Our favourite budget-friendly meals


You don’t have to break the bank to make a fabulous meal. The DRUM food team has put together a magazine offering 80 tasty meals that are easy on your wallet. They also share more than 50 ways to save in the kitchen.

Try this dish below. It’s the perfect side to any meal and ideal on its own with a side salad – even non-veggie lovers will approve. It’s all about sprucing up everyday ingredients to create a wholesome meal your whole family will love.


Serves 4

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 45-55 minutes


  • 500g butternut, cubed
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 30ml (2T) olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 rounds feta cheese, cubed
  • 1 roll shortcrust pastry
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • rocket to serve (optional)


Preheat the oven to 200 °C. Grease a baking sheet with non-stick spray.

1 Arrange the butternut cubes and onion slices on the baking sheet and sprinkle the olive oil over.

2 Mix well and season with salt and pepper.

3 Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the butternut is done. Set aside to cool and mix in the feta cheese.

4 Roll out the pastry on a floured work surface. Using a saucepan lid about 18 cm in diameter, cut out four pastry discs.

5 Arrange the discs on the prepared baking sheet.

6 Divide the butternut mixture among the discs, spooning the mixture in a heap in the centre of each. Fold the edge of each disc towards the centre and press together lightly.

7 Brush each tartlet lightly with the whisked egg and bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve with fresh rocket, if preferred.

TIP:  Replace the butternut with any other vegetable that’s in season.

For more tasty recipes, be sure to grab a copy of DRUM Best Recipes: Budget Cooking available in stores now – or email shop@drum.co.za to have your copy delivered to your door.
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