Are you still trying to find your footing after a long festive break? The trick is to reach for affordable ingredients such as canned tuna or sardines, and bulk up meals with beans and hearty veggies. All these recipes are ready to serve in under 30 minutes. With less time spent in the kitchen, you have ample time to help any small fry with their homework or put your feet up after a long, hard day.
Kick-start your day with these frittatas. The oven does all the work while you and your family get ready. Add your favourite toppings to the egg mixture: tuna chunks, chopped ham or last night’s leftover vegetables. These frittatas also freeze well so you can defrost them on days when you don’t have the time to make breakfast.
When you can’t afford premium cuts of meat, go for offal. It’s very affordable. This recipe slightly differs from the usual creamy, peri-peri chicken version – and not having to buy cream makes this recipe even cheaper than other chicken liver recipes. It uses the classic South African tomato-based sauce, bhisto, to make a saucy dinner that you can mop up with crusty bread or serve over rice or pap. Get the recipe for chicken livers with ibhisto here.
One-pot dinners are always a winner. Woolies’ ready-made bean salad can be transformed into a filling dinner. This recipe uses lamb sizzlers but if you’re on a budget, stick to affordable boerewors or even swap out the sausage for home-made meatballs.
This recipe is a return to basics, from the hero of no-fuss cooking, Mogau Seshoene, a.k.a. The Lazy Makoti. There’s nothing as homely as a warm pap with gravy, spinach and butternut. It’s a go-to staple in many South African households and with good reason. This classic always hits the spot and will always stand the test of time. If you’re unsure about how to prepare pap, watch TASTE food contributor, Keletso Motau, give you a quick masterclass.
This recipe uses leftover braaied sweetcorn but if you’re not hosting any braais in the forseeable future, canned or frozen (thawed, of course) sweetcorn will work just as well. Serve with cannellini bean dip or bulk up the quesadillas with a big side salad. Get the recipe for leftover quesadillas here.
Racing against the impending loadshedding schedule? This is the dinner to make. This recipe comes together in 15 minutes and we bet it’s about to be a new favourite. Canned smoked sardines are the star ingredients here and add saltiness, smokiness and plenty of flavour to this easy pasta. Get the recipe for sardine pasta here.
“I always say, if you’re exploring a new ingredient (or trying to get kids to eat it), either churn it into ice cream or stack it on a grilled cheese sarmie. This sandwich is the thing you want to find in your lunchbox on a rainy day and is a tasty way to use up leftover broccoli – if there is such a thing!” says deputy food editor, Khanya Mzongwana. Get the recipe for broccoli-and-cheese toastie here.