Monday, April 12, 2010

Make this: what we've been cooking lately

It is no secret we're trying to save money around here. With big house projects looming on the horizon, one income, dogs that decide they need a spontaneous vet visit, and a shopping habit to abate, I'm all about saving money where I can.

Jake and I love cooking and do it frequently. Yet, in evaluating our finances for the last few months, we realized our grocery bill was rather high. I think we got in the habit of trying these fancy recipes with lots of ingredients- hence the large bills. If you read the same foodie blogs I do, you might feel that the only way to have a great dinner is to become a gourmet chef. 

 Well over the last week, we made three different recipes that involve few ingredients, not much time, and yet tasted great. Some people are very intimidated by cooking but it really isn't that hard, especially if you start with simple recipes like this that involve shortcuts and such. 

What we made:

 1) (Not pictured) A mexican salad - hearts of romaine bagged lettuce, canned fiesta corn, black beans, chopped tomato, and spicy ranch dressing with chicken on top

total cost: about $10 (but the ranch dressing can be used multiple times) for 4 servings

2) Faux Chinese (picture on left) - chicken soaked in peanut oil with schezwan spices, stir fried in peanut oil with soy sauce, along with stir fried green beans (in the same peanut oil/soy sauce stir fry), and white rice

total cost: $6 (for green beans and chicken - had everything else) for 2 servings

3) chicken with a spinach salad  (picture on right) - chicken marinated in herb/garlic sauce, cooked on the stove in more of the marinade, spinach salad tossed in vinegarette dressing with feta cheese

total cost: $7 (for the chicken, marinade, and spinach - had dressing and feta) for 3 servings

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