Cooking at home is an investment of time, a resource that is becoming increasingly scarce for many of us. But as far as investments go, home-cooked meals are one that pays off on many levels. You have control over the ingredients you use so you can eat healthier. And, you can save some money. Here are a couple of ideas for meals that are inexpensive and easy to make.
Let’s start with a quick breakfast. Mexican migas is a mix of scrambled eggs and tortillas. To prepare migas for four persons, you will need six large eggs, a quarter of a cup of milk, some salt, vegetable oil, a diced half of a green bell pepper, a chopped small onion, a chopped clove of garlic, a diced tomato, and three tortillas cut into strips. You can also add grated Cheddar cheese if you like it.
You start the preparation by mixing the eggs, the milk, and some salt and whisking it as you would if you were making scrambled eggs. Heat two tablespoons of vegetable oil in a skillet and cook the tortilla strips in it until they start becoming crispy. At that point, add the pepper and the onion and cook for three minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for another minute before adding the egg mixture, tomato, and the cheese. Cook for another couple of minutes while stirring, and it’s done.
Black Beans and Rice
One of the most beloved cheap meals across the world is black beans and rice. It can be a perfect quick vegetarian lunch. You need a tablespoon of vegetable oil, a chopped large onion, two cloves of garlic — minced, three quarters of a cup of rice, a cup and a half of vegetable broth, a tablespoon of cumin, a quarter of a tablespoon of cayenne pepper, and three and a half cups of drained canned black beans.
Put the oil in a stockpot and heat it over medium heat. When the oil heats up, add the garlic and the onion, and let it sauté for three or four minutes. Next, you should add rice, sauté it for a couple more minutes, and add the broth. After the broth starts boiling, you should lower the heat and let everything cook for twenty minutes or so. Once the rice is cooked, add the beans and the spices. And that’s it — you have prepared a tasty cheap meal.
Stuffed peppers might be a bit more complicated to make than black beans and rice, but they taste great and you can make them for next to nothing. You need four large bell peppers, a pound of lean ground beef, two tablespoons of chopped onions, a cup of cooked rice, some salt, a clove of garlic — chopped, a can of tomato sauce, and three-quarters of a cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.
You prepare the peppers first by removing the top around the stem, as well as the seeds. After rinsing the peppers, you need to cook them in boiling water for a couple of minutes. You cook the beef and the onions in a skillet over medium heat for up to ten minutes. Drain the skillet before adding rice, salt, garlic, and a cup of tomato sauce. Cook until it gets hot. While heating the oven to 350°F, stuff the peppers with the beef mixture, and place them standing in a baking dish. A glass, square dish works the best. Pour the remaining tomato juice around the peppers, cover with tin foil, and bake in the oven for ten minutes. Then, you should uncover the peppers and bake them for fifteen more minutes. Once they are done, sprinkle some mozzarella over them, and your meal is ready to serve.