Let’s get cooking

Simple ways to prepare meals that are nutritious, tasty and affordable. Created by the Addi Road Food Pantry team.

Your Home Pantry

The best way to ensure your meals are affordable, tasty, nutritious and easy to prepare is to set up your home pantry. Start with ingredients you use regularly and expand your pantry as you go.

Canned

• Tomatoes
• Tomato paste
• Tuna and other fish (salmon, sardines)
• Beans (kidney, black etc)
• Baked beans
• Corn
• Lentils
• Chickpeas
• Coconut milk
• Olives or capers
• Fruit (peaches, apricots, pineapple

Basics

• Pasta
• Noodles
• Rice
• Flour
• Rolled oats
• Vinegar
• Oil (olive, canola, peanut)
• Sugar
• Peanut butter
• Soy sauce
• Honey
• Mustard
• Stock (vegetable, beef, chicken)

Fruit & Veg

• Potatoes
• Carrots
• Pumpkins
• Tomatoes
• Salad greens
• Onions
• Garlic
• Ginger
• Mushrooms
• Capsicum
• Apples
• Oranges
• Bananas

Fridge

• Milk
• Cheddar cheese
• Parmesan cheese
• Yoghurt
• Eggs
• Bacon
• Butter or margarine

Freezer

• Frozen corn
• Frozen peas
• Frozen mixed vegetables
• Frozen berries
• Minced meat
• Chicken
• Fish
• Ice cream

Dried Herbs & Spices

• Pepper
• Salt
• Paprika
• Cumin
• Cinnamon
• Oregano
• Chilli powder
• Basil
• Thyme
• Rosemary
• Sage
• Parsley

Tips to save $

Freeze meat that’s on special or close to its use-by date to cook later

Buy vegetables that are in season – they’re fresher and cheaper

Use herbs & spices to add variety to meals you make often

Vegetarian

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Feeds 4Prep 20 minsCook 1 hourIngredients 1 tablespoon olive or other cooking oil 1 or 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 rasher bacon or a small piece of ham, finely sliced (optional) 3 sticks celery, chopped into small pieces 1 large carrot,...

Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Feeds 4Prep 10 minsCook 20 minsIngredients 2 tablespoons cooking oil (olive oil is best) 1 medium to large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed (optional) 2 x 440g tins of tomatoes 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon sugar 500g packet of pasta 1⁄2 cup...

Easy Corn Fritters

Easy Corn Fritters

Feeds 4Prep 10 minsCook 15 minsIngredients 2 x 420g cans of corn kernels(not creamed corn) ½ cup milk 2 eggs 1 cup self-raising flour ½ cup grated cheddar cheese ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon chilli powder (optional) 1 small onion, finely chopped...

Meat dishes

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

Feeds 4Prep 15 minsCook 40-50 minsIngredients 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters 4 tablespoons butter or margarine (for the potatoes) 2 onions, finely chopped 2 tablespoons cooking oil 2 cups vegetables – a mix of choppedcelery, chopped carrots, corn...

Easy Noodle Stir Fry

Easy Noodle Stir Fry

Feeds 4Prep 20 minsCook 10 minsIngredients 2 packets of two-minute noodles 4 tablespoons cooking oil(canola oil is good) 1 medium to large onion, cut in halfand thinly sliced 1⁄2 cup plum sauce or oyster sauce* 1⁄2 cup water 2 cloves garlic, crushed (optional) 1 long...

Chicken Tray Bake

Chicken Tray Bake

This Chicken Tray Bake from the Addi Road Food Pantry team is quick and easy to make.

Sweets

Easy Banana Cake

Easy Banana Cake

A great snack that’s lovely on its own or spread with butter.

Baked Fruit Crumble

Baked Fruit Crumble

Featuring stewed, seasonal fruit—such as apples, pears, or plums—this fruit crumble will be ready to bake in 10 minutes. Delicious with ice cream or cream.

Easy Carrot Cake

Easy Carrot Cake

Prep 10 minsCook 50-55 minsIngredients 2 cups carrot, grated and firmly packed down 1 cup sugar* ¾ cup cooking oil (canola or sunflower) 3 eggs 1½ cups self-raising flour ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon or mixed spice (optional) Butter or margarine for greasing...

All Recipes

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

Feeds 4Prep 15 minsCook 40-50 minsIngredients 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters 4 tablespoons butter or margarine (for the potatoes) 2 onions, finely chopped 2 tablespoons cooking oil 2 cups vegetables – a mix of choppedcelery, chopped carrots, corn...

Easy Noodle Stir Fry

Easy Noodle Stir Fry

Feeds 4Prep 20 minsCook 10 minsIngredients 2 packets of two-minute noodles 4 tablespoons cooking oil(canola oil is good) 1 medium to large onion, cut in halfand thinly sliced 1⁄2 cup plum sauce or oyster sauce* 1⁄2 cup water 2 cloves garlic, crushed (optional) 1 long...

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Feeds 4Prep 20 minsCook 1 hourIngredients 1 tablespoon olive or other cooking oil 1 or 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 rasher bacon or a small piece of ham, finely sliced (optional) 3 sticks celery, chopped into small pieces 1 large carrot,...

Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Feeds 4Prep 10 minsCook 20 minsIngredients 2 tablespoons cooking oil (olive oil is best) 1 medium to large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed (optional) 2 x 440g tins of tomatoes 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon sugar 500g packet of pasta 1⁄2 cup...

Easy Corn Fritters

Easy Corn Fritters

Feeds 4Prep 10 minsCook 15 minsIngredients 2 x 420g cans of corn kernels(not creamed corn) ½ cup milk 2 eggs 1 cup self-raising flour ½ cup grated cheddar cheese ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon chilli powder (optional) 1 small onion, finely chopped...

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

Feeds 4Prep 10 minsCook 35 minsIngredients 1 kg pumpkin 2 onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons cooking oil 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock (you can make this using water and 2 stock cubes) 300 ml milk or coconut milk ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon...

Easy Tuna Pasta Bake

Easy Tuna Pasta Bake

Simple and delicious comfort food. For a tastier and more nutritious meal, you can add corn, zucchinis, and/or mushrooms.

Baked Fruit Crumble

Baked Fruit Crumble

Featuring stewed, seasonal fruit—such as apples, pears, or plums—this fruit crumble will be ready to bake in 10 minutes. Delicious with ice cream or cream.

Easy Carrot Cake

Easy Carrot Cake

Prep 10 minsCook 50-55 minsIngredients 2 cups carrot, grated and firmly packed down 1 cup sugar* ¾ cup cooking oil (canola or sunflower) 3 eggs 1½ cups self-raising flour ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon or mixed spice (optional) Butter or margarine for greasing...