I have over spent my budget on food this month and now I have 8 more days in my credit card billing cycle and only $20 left for food. Do you think it will last? I have some food in my pantry and refrigerator but I am going to have to get really creative. I need to plan on breakfast for one (me), dinner for two, and lunches for just me. On the weekend, though, I’m not sure how that is going pan out.
I’m at work thinking about what I am going to make for dinner and stressing out a little bit. I do have plenty of rice in the pantry, also a half a box of pasta, some canned beans, tortillas, and dried lentils. I have some tomatoes and romaine lettuce that I bought yesterday. I also bought apples, oranges, and bananas yesterday. I have plenty of condiments and spices, too. As I list what I do have, I realize that there are options there.
Today is day one of the 8-day challenge. I know I will not need to go to the store to buy anything today but I don’t know what will happen in three days.
I have been following some really great blogs about cooking on a budget. I am going to explore and search recipes! Also, if you have any tips please feel free to share them. I thank you in advance!
Let the challenge begin!
I absolutely love Alicia Silverstone’s book, The Kind Diet, where I found this fantastic recipe. Here is the final product of the recipe and trust me, it tastes even better than it looks. The recipe made a pretty large batch so I took my leftovers (this stew gets even better the next day) to our office potluck. It was a hit! Everyone was asking me for the recipe. I put it over cooked Arborio rice and topped it with fresh chopped cilantro. Even my carnivore boyfriend liked it and got full with one bowl.
Last night I was especially tired. I had gone on a long run yesterday morning and a ended up staying late at work. By the time I got home, I was hungry and wanted something quick to eat. Good thing that while I was out in the field for my job, I went passed one of the best Mexican bakeries in Tucson, Estrella bakery. This place has the best tortillas! They are so authentic and delicious. If you are ever in Tucson, you must go to this little, humble bakery.
Armed with delicious tortillas and a can of vegetarian refried beans in the pantry, all I needed to make was some delicious rice for an amazing bean burrito. I am kind of on a saffron kick right now, so I decided to make yellow rice. I used Arborio rice because the brown rice I had in my pantry was just not going to work for this. Arborio rice is usually for risotto but cook it like regular rice and it is still has a nice tender texture without the creaminess.
I started out with some oil in my pan and sauteed garlic, white onion and the rice until the rice was slightly toasted. Meanwhile, I steeped some saffron threads in salted water. Once the rice was toasty, I poured in the saffron water, brought it all to a boil, then covered the pan, and cooked like regular white rice. Yum! It came out sooooo good and it only took about 15 minutes.
I cut a tortilla in half then spread the refried beans, put on the rice, added some chopped cilantro, green onions, and fresh tomato – done! Delicious weeknight dinner perfect for taking in front of the TV to eat while I watch New Girl.
I went ahead and made a burrito on a full tortilla with the same ingredients so I can have it ready for my lunch today. I am going to take some salsa in an empty baby food jar and I’m sure I’ll be the envy of the office. I skipped my morning run today for an extra half hour of sleep but will show my body some love later with an hour of yoga. Happy Wednesday!