Rice – the definition of a food I thought I should have known how to cook but didn’t. So I never made it. Because I was too afraid of being embarrassed by potentially screwing up a food that I thought everybody knows how to make. First of all, so not true – I’d argue most people struggle with rice – hence the microwave bag of rice industry. And this negative thought process used to apply to almost everything in the kitchen which led to a lot of rotisserie chicken with a microwaveable bag of rice meals. Sound familiar? For me, that was the go-to meal Year 1 out of college. It’s time to add rice to the growing list of your kitchen capabilities and trade up to $1.25 Crockpot Turmeric Shredded Chicken and $0.25 and 30 Minute Rice or Quinoa! Also, yes I know that rice and quinoa aren’t the same things – but lucky for you they can be cooked the exact same way! Two delicious, versatile recipes in one post! Lucky you!
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Curry used to be one of those foods that intimidated me because I had no idea what it was! Let me break it down for you. It’s sautéed vegetables with coconut milk, cumin, turmeric, and coriander. Seriously that’s it. Even curry paste is optional to create your favorite curry but feel free to add it if you like spicy food! Once you have the base, you can mix in anything you want – like chickpeas and eggplant to create my favorite curry: $2.25 and 45 Minute Eggplant Curry. Your perfect curry is less than $3 and an hour away!
It’s true that not many things in life are free, but eating a diet full of delicious vegetables does give you access to free vegetable stock. Oh and I forget to mention, it will be hands down the most incredible vegetable stock you’ve ever tasted in your life. Why? Because not only it is made from your favorite vegetables, it’s served with the good feeling of knowing you did something to combat food waste today.
The purpose of this post is to free you from the belief that you need some expensive course or pre-packaged meal kit to learn how to cook! I’ll get right to it – for delicious roasted vegetables, all you need is some fresh vegetables, an oven and a little oil and salt. And 30 minutes. That’s it. You heard it here first – there is no one right, perfect way to roast vegetables. Because every vegetable is different. Everyone has different taste buds and people prefer different textures. Which is why cooking is awesome – it’s not about getting it right. It’s all about what works for you and the ingredients you have. What’s important is that with this template you start with some fresh root vegetables from the grocery store and 30 minutes later you have an undeniably healthy dinner or side dish!
Looking for a meal that leaves you feeling powerful, refreshed and ready to take on anything? Then this recipe is for you. This recipe is an awesome combination of two recipes on my blog – $0.15 Overnight Crockpot Black Beans and $2 and 40 Minute Vegetable Soup. Both incredibly delicious on their own and combined they create something magical! With the cost savings and health benefits, you’ve got nothing to lose and a delicious meal prep go-to recipe to gain!
I’m talking delicious, bulk recipes that require minimal touch time – only a little over an hour for a week’s worth of lunches and snacks – that will delight and sustain you from one lobster dinner to the next.
Vegetable soup doesn’t get enough credit. Too often it’s only used as a get-well remedy instead of a dinner spotlight. This $2 and 40 Minute Soup recipe is here to change all that. Time to throw out those over-salted, super-liquidly, probably expired cans in your pantry and trade up to a vegetable soup you’ll crave for a main course every day of the week.
Meal prepping is all about finding quick ways to make large quantities of delicious food. Which makes this overnight black bean recipe the epitome of a great meal prep recipe! Just 5 minutes of touch time, some planning ahead (you are meal prepping after all…), and $0.15 worth of ingredients per serving and you’ll have created a healthy, versatile dish that pairs with just about any protein or vegetable you can think of!
Not many people are indifferent about lentils (just like Brussels Sprouts!) – either you love them or you avoid them. This straightforward recipe aims to create more lentil lovers by showing how to make delicious, $0.15 per serving lentils in less than an hour with minimal touch time! All these factors make lentils the perfect dish to have cooking away in the background while you meal prep!
Looking for a way to make strides towards your health and financial goals at the same time? Work-week meal prepping is a great place to start! Combine this healthy shredded chicken with frozen vegetables and olive oil and in 30 minutes you’ll have all your lunches for the next two weeks covered. Free your mind to think about more important problems than what you’re going to eat for lunch today!