Toasted sandwiches that actually taste amazing

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 If you’re on a budget, the first thing area you’re probably going to be looking at is the money that goes on food. The thought of cutting your food budget down can be daunting, especially if you are stuck on the idea that you need to be eating luke warm packet ramen and plain rice with beans. As delicious as beans can be, it get can old real quick and end up making you feel miserable. Seriously, this doesn’t have to be you. Eating cheap can really kick start your savings, but it doesn’t have to be boring!

A personal favourite of mine is of course the toasted sandwich! They are cheap and you can add your own personal twist on them. Best of all, they are super cheap and will keep your belly and your wallet full! Here are a few of my favourites that I love to make!

 

 

Baked beans and cheese

Baked beans might be a cheap classic, but this doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious! These can go for a tin that serves 2 people for under $1 and are a great source of protein and fibre.

What do you need:

  1. Jaffle maker (toasted sandwich maker)
  2. Bread
  3. Butter (butter is a great thing to have in the cupboard since it’s cheap, and provides great flavour to a lot of dishes)
  4. Bakes beans
  5. Grated cheese (you can get a bag of this for about $4 and only need to use a small handful per sandwich).

Note* I use Bio cheese, since I prefer to go dairy free, you can get a bag for around $7 and lasts me for about 6 sadwiches.

What to do:

  1. Heat up Jaffle maker (Sandwich maker)
  2. Butter 2 pieces of bread (just one side)
  3. Place buttered side of one piece of bread on the jaffle maker
  4. Layer beans and cheese on the bread and place second piece of bread with the buttered side facing up
  5. Close jaffle maker and wait until ready!
  6. Serve as is, or with some tomato/barbeque sauce for an extra hit of flavour

 

The Aussie

Is there anything more classic Australian than vegemite and cheese? Whether you’re in Australia or anywhere else in the world, vegemite is often available at your local supermarket or grocery store and they often have large jars going for quite cheap!

If not, you could always substitute the Vegemite for something similar that’s available for cheaper at the time.

 

What do you need:

  1. Jaffle maker (toasted sandwich maker)
  2. Bread
  3. Butter (butter is a great thing to have in the cupboard since it’s cheap, and provides great flavour to a lot of dishes)
  4. Vegemite
  5. Grated cheese (you can get a bag of this for about $4 and only need to use a small handful per sandwich).

What to do:

  1. Heat up Jaffle maker (Sandwich maker)
  2. Take two slices of bread and butter both sides
  3. Butter one side of the bread and spread vegemite sparingly
  4. Place plain buttered side of one piece of bread on the jaffle maker
  5. Add grated cheese
  6. Close jaffle maker and wait until ready!
  7. Serve as is

The Mediterranean

 

Now this one sounds a little bit fancy, and it does use some interesting flavour combinations, without the expensive price tag!

For this one, I go to the deli section at the grocery store and get a small tub of marinated eggplant, capsicum (bell peppers) and sundried tomatoes. They normally adds up to around $7 for all of that, not bad!

What do you need:

  1. Jaffle maker (toasted sandwich maker)
  2. Bread
  3. Butter (butter is a great thing to have in the cupboard since it’s cheap, and provides great flavour to a lot of dishes)
  4. Marinated vegetables (eggplant, capsicum (bell peppers), sundried tomatoes
  5. Grated cheese (you can get a bag of this for about $4 and only need to use a small handful per sandwich).

What to do:

  1. Heat up Jaffle maker (Sandwich maker)
  2. Take two slices of bread and butter one side of each
  3. Place plain buttered side of one piece of bread on the jaffle maker
  4. Add grated cheese
  5. Add marinated vegetables
  6. Close jaffle maker and wait until ready!
  7. Serve as is, or with some olive oil mixed with dukkah and balsamic if you want to really make those Mediterranean flavours to shine!

 

So, when trying to save money, don’t be fooled that you will be stuck eating packet food forever. There are so many ways to make yummy comfort food on a budget. Sometimes you just need someone to kick start your imagination! Here’s my favourites for now, I’ll be posting more soon, along with many other recipes I use to stay on track with my savings!

X Emily

 

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