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quick & easy budget meals


Easy Penne Lasagne Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients 250g penne 250g beef mince 250g pork mince 690g passata (pureed tomato) salt and pepper, to taste Âź cup basil, chopped Âź cup parsley, chopped 375g ricotta 1 cup grated tasty cheese

1. Place penne in a saucepan of boiling water and cook for 12 minutes or until al-dentĂŠ. Drain. 2. Place beef and pork mince in a frying pan and cook for 5 minutes. Add passata, salt and pepper and herbs and cook a further 2-3 minutes. Stir through pasta. 3. Mix together ricotta and cheese. Place half of the pasta mixture in a baking dish. Top with 1/3 of the ricotta mixture and spread with a knife. 4. Repeat with remaining pasta and ricotta mixtures then grill for 5 minutes or until cheese turns golden brown. Serves 4

Nutritional Information/ Per Serve Calories: 492, Fat: 9.94g, Carbs: 52.31g, Sugars: 8.42g, Fibre: 3.30g, Protein: 46.80g


Asian Herbed Noodle Salad Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients 500g thin Spaghetti 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken breast meat 3 carrots, grated 2 zucchinis, grated and blanched 1 cup basil, chopped 1 cup mint, chopped ½ cup coriander, chopped 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted 1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 12 minutes or until al dente. Drain well and place in a large mixing bowl. 2. Add chicken, carrot, zucchini, basil, mint and coriander and mix well. 3. Mix together sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce and oil and stir through salad. Refrigerate until needed. Serve topped with pine nuts. Serves 4 Note: To blanch is just to immerse in boiling water then drain and run under cold water. This can be made the day before and refrigerated so the flavours develop Nutritional Information/Per Serve Calories: 549, Fat: 10.20g, Carbs: 85.57g Sugars: 11.62g, Fibre: 2.88g, Protein: 26.00g


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