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Budget Friendly Meal Prep Ideas

Budget Friendly Meal Prep Ideas

It’s no secret that Australians are starting to feel the burn of the increased cost of living. With grocery bills having grown between 9-10 percent since the end of 2022 – the main culprit being pricey produce – it’s time to reconsider what we’re buying and how we can make our money go farther.

To help out, below we’re sharing some meal prep ideas to take you from breakfast to dinner. All key ingredients are available for purchase from your local Woolworths and Coles. These products won the 2023 Product of The Year Awards, the world’s largest consumer-voted awards program that recognises product innovation and serves as a shortcut for shoppers helping them to save time and money.

Get inspired and creative with these options:

Coles Rolled Oats Value Pack 1.8kg

If you’re on the go, but are wanting to avoid purchasing your breakfast from the local café in the city that is charging $10 for a dry croissant, overnight oats are a fantastic stress-free breakfast option… Adding some peanut butter or frozen strawberries will take it to the next level, hit the spot and keep you full until lunch. Rolled Oats 1.8kg (RRP $3.10)

Coles Flavour Creations Homestyle 8 Veg & Chicken Soup 430g

Pre-made soup is always quick, easy, and delicious meal for a busy workday. While we all love the homemade option, with the Flavour Creations Homestyle Veg & Shredded Chicken Soup, you are cutting the cost of buying all of the vegetables for a meal, reducing waste and eliminating prep time. Pair this soup with your favourite bread and you will to devour on your lunch break. Vegetable Soup 430g (RRP $3.80).

Coles Finest Certified Carbon Neutral Beef Scotch Fillet Steak and Coles Sweet Potato Chips

Finally, one of the best meals of the day: dinner. One of the best summer meals is an outdoor BBQ, and pairing it with chips and a salad completes the experience. If you want to keep the meal cheap just combine the Scotch Fillet and Sweet Potato Chips. If you want a little green on your plate, add a garden salad with a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. Scotch Fillet (RRP $22), Sweet Potato Chips (RRP $6).

All items can be purchased from either Woolworths or Coles.

About Product of the Year Australia (POY):

POY is the world’s largest consumer-based awards, with over 5,000 Australian shoppers voting for their favourite supermarket products. The POY awards recognise product innovation and serves as a shortcut for shoppers, saving them time and money when finding the right products. Shoppers can be confident when buying Product of the Year category winners as they undergo a rigorous testing process. A panel of judges, comprising of various industry experts, first tested the products for quality, credibility, and innovation. The resulting product finalists were then reviewed and voted on by 5,000 Australians.

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