How Cheap Can I Eat? April 2023 Edition

Food prices have sky-rocketed. Every South Africans budget could use a breather. Use our recipes to feed a family of 5 for under R100. If you are cooking for only one or two, remember to freeze leftovers and make your money work for you. Remember to tag us on social media with your photos of your delicious budget-friendly meals.

Find out how cheap can you eat with these easy recipes:

Spaghetti Carbonara – Feeds up to 5 people for approximately R80

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe


4 rashers of bacon, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

3 eggs

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste.


  • Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions.
  • In a pan, fry the bacon until crispy. Add the garlic and fry for another minute.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and parmesan cheese.
  • Drain the spaghetti and add it to the pan with the bacon and garlic. Turn off the heat.
  • Add the egg and cheese mixture to the pan and stir everything together until the spaghetti is coated in the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

One-Pot Chicken and Rice – Feeds up to 5 people for approximately R85

Hot Pot chicken & Rice recipe


4 chicken thighs

1 onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 cup long-grain rice

2 cups chicken broth

1 tsp paprika

Salt and pepper to taste.


  • Season the chicken thighs with paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • In a large pot, heat some oil over medium-high heat and brown the chicken thighs on both sides.
  • Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the pot and fry until softened.
  • Add the rice and stir to coat it in the oil and chicken fat.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and bring everything to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the chicken is tender.

Tuna and Sweetcorn Pasta Salad

Tuna & Sweetcorn Salad Recipe


500g pasta

1 can of tuna

1 can of sweetcorn

1 red pepper, diced

2 tbsp of mayonnaise

1 tbsp mustard

Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a large bowl, mix the tuna, sweetcorn, red pepper, mayonnaise and mustard.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the bowl and mix well.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 min before serving.

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