Cheap Eats // Winter Vegetable Egg Roast
First off, this recipe is not meant to be a culinary masterpiece, nor is it meant to require a lot of skill or technique. The whole point here is to make a simple, delicious, healthy meal for mega cheap. I was inspired to do this for a few reasons, the first of which is that life is expensive! In SA with all of these public holidays from March-May, it got even more so! Also, people often think that eating healthily/paleo is way more expensive than ‘regular’ eating. It really doesn’t have to be. There are lots of internet sources which work out healthy meal budget plans.
So my aim here is to make a dinner/lunch meal for 2-3 which comes in at R20-R25 per serving. The idea is that the ‘cheap eats’ meals all contain protein and vegetables, with some of the veg being starchy and some non-starchy. The other thing about this recipe is that it’s kind of supposed to be a ‘take it and bake it’ sort of thing, so whatever veg you have in your fridge at month-end, do it! This is great for an end of the month budget meal if you only have R50 in your account until payday, haha!
- 7 eggs
- 1 small butternut
- 1 punnet of mushrooms
- 1 large green pepper (I used 2 small ones)
- 1 onion
- 4 tomatoes
- 10 slices of salami
- A bit of olive oil
- Salt/pepper/basil/origanum for seasoning
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
- Chop up your butternut/starchy vegetable into small cubes and par-boil for around 5 minutes.
- Chop up all the other vegetables and salami.
- Slick a bit of olive oil into an oven dish (preferably with a large bottom surface area) to prevent sticking. Make sure the sides have a bit of oil too.
- Throw all your vegetables (including butternut drained from its water) into the dish, season with salt/pepper/herbs.
- Break eggs into a separate bowl and mix them as you would do for scrambled eggs.
- Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables (ideally the egg covers the veg) and throw your salami over the top.
- Put that bad boy into the oven and cook uncovered until the eggs have cooked through and most of the liquid from the tomato has evaporated, approximately 20 min.
- *Total cost = R62 (assuming you have salt, pepper, herbs and olive oil at home already). This made 3 servings, so R20,67 per serving :)