Monday 5pm: Went to grocery store and bought ingredients… (time shopping 10 minutes)
- Bag of Red Beans $1.39 (used half the bag)
- Bag of Pinto Beans $1.39 (used half the bag)
- Can of Organic Diced Tomatoes $2.69 (regular ones