Money saving ideas and my favourite things to eat!

Washing Powder

I don’t recall where I got this recipe from originally.

It was probably a combination of TRTLMT & Sistermixen.

 

We do not have jobs where our clothes are heavily soiled so I guess in that respect I am very lucky. To be honest if you have heavily soiled clothes you might find you need to add in more ingredients to take away the tougher stains – The Sard soap is that I use for this part. I suggest making 1 batch and testing it out to see how you like it and adjust accordingly.

For my family this is  a huge money saver. We were going through a 1.5 kg box of Radiant detergent every 3 weeks. At a cost of $12 a box (when not on special it would cost me over $200 per year just for the detergent to wash our clothes.

With the recipe I find it lasts me 2 weeks each batch. A batch costs me $3.55 to make which equals $1.77 per week which equals $92 a year.. HEAPS CHEAPER !.

The ingredients that I use are

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Sunlight (or pure) soap, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 bar of Sard (or stain removing) soap, roughly chopped
  • 315 g Washing Soda (powder)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Chop the soap for approx 30 sec / speed 7 – Use sharp blade ( I have used blunt as well and it is not as fine)
  • I put a layer of glad wrap between the bowl and the lid so the powder does not comes flying out everywhere as it does mill quite fine with the sharp blade.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together 20 sec / speed 7 until it is evenly combined.
  • Use 1-2 heaped tablespoons per wash.
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Creamy Seafood Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 9uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 125g butter
  • medium onion peeled and halved
  • cloves garlic peeled
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 1cups milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • tbsp chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1/4teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
  • 1kg marinara mix
  • cups shredded mozzarella cheese (12 oz)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Put onion and garlic in bowl. Speed 6, 6 secs..
  3. Scrape down bowl and add butter. Cook 5 minutes, speed 1, 100 deg.
  4. Add butterfly to bowl. Add flour & chicken stock paste and cook speed 2 for 2 minutes
  5. Turn machine on 5 minutes, 100 deg, speed 2 and slowly add milk, cream and then water – leaving about 1 minute for it all to cook together.
  6. Add parmesan and ricotta and cook for for 1 minute, 90 deg speed 2
  7. Lay lasagne noodles on base of dish
  8. Layer with marinara mix, white sauce until all used.
  9. Put mozzarella cheese on top
  10. Put in Oven for 40 minutes to enjoy with whatever side dish you like.

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Ranch Hummus

Today is all about the Bellini and what I can make in her to save some time and money this week. With 4 hungry mouths to feed for a week we need to be prepared and organised.

For lunches we pack dips and carrot sticks so today we decided to make our own hummus to try to save money as we usually go through 2 – 3 containers a week.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 * can of chickpeas (400gm)
  2. 1/3 cup greek yogurt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon onion granules
  4. 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  5. 1 teaspoon dried parsley.

Method:

Drain chickpeas and put them into your Bellini. Add all remaining ingredients.

Blitz speed 9 for 10 seconds

Scrape down

Blitz speed 6 for 10 secs.

It leaves it a little lumpy (but yum) so if you prefer your hummus thinner then scrape down again and blitz until your happy with consistency.

As I had all the other ingredients I only needed to purchase the chickpeas so this worked out really cheap for us – coming in at $1.67 to make.

Beef Stroganoff

I have just found out that I am spending the weekend on my own – Hubby off to visit his mum and Miss 10 going to camp for 5 days. So I decided that tonight I was going to try a family favorite in Bella.

Ingredients:

  1. 450 gm Steak
  2. 20 gm Olive Oil
  3. 1 Onion
  4. 3 Garlic Cloves
  5. 400 gm Mushrooms
  6. 1/4 Cup of Water
  7. 1 portion of Tomato Paste (from TRTLMT)
  8. 1 Vegie Stock Cube
  9. 2 teaspoons cornflour
  10. Salt & Pepper to taste

Method:

  • Chop Onion and Garlic – pulse 2 to 3 times
  • Add oil and Saute for 2 minutes, Speed 1, Temp 100
  • Take MC lid off and add sliced beef
  • Saute again for 2 minutes, Speed 1, Temp 100
  • Add tomato paste, water, stock cube and sliced mushrooms
  • Cook for 5 minutes, Speed 1, Temp 100
  • Add Sour cream, corn flour and salt and pepper
  • Cook for 40 minutes, Speed 1, Temp 100

Tip:

Once I took the MC off it stayed off – this allowed for evaporation and for sauce to be not so runny.

Because we are starving hungry tonight I have our rice cooking in the rice cooker at the same time so that I can serve all at once. But you can also use Bella to make your rice as well.

 

Fudge 2

The original recipie for this came from Cheating with Bellini.

I have changed just a little to suit us.

  • 3 Oreo Biscuits
  • 250g milk chocolate buttons for baking
  • 195g condensed milk (1/2 standard tin)
  • 3 rounded teaspoon coffee granules, dissolved in 2 teaspoons of boiling water
  • 60g butter

 

Directions:

1. Put the Oreo’s into the Bellini. Pulse once or twice until biscuits are the required consistency (you want them to still be quite chunky).

2. Put biscuits in another container (no need to rinse the jug). Add all the other ingredients to the jug.

3. Cook on Sp2, 70C for 5 minutes.

4. Add reserved biscuit mixture. Stir on Sp1 for 15 seconds.

5. Pour the mixture into a loaf tin, lined with greased baking paper. Leave it to set in the fridge (overnight worked ok for me) Remove the baking paper and slice into chunks. Keep in fridge until you are ready to eat it.

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Fudge 2

The original recipie for this came from Cheating with Bellini.

I have changed just a little to suit us.

  • 3 Oreo Biscuits
  • 250g white chocolate buttons for baking
  • 195g condensed milk (1/2 standard tin)
  • 1 rounded teaspoon coffee granules, dissolved in 2 teaspoons of boiling water
  • 60g butter

 

Directions:

1. Put the Oreo’s into the Bellini. Pulse once or twice until biscuits are the required consistency (you want them to still be quite chunky).

2. Put biscuits in another container (no need to rinse the jug). Add all the other ingredients to the jug.

3. Cook on Sp2, 70C for 5 minutes.

4. Add reserved biscuit mixture. Stir on Sp1 for 15 seconds.

5. Pour the mixture into a loaf tin, lined with greased baking paper. Leave it to set in the fridge (overnight worked ok for me) Remove the baking paper and slice into chunks. Keep in fridge until you are ready to eat it.

Fudge

I made this recipe from the packet on the back of the fried noodles. I have just doubled it and adapted to suit my Bellini.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Castor Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 4 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Cup of Olive oil

Method

  1. Put all ingredients into Bellini
  2. Temp 90 – Speed 3 – Time 6 minutes
  3. Take off and pour into sterilised jar
  4. Allow to cool and store in fridge

I wouldn’t use for longer than 4 weeks – but generally does not last that long.

I have not been able to cost this out as I had all the ingredients in my cupboard from when I made it last time – when I have to re-buy I will cost it out. I noticed today that you can now buy the dressing from Woolworths pre-made for about $3.00 for 250ml. The recipe makes a litre so I positive that it would be more cost effective.

I will update the post once I have to buy ingredients so that you have a rough idea on cost.
Salad Dressing

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