Fast Meals

Sometimes, I really just don't feel like cooking but as a frugal family, Take Aways very very seldom is an option. So I have a few really quick meals up my sleeve, for days like this...


2 deboned cooked chicken breasts, finely chopped

6 large potatoes

2 red peppers, seeded and finely chopped

1 tsp of chopped, fresh garlic

1 tin of creamed corn

90g of cheddar cheese

1 tbsp of oil

5 tbsp of mayonnaise

2 tbsp of milk

Cook the potatoes until tender. Halve the potatoes and scoop the inside out leaving a bit of potato behind to help the shell remain firm.

Fry the red peppers and garlic till soft and add the chicken, mayonnaise, creamed corn and season well. Cook this for a further 5 minutes.

In the meantime, mash the potato and milk together and mix the above mixture into the mashed potatoes. Spoon it back into the potato skins and sprinkle generously with Cheddar cheese.

Place it under a grill and bake until the cheese is golden.


Thank you to Michelle Rothman, my friend in far away Switzerland, for this very economical recipe.

1/2 a packet of cooked macaroni

1 x can of corned beef, cut into cubes

1 x 410g tin of tomato and onion mix

50ml chutney

5ml dried oregano

50ml flour

5ml dried marjoram

500ml milk

12ml garlic salt

5ml dried ginger

salt and pepper

200ml grated cheese

In a large saucepan, heat the tomato and onion mix, chutney, herbs and spices, add the flour and stir. Slowly add the milk and stir until the mixture has thickened. Add the corned beef and stir. Add the cooked macaroni and spoon the mixture into a greased ovenproof dish. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake for 20 minutes at 180deg celsius.


40ml margarine

1 finely chopped onion

4 large potatoes, peeled and diced

3 cups mixed frozen vegetables (cubed)

4 cups vegetable stock

1 tbsp whole grain mustard

salt and pepper

1 cup strong cheddar cheese, grated

Fry the onion in the margarine until soft, add the potatoes and mixed vegetables, reduce the heat and cook for approximately 10 minutes until the vegetables are cooked. Add the stock and simmer for a further 20 minutes. Place the soup in a food blender until smooth, return to the saucepan and add the mustard, salt, pepper and cheese. Heat until the cheese has just melted and serve. Serves 4


8 pieces of chicken

250ml mayonnaise

100ml brown sugar

250ml milk

Herbs and spices


Season the chicken well with the salt and place the pieces in an ovenproof dish. Pour the milk into the dish and sprinkle herbs and spice of your choice on top. (I usually use marjoram, sweet basil and chicken spice). Generously spread mayonnaise on top of the chicken. Bake the chicken for 30 minutes at 200deg celsius. Turn the chicken and bake for a further 15 minutes. Turn it around again and sprinkle with brown sugar. Switch the grill on and grill the chicken for 5 - 10 minutes. Serve with rice and vegetables. Serves 4


8 pieces of chicken

250ml cream

300ml chutney

salt and pepper to taste

Season the chicken well with the salt and pepper and place the pieces in an ovenproof dish. Combine the cream and chutney and pour it over the chicken pieces. Bake it covered, for 45 minutes at 200deg celsius. Turn the chicken and bake it for a further 30 minutes. Remove the lid and stir sauce. Bake for another 15 minutes uncovered. Serve with rice and vegetables. Serves 4


250g chopped Vienna sausages

250g grated cheddar cheese

2 tbsp finely chopped onion

2 tsp dried parsley

2 tsp dry mustard powder

3 eggs

2 tbsp corn flour

250ml milk

2 rashers of bacon, finely chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients and bake for one hour at 150deg celsius.


1 cooked, deboned chicken

1/2 a packet of frozen brocolli florets or 500g fresh brocolli

1 tin cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup

1 generous cup of dried bread crumbs

1 cup mayonnaise

fresh lemon juice of half a lemon

1 tsp each of dried mustard powder and curry powder

2 Tbsp margarine

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Place the chicken meat and brocolli in an oven proof casserole dish. Mix the mayonnaise, soup, mustard, curry and lemon juice together and pour this over the chicken. Sprinkle with the dried bread crumbs and cheese and dot the top with the margarine. Bake it at 180 C for about 40 minutes and enjoy!


This is great to keep for those nights after supper when you really crave something sweet plus it is so easy to make.

375ml (150g) unsalted peanuts

1 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of golden syrup

pinch of salt

30g margarine

5ml vanilla essence

10ml bicarbonate of soda

Place the peanut, golden syrup, salt and sugar in a microwable bowl. Microwave on high for four minutes, remove from the oven and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Microwave it on high for three minutes. Add the margarine and vanilla essence and microwave it again on high for three minutes. Stir in the bicarb and stir until light, pour it into a greased tray and spread the mixture with a wooden spoon. Once cooled, break it into pieces.

Return from the fast meals page to the Frugal Living Home Page