Easiest fried rice

rice.jpgThis is a great dish to make when you’re not really in the mood to cook but still want something healthy, filling and tasty.

This is how I was feeling last night…really not in the mood to cook.

When I’m feeling this way I often turn to dishes that I consider to be “semi-homemade.” I’ll use the base of something pre-made such as canned soup, chili or something yummy from the frozen section, and then add veggies and maybe some extra beans or meat to it.

Making food this way is almost always cheaper than getting take out or going to a restaurant and I can keep the ingredients on hand in the pantry or freezer, which is nice and convenient.

For last night’s dinner I heated up a bag of pre-made chicken fried rice in the microwave. Then I fried up 3 eggs for some extra protein (and they were really delicious!). For the veggies I boiled up some green beans and sliced a tomato. It was a fast, easy, delicious and super inexpensive dinner!!

 

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Today’s groceries & dinner prep

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Today’s grocery shopping! Honestly, grocery shopping is one of my favorite things to do, it’s almost like a hobby. Today I picked up a mix of things: a few snacks, some juice and ingredients to make dinner.

I went to my local discount grocer and got a good deal on everything; the total bill was $10.39! Not too bad 🙂

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I’m starting to prep dinner now. What we’re having is:

  • Chicken flavored rice and pasta medley
  • Mixed veggies
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Can of tomatoes flavored with basil, garlic and oregano (forgot to photo this!)
  • And some Parmesan cheese, also maybe some hot sauce to go with it

I can’t remember the price of all the ingredients but the dinner will serve 2. I think it’ll be about $1.80/person.

What are you making for dinner tonight?

Hope you all have a lovely rest of the day!

❤ Becca

Inside my fridge

I always think it’s fun to see what’s inside other people’s refrigerators, it’s like looking into a secret little world. It’s so neat to see what people buy and eat in their every day life.

So today I show you: my fridge!

I’d say what’s inside is pretty typical for my average week; there’s salad dressing, eggs, almond milk, soy milk, sunflower seeds, apples, corn chips, salsa, mustard, assorted veggies and more here and there.

I hope you enjoy! fridge1

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Spicy eggs and corn tortillas: delicious and inexpensive

pepper2This is a last-minute meal that turned out really well! The other night I was busy and ended up needing to make dinner pretty late. I had completely forgotten to cook brown rice or potatoes earlier so I was looking through the fridge to see if I had a “quick” carb that I could use.

I saw a package or tortillas, some eggs and an onion and thought….hmmm…I wonder if there is some potential here. So I looked up recipes ideas online and I found people recommending to cut or tear up some tortillas and fry them first before adding the eggs. I thought this sounds pretty awesome and I have all the ingredients so why don’t I try it out?!

This is a good recipe: it came together quickly and was very tasty. It has all the elements that I really like in a meal: it’s quick, simple, cheap, filling and has a good amount of protein. Dinner for 2 people was about $2 (note: I used inexpensive eggs, they were $1.49/dozen and the tortillas were $2/dozen).

I also like to have a veggie with every main meal. With this dish I served green beans 🙂

This recipe is easy to double or triple if you’re feeding more people. Simply cook it in batches and keep warm.

Spicy eggs and corn tortillas

Serves 2 to 3

9 eggs, whisked together (note: I removed the yolk from 4 eggs to lower the fat level a little bit)

5 corn tortillas,  torn or cut into bite size pieces (but not too small)

2 tablespoons diced yellow onion

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 teaspoons water or milk

Hot sauce, to taste

2 cups cooked vegetables: your choice- green beans, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, etc.

Salt and pepper

Crack eggs in a large bowl, add the water or milk and whisk together. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.

Next, tear or cut the tortillas into bite size pieces and set aside.

Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium and add the oil. When oil is warm add the onion and cook until translucent. Next, add the tortillas and stir with a spatula to coat the pieces with vegetable oil.

When the tortilla pieces begin to brown and crisp slightly pour in the egg mixture. Cook how you would scrambled eggs: let the eggs set slightly and then carefully mix the eggs and tortilla pieces together until cooked all the way through.

