the quality.  Bones provides good nutrients and also adds delicious flavours to stews and soups.
  2. Use frozen vegetables, during winter they are cheaper than fresh produce out of season.
  3. Extend meals by adding legumes, more vegetables and grain.
  4. Include eggs as a staple protein in your meals.
  5. Make use of leftovers.  Use it for the next lunch or dinner or possibly as part of a lovely soup.

Sweetcorn Pie
Serves 6

Shopping list:

  • 300ml milk
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 5 slices of brown bread (remove crusts)
  • 410g can of Sweetcorn
  • 300ml cheese, grated
  • 2 teaspoons mixed herbs spices
  • 2 dessertspoons butter/margarine
  • 2ml salt and pepper


  • Pre-heat oven to 160C
  • Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl
  • Pour into greased oven dish
  • Bake in oven for about 50 mins

If you are struggling to feed your family due to large amounts of debt, please give Debt Rescue a call.

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