Well, last week I decided to try my first menu addition...red beans and rice. I found a recipe here and decided to give it a go.
Here's a shot of my ingredients list:
Do you see the marked through ingredients? That means I didn't have them on hand. So what did I do? I just left them out! Except, that is, for the celery seed. I used caraway seed instead, since it also starts with a "c" and uses the word seed. And yes, that was my actual logic behind the decision. Feel free to mock me mercilessly in your comments; I won't even delete them, because I deserve it! Well, also because I love having comments of any kind.
2) Then I rinsed them and covered them with water in a large pot.
3) JK, I actually turned on the burner.
4) Then I went to check my FB notifications because I had posted my weekly pics of Madison and I thrive on people's "likes" and comments. They make me happy. Thirty minutes later, I heard Pat arrive. And I promptly swore. Okay, I just said "cr@p", but by some people's standards that's a naughty word. And why did I (semi)curse? Because I was supposed to get the beans to a boil and then immediately turn them down to a simmer. Instead, I brought them to a boil and then forgot about them, resulting in this:
In spite of my epic fail, the beans did smell pretty good. Good enough that Pat was willing to try out a crunchy bean:
|50 Points if you spot me!|
He approved, so we decided I'd try again the next day. I repeated steps one through three, and in place of the fourth step I actually stayed in the kitchen and turned the burner down this time:
So I served it over a bed of rice (doesn't that sound fancy?) and enjoyed our new, cheap, healthy dinner.
Here's the breakdown:
Cost per meal: $1(and that includes leftovers for lunch the next day!)
Calories per serving: 350
Tastiness factor: 4/10
Health factor: 8/10
We'd love to hear your comments. Have you burned beans recently? Do you obsess over checking out people's "likes" and comments on FB as much as I do? Have you made shamelessly corny jokes about heaters or other household equipment on your blogs?