So I came up with a plan. I didn't want to give up my discovery-of-great-food process, we wanted to make sure we still had money at the end of the month to spend elsewhere, and he always wants more beans and rice. Seeing as how marriage is all about compromise, we put this all together and decided that one week a month we would do a "meals on the cheap" week, with beans and rice as our base to save the money for the other, more "glamorous" weeks.
Have a moment to see what I came up with.
There you have it! Five nights, five cheap and yummy dinners. A few things I would like to point out:
- You do not see a lot of meat. Beans and rice make a complete protein. We are not opposed to meat, but we like to eat meat-free dishes about half of the time, and this week we just went almost-veggie.
- Originally I planned other things in addition the avocado pizzas and the radish toast as the main portion, but they were so good and we had enough stuff left over, so we went for it. They were YUM.
- I only had to spend one night really cooking (Monday). I made all the beans and rice that day and just spent about 15 minutes in the kitchen on the other days.
- For the "radish toast" nights I included the cost of two pieces of toast, as one was not enough. So that price you see is how much it took us to feel full, not the bare-bones price.
- Total spent on dinner that week (for two): $12.08
- We took similar things for lunch (beans and rice with ground beef/ beans and rice with fried eggs and veggies/ beans and rice with _______ ), keeping our week in total at $40, including breakfast. I know, I amazed even me.
- No, we did not get sick of eating beans and rice every single day. Husband is Brazilian, I have spent considerable time that beans-and-rice-loving-country, and we are both A-OK with it. And if you tasted my beans, you would be, too ;)