Budget. Cost efficient. Be resourceful. Use up ingredients on hand.
These are things that are very relevant around here. Especially since I didn’t have a steady source of income this summer, I really have to be careful with my food budget – if I wanted to, I could spend a ton of money on good ingredients. Mostly because I like so many flavors and cuisines, and love to experiment in the kitchen if I can.
But these days, meals have been a lot of “see what you can make with the few things you have on hand”. I think I’ve gotten pretty good at it.
fridge items: tempeh, carrots. pantry items: cha soba, nori, sesame, seasonings/oils/vinegars.
meal: sesame soba with stir fried tempeh cubes
verdict? delicious. not the most produce-heavy, but still reasonably healthy and definitely delicious
fridge items: egg whites. pantry items: protein powder, almond flour, spices and things
meal: simple protein pancake
verdict? I’m not a big pancake person, but it was a filling and tasty breakfast.
fridge items: avocado, hummus, random veggies. pantry items: bread, mustard, spices
meal: toast with smoky hummus/avocado mash and mustard, veggie munchies on the side.
verdict? I should have eaten slower! I was thoroughly impressed with this lunch.
pantry items: things you win/get for free at HLS!
Wild Harvest popcorn. I want more.
Convince your roommate to order Indian food! (well, it didn’t really take much convincing)
Mmm tandoori. I had a chicken craving, and ran with it. It was so worth it, but I have discovered that I don’t love the way chicken makes me feel. So this probably won’t be a regular occurrence (veggie = lighter), but it was darn tasty.
Then, you go grocery shopping, and have a huge mixing bowl salad with a roasted local eggplant that cost 50 cents at the local coop. Life is always better with veggies
You work with what you’ve got.
Do you have any favorite creative budget meals? Links welcome!