Serve with a generous splash of hot sauce and the veggies. I also like mine with a little bit of ketchup. Hope you enjoy!

Hot chocolate recipe: dairy-free and sugar-free

I love dairy but recently dairy just isn’t loving me back and I’m finding that I get fatigue, bloating and just generally don’t feel well when I have dairy products.

I’ve been switching over to non-dairy milks, including almond, coconut and soy milks and I’ve definitely been feeling better because of it, so I think it’s a lifestyle change I’m going to try and stick with (although I do love real Parmesan cheese with pasta that’s a tough one to let go of).

Today was super cold and this afternoon I had a craving for a treat, specifically something chocolatey. However I didn’t want to have a calorie monster like a big slice of cake or a giant cookie and ruin my appetite for dinner, and also possibly bring on a binge.

So I gave it some thought and decided to try and make hot chocolate. I really enjoy hot chocolate, it’s delicious, soothing and warm and felt just right for what I needed today.

I had some of the ingredients at home already but I needed to buy the cocoa powder and vanilla extract.

I like the recipe I came up with, however because I’m not using standard ingredients like dairy milk and white sugar you may definitely need to tinker with it to have it fit your taste needs.  I made it for myself, so the recipe only serves one. As a bonus, it’s  also low in calories!!

The ingredients I used:

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Hot Chocolate: Dairy-Free and Sugar-Free

Serves 1

1.5 cups almond milk, unsweetened (sweetened is fine, you may prefer to use less stevia)

1/4 cup non-dairy creamer

1.5 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon stevia powder, or to taste (note: check the label of your stevia as sweetness levels can vary widely)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch salt (optional)

In a saucepan add all ingredients except the vanilla extract. Over medium heat whisk in all the cocoa powder. When hot chocolate begins to gently simmer turn off heat and add the vanilla extract. Serve and enjoy!! 🙂

Feel better garlic soup

I have a bit of a sore throat today so I thought I’d try some home remedies to see if they help me feel a little better. Garlic is one of my go-to foods to help me feel better, so I thought I’d try and make some veggie garlic soup!

This soup is definitely not a beauty because I barely have any vegetables in the house only green beans – but it is full of garlic! It’s a very simple recipe so feel free to add in any vegetables you’d like.

The nice thing about this soup is that it’s quick to make, only has a couple ingredients and is very tasty!

I forgot to chop my green beans, but it is easier to eat if they are bite size 🙂

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Feel better garlic soup

Serves 1

1.5 cups water or chicken broth

1 chicken flavored bouillon cube (leave out if using chicken broth)

3-4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 cup of chopped vegetables, your choice

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

In a saucepan warm the oil on medium heat. Add the garlic and stir until garlic begins to cook down and turn very slightly brown, about 1-2 minutes. Add the water, bouillon cube and vegetables. Turn heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until garlic and vegetables are fully cooked.

Note: If you are using delicate vegetables such as peas, add them in after the garlic has been simmering for about 5 minutes so they don’t over cook.

Food budget Friday, Dec 2

photo2.jpgWow! Is it December already?? Amazing how time flies!

I’m finally back from visiting my mom in California. I was so happy to spend time with her and enjoy the beautiful nature.

I was over budget this week by about $22, but it’s really no surprise. I’m not too upset about it. Between needing to buy food at my mom’s house, eating out a few times while traveling (at inexpensive places…but it still adds up) and needing to restock when I got home, I’m amazed I’m not over budget by more!

I’ve been traveling a lot recently the last two months, but to be honest I really prefer stability and staying at home. I like being able to stick to my routine 🙂 I’m hoping I’ll be home for at least a month, but then I may be on the road again.

My current grocery budget is $100/week. I eventually would like to reduce that to $75-85/week.

Spending for the week:

  • 11/26: $3.55
  • 11/27: $1.25
  • 11/28: $0
  • 11/29: $30.27
  • 11/30: $9.79
  • 12/1: $49.39
  • 12/2: $28.04

Total: $122.29