This amazing little recipe is adapted from the Edmonds Cook Book – it’s a great little recipe that you can incorporate as many or as few vegetables as you like, depending on how much bulk you want it to have. Best of all, it’s that wonderful combination of cheap and delicious that makes it a great recipe for the frugal household.
Begin by boiling your potatoes. You’ll want to do quite a few – I used approximately 1 kg ($1.80). The smaller you cut them the quicker they will cook.
Mash them up with a bit with of butter and milk. I left my husband alone with them, so they also got spice mixed in as well – delicious, but no longer suitable for baby food. Whoops…
Line an oven friendly dish with mashed potato. Pre heat your oven while you’re at it (180-200C).
Set a couple eggs to boiling. Plop them in boiling water and leave for 10 mins for a perfect hardboiled egg.
In another pot, melt a blob of butter.
Have a cup of milk and a tablespoon of flour handy. You’ll want to gradually add the milk first, and then mix in the flour.
Add the flour, and stand there mixing for a few minutes until it thickens and forms a good sauce.
Take your sauce off the heat and add in your tin of tuna, spinach, egg, and any other little additions you like.
I’m using a flavoured tuna so I don’t need any extra spices. This costs about $3 from Countdown (pretty cheap, for your meat for the night! We try to incorporate fish-meals pretty often for this reason, as well as the fact that its a good source of healthy oils).
I’m also using this spinach that I got from the vege co op last week (see my hoard here). I took the leaves off and have been keeping them in my Tupperware VentSmart, and it’s kept them fresh AMAZINGLY well! I’d normally be throwing them out by now, but I swear they haven’t aged a day!
Seriously. Look at them. I ripped them up fairly small to be distributed around the pie.
I’ve also mashed up my boiled eggs – and I’ve made this without them as well, but I swear they add a lot to the flavour as well as being a good source of protein. Well worth the effort!
I just happened to pick the perfect size container (pure luck I assure you). Fill your pie up!
And then top it off with your remaining mashed potato. I sprinkled a little more spice on the top, just for beauty~
Bake it for about 20 mins. It’s already cooked, it just needs to warm through, and make the potato crisp up and go golden.
There we go! We got 4 LARGE serves out of this, and it was absolutely delicious!
I estimate the cost as thus:
$3 Tin of tuna
30 cents spinach
60 cents eggs
80 cents milk
50 cents butter
3 cents flour
10 cents spices
TOTAL – $7.13
OR $1.78 per serve
Feel free to look around at my other frugal recipes under the recipes tab, or read up about my personal challenge to live on a grocery bill on less than $350 a month here. If you would like to join in (adjusting the number for your family size – we are two adults and a baby remember!) let me know how you go and what recipes and tips you find helpful!