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Cheap and Easy Chili- Two Ways

29 Sep

Earlier this month I received an email from eCollegeFinder informing me that my little blog was nominated for a Top Foodie Blog award!  Exciting!  As a working, full time doctoral student and wife to a hungry husband, I definitely feel I have a few tips to offer fellow busy students on a budget.

One recipe I would submit to anyone who has had enough ramen to last a lifetime is my cheap and easy chili.  This recipe serves up extra cost savings due to its use of dried beans.  Using dried versus canned beans can save quite a bit and all you have to do is soak them overnight in a pot of water and you are ready to go!

The next morning they will be all plump and ready to put in your crock pot where they will simmer all day and morph into something delicious and healthy.  And, who doesn’t love coming home from a busy day of classes and lectures to a yummy smelling kitchen?

Cheap and Easy chili- basic, ‘Texas’ style chili.  Place your pre-soaked beans ($1.50) with a 32 oz. can of crushed tomatos ($1.70) and half a box of broth or stock of choice (approx. $2-3).

Cost savings tip: Pick up staples that have a long shelf life in bulk when they are on sale.  I stocked up on this organic broth recently at TJ’s sale.

Place everything in the crock pot along with your seasonings- chili powder, paprika, garlic, 1 chopped onion, salt and pepper.  I also added a chopped zucchini from my garden (free) to add a little more nutrition.  Turn on low and let it cook all day.

When you get home scoop out a bowl of warm chili.  I served mine on a bed of multigrain spaghetti with a sprinkling of shredded cheese.  This made enough for my husband and I until we were stuffed and there was plenty left over.

Cheap and Easy Chili Take Two- Indian Chili

Add some Indian spices- garam masala, curry, tumeric, and coriander to your beans and reheat.

This time I served it up on a bed of couscous ($2.20/box) and some crumbled feta ($3.99/pound at Village Market).  You can use dried lentils or chickpeas, too!

Yum and yum!

You can eat well with little time and money!  It just takes some planning ahead and creativity.  Pick up a crock pot if you don’t have one-check out your local Goodwill or Salvation Army for a cheap one.  They are total time savers and the possibilities of what you can make with them are endless!

Bon Appetit!

Cheap and Easy Chili

1 bag of dried beans (I used white beans)
1 32 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1/2 box of broth or stock of choice
1 medium onion, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
garlic, chopped
chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper (for heat), salt and pepper

Pre-soak beans overnight.  Place all ingredients in crockpot, turn on low and let cook for 6-8 hours.  Taste chili and adjust seasoning as necessary.  Serve with pasta, cheese, chopped onion, or sour cream.


Indian Veggie Burgers

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I love veggie burgers.  I am becoming somewhat of a veggie burger aficionado and you can usually find me in the kitchen with the food processor mixing up another batch of bean/soy based goodness.  For this batch I was inspired by The Daily Garnish‘s veggie burgers except I used sweet potato instead of regular potato.  Veggie burger + sweet potato= Yum!

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How to Make Your Own Hummus!

5 Aug

Before I get to my basic hummus recipe and the cost savings it will bring you, I must comment on the book I am currently devouring.  Mike picked me up a copy of The Help by Kathryn Stockett for my birthday and since I started reading I cannot put it down.  I am very excited that it has also been made into a movie although movies versions rarely do the books justice.

You can check out the movie trailer here.

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Stuffed Peppers!

26 Jul

Tis the season for giant, delicious peppers that are perfect for stuffin’

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Pesto, Pesto, Pesto!

14 Jun

It’s summertime and one of my favorite things to do is make fresh pesto from the abundance of basil in my garden.

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Bruschetta and Grilled Asparagus

8 Jun

Last night we were here sweating through 92 degree temps to watch the White Sox beat the Mariners.


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Veggie Pizza and New Jersey Drama

16 May

After the party this weekend I find my house full of leftovers, mostly zucchini, summer squash and a whole tub of cherry tomatoes.  I was talking to my friend Liz over Gchat and immediately became overcome with a desire to make pizza with all these veggies.  I had Real Housewives of New Jersey on while I was cleaning the kitchen and working in the office so I think their loud, fabulous, super-Italianess might have influenced my craving.

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