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3 Course Meal On a Budget | Under 4$

3 Course Meal On a Budget | Under 4$

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3 Course Meal On a Budget – 3 A three-course meal that includes an appetizer, main course and dessert, the whole meal is suitable for a family of 5 people and all this for a total cost of up to 20$ (4$ per person) and probably even less. Whether you are a student looking to make cheap but delicious meals, or you are trying to save some money on expensive and unnecessary meals, these delicious recipes are designed especially for you!
1 Hour
1 Hour

Strater: Roasted Cauliflower Clorets:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano

Main Course: Chicken Curry

  • 900g (2 pounds) chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 2 onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can (400g/14oz) coconut cream/milk
  • 3/4 (180ml) water
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala (optional)

Dessert: Apple Semolina Cake

  • 1 cup (125g) Flour
  • 1 cup (170g) semolina
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. (175g) Sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) Milk
  • 6 apples
  • 2-3 tablespoons Lemon juice

Starter: Roasted cauliflower florets:

1. Preheat oven to 430F (220C).

2. Cut 1 head of cauliflower into small-medium florets.

3. Place in a large bowl. Add olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, oregano. Stir to coat.

4. Place on a baking try lined with parchment paper. Spay with cooking oil.

5. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.

Main Course: Chicken Curry

1. In a large pan heat oil. Add chopped onions and sauté until golden, over medium-low heat. stir occasionally.

2. When onions are golden add grated garlic and ginger. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft. Add curry powder and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add chicken breast, season with salt and pepper, cook for 5 minutes, until golden. Cover the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Add water, cover and cook 10 minutes.

3. Add coconut milk/cream, season with garam masala and salt, stir, and cook until lightly thickens.

4. Serve with naan bread or rice. 

Dessert: Apple Semolina Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Grease 8-inch (20cm) round cake pan with butter, line bottom and sides with parchment paper. Grease the parchment as well.
  2. In a large bowl mix flour, semolina, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Peel the apples, grate and transfer to a bowl. Add lemon juice and stir. Set aside.
  4. Spread 1/4 of the flour mixture over the bottom of the pan, then spread 1/3 of the grated apples. Repeat this process with the reaming flour mixture and grated apples. In total: 4 flour layer and 3 apple layers.
  5. In a small bowl mix milk and melted butter. Pour milk mixture over the cake and pierce with a fork so the milk mixture will pass through the layers.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cool before slicing.


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