Cheap meal recipes

As we are a one income family, it tends to be feast (the immediate week after pay) and then famine (the week prior to pay).  There are only so many exciting ways to cook mince (beef mince usually, about $12 a kilo - approx $US9 or 5 British pounds, 1 kilo = approx. 2.2 pounds), and it's becoming harder and harder to find new recipes.  Lamb is incredibly expensive at the moment (because of the drought), it costs about the same as some types of steak.  Vegetarian meals are a no-go because TTO has a pathological fear of vegetables.  Does anyone have any recipes for good cheap meals that their families enjoy, and are willing to pass on?

Feeling much better today, although still tired.

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One of my favourite storecupboard meals is chicken breast (chopped or whole, uncooked), onion (chopped and sauteed) and mushrooms cooked in condensed mushroom and/or chicken soup, to make a sauce. Just slam it in the oven for about an hour, adding some halved white seedless grapes about 20 mins before eating. I usually serve it with rice.
Now that sounds interseting, especially the grapes. Chicken is still relatively cheap, so a new recipe is wonderful (TTO doesn't recognise vegetables if they're in something like a casserole!!!).
TTO doesn't recognise vegetables if they're in something like a casserole

Sounds like Bethan, I have to mash broccoli and carrot up into potato and gravy so that she will eat them. Ellen on the other hand eats fruit and veg as though they are going out of fashion.

Glad you liked the sound of the recipe - the grapes really perk it up.
TTO has such a phobia about vegies that he actually feels ill if he eats them - he wouldn't touch some food when he found out I sauteed onions in it first (had for years, he just never came into the kitchen while I was doing it). He will eat pumpkin soup though - weird kid - thankfully he loves rice and pasta.