|The name on everyone's lips, Roxy!|
I figured I'd show some cheap meals I've eaten recently. It is so much more satisfying to be on a budget in the summer, when produce is so much cheaper. I got an English cucumber on sale for eighty cents, and it has been used in two meals, and the rest will be used in a third meal. Not bad. It is harder to get a lot of fresh produce in the winter.
For dinner one night I made oven fries spiced with curry powder and a little extra turmeric. I dipped them in sweet chili sauce, which was an amazing combo. I couldn't get enough of these flavors. Potatoes are the perfect base for spices and flavors.
|Chickpea of the sea melt!|
With the rest of the chickpeas, I made hummus which I used for three meals and one snack, so you can't beat that value. I had gotten dried chickpeas on sale at Sprouts for ninety nine cents a pound, so for less than a dollar I got five meals and a snack.
|Where's my malt vinegar?|
For dinner last night, I of course didn't make what I had kind of planned, instead I cooked a tiny amount of dried black beans I had lurking, and made these delicious twice baked potatoes. Mid day I started craving baked potatoes something fierce, but the beans were already cooking, and also I needed to use this avocado. So, I decided to make twice baked potatoes with black beans, corn, scallions and cilantro. And I also added some nutritional yeast and less than one fourth cup of vegan shreds. These were sooooooo good! Even as a vegan, I used to think that twice baked potatoes needed a ton of earth balance and vegan cheese to be good, but these had no vegan butter and very little cheese and were AHMAZING! These are something I will make even when I'm not on a budget.
To be honest, it feels really good to be eating simply. While I was staying with Derek, I didn't do a lot of cooking for a plethora of reasons, so I was eating a lot of take out, or frozen foods. And my digestion felt it. So, eating all homemade is making a huge difference. It's so funny, when I was a kid, we NEVER ate out, and NEVER ordered pizza. All treats were made by mom. I used to wish we could go out to eat, or get a pizza or something. Or, I wished we could just once have cookies from a box, like normal people. Now, I'm almost a carbon copy in the way I eat. Life is so funny that way.