Do you want to know what my first Indian restaurant experience was like? I dragged my husband, at the time just my boyfriend, almost kicking and screaming to an all you can eat for $9.99 lunch buffet at the newly opened Indian place close to our University. I was determined to have a little culinary adventure. Some friends came along and we all politely took small samples of everything. A little chicken curry, a little fried cauliflower, a single piece of naan (pffft!! Who can eat just one piece of naan?!?). Let me tell you what- they got me hooked on curry (and naan, ooooh naan!). The selection of vegetarian food is also ahhhmazing!
Honestly? I paused for quite awhile before deciding to share this recipe. It is very simple as far as curries go. On the other hand, this is the first curry that I could make reliably (and I have tried more than a few). Usually I look at the ingredients list for an authentic curry and my eyes glaze over. So many spices that are not on my pantry shelf… And the short cut recipes? They usually fall well short of my expectations. This recipe is different.
Everyone should have one. A household absolutely shouldn’t be asked to run without it. A great beans and rice recipe, that is! Beans and rice are cheap, healthy and a wonderful comfort food.
This beans and rice recipe is simple, consisting of only pantry ingredients. I make it every week for my husbands lunches. Left overs are used as a side to accompany any Tex-mex dishes that are on the dinner menu for the week.
Canned beans are a more frugal protein source than meat. But if you are looking to cut your grocery budget to the bone, dried beans can definitely help you out! Not to mention, they are healthy and take up a minuscule amount of pantry space.
But dried beans take forever to soak and cook! Nobody has time for that!
You would think that dried beans would be much less convenient than canned, but you would be wrong! I’ll explain how to make pounds of prepared beans with moments of hands on effort.
Would it be cool to flaunt your new clothes and flash your brandy-brands?Would brandy-brands exist?
It seems to me that many brands exist for the sake of having their logos plastered across their customers chests, or breast pockets, or purse, you get the picture. Their names are so much a marker of quality as they are a signal that “Hey , look at me! I spent a lot of money on this thing. I must be super successful. Grin!” Or sadly and more accurately. “I know what is cool, too. Please don’t make fun of me. Sheepish grin…”
The weather is turning colder so that means more soups and stews. It also means I’m trying a few new recipes this week.
The garden is putting out the last of the harvest. I’m excited about the variety, but sad that the food from the garden is coming to an end. I’m freezing the excess tomatoes and drying dill to use over the winter in addition to using up the last bits and pieces of vegetables in stir fry early on in the week.
Last week was my first week to fill out a weekly meal plan. I learned that I need to get a better handle on portion control! I made sloppy joes one night and had left overs for three more meals! Oh well, we really like that sloppy joe recipe so it was no big deal and we were happy to have the leftovers. That just meant that I pushed some of the meals I planned for last week to this week.
Filling out the meal plan really did help with making the grocery list at the beginning of the week. Speaking of grocery shopping I scored some awesome deals after labor day.
This is the first time for me to post a weekly meal plan. I have been thinking about trying out meal planning for awhile because it seems to be a technique frugal bloggers/authors often employ. Some frugal folks go gung-ho and monthly meal plan. I figured I would start small and see where it takes me. I thought about the following pros/cons of weekly meal planning…
Pros of Weekly Meal Planning:
You can match up weekly grocery store sales with the meal plan for the week
It is easier to match up meals with your weekly schedule
It is easy to match up with a weekly budget
I grocery shop weekly so it is easier to grab a few extra ingredients for a new recipe I am wanting to try
It is easier to predict what you might “feel like” eating, based on cravings lately, weather etc.