Australian mum shares her favourite low effort  meal that only takes five minutes to make


Savvy shopper shares the four-ingredient $3 recipe she swears by when she has no food and can’t be bothered to cook – but admits it’s a little ‘weird’

  • A thrifty mum has shared her favourite low effort weeknight meal for under $3.75
  • The four ingredient healthy recipe can be prepared in under five minutes
  • Other home chefs on the hunt for a bargain were thrilled with the simple recipe 

An Australian mum on a budget has shared her simple and nourishing $3 meal hack for when she doesn’t feel like cooking – and she only uses four main ingredients.

The home cook admitted some people may find the simple curry recipe ‘weird’, but she said it has become a staple in her home.

Fellow bargain hunters were grateful for the five minute recipe and eager to try it out with their family. 

‘I can offer a super quick recipe that some may find weird, but some may like for $3.75,’ the mum said when she shared her recipe on popular Facebook page Simple Savers.

‘When you are starving and you just cannot be bothered cooking, but you want something nutritious and not heavily processed and unhealthy, I mix this together and it’s now a staple that I really like.’

The simple curry recipe requires an 80c tin of lentils, 95c tin of coconut milk, and a $2 packet of broccoli and cauliflower florets from Coles.

The mum just tosses all of the ingredients in a pot and cooks them together until the curry is boiling.

Budget curry recipe: 


* One can of lentils

* One can of coconut milk

* Broccoli and cauliflower florets

* 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder

* 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

* Salt and pepper


* Put all the ingredients in a saucepan on a high heat and wait till it starts to boil

* Stir the curry and combine the ingredients

* Serve the dish in a bowl. Leave it to cool down and it should thicken up quickly

‘It’s nutritious and covers a few food groups,’ the savvy saver said.

Lentils are a budget-friendly source of fibre, while broccoli, cauliflower and coconut milk are all rich sources of vitamin C.

The mum uses seasoning she already has in her cupboard to spice up the recipe, including curry powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

‘So you can give it a go if you’re stuck for ideas, saving money, or just want something super quick and different,’ she said.

‘It’s so cheap and so quick. Literally a meal served in under five minutes.’ 

She recommends adding legumes, rice, noodles or proteins like chicken or tofu to bulk up the recipe.

Bargain hunters from the Facebook group loved the simple recipe. 

‘So good. Baked beans on toast no more,’ one mum commented.

‘Thanks for sharing, sounds like something my family would like,’ another wrote.

‘Tried it tonight, it was delicious. Ate too much. Still some leftover for tomorrow,’ another said.



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