I’m on a major food budget and I really don’t like cooking or cleaning up. This isn’t really a recipe, but it’s something I make in big batches and bring to work with me almost every day. I feel good about eating it, it’s filling, it’s cheap as hell, and it’s easy to change it up. I don’t have a name for it because it’s not a recipe so much as a suggestion of things that you can eat together?
Anyway, here’s what I usually use:
- 1 cup of brown rice
- 1 cup of quinoa (sometimes I skip this bc quinoa is kind of expensive but I use it when I can and adding it to rice is a good way to stretch the quinoa)
- 1 can of beans (garbanzos are my fave but anything would work)
- 1 cup of green lentils (I use dry bc that’s what is available to me)
- As much frozen spinach as you want (I’ve used lots of other frozen vegetables but spinach is my fave)
- Half a bouillon cube (I use veggie but whatever you want. Any kind of broth or stock would work. This is technically optional but for me it’s pretty necessary)
- Any spices you want (I usually use cayenne and garlic powder at the least)
- Onions are also good in this but I don’t usually use them because I forget to buy an onion, plus chopping them hurts my eyes too much and I’d have to dirty an extra pan to cook them.
- Also optional: lemon juice and feta
I love making this bc most of the stuff just gets thrown in a pot and maybe stirred a couple times and that’s it. My steps usually go as follows:
1. Cook the brown rice with the bouillon cube for 20 minutes.
2. After 20 minutes, add the quinoa (and more water) and cook for an additional 20 minutes. They are usually done by now, maybe after an extra 5 or 10.
3. Transfer the rice/quinoa to a big bowl and use the same pot to cook the lentils. Put them in the same bowl when they’re done.
4. While those are cooking, microwave your spinach. Put in the bowl when it’s ready.
5. Drain your can of beans and dump ‘em in.
6. Add all your spices (and feta/a squirt of lemon juice if you want)
7. Mix it all up and that’s it!
This makes a TON of food for me and it saves nicely for a few days in the fridge. I’ve never frozen it but I never need to because I usually eat it for almost every meal when I do. When I eat this at work people ALWAYS ask me what it is and ask to try it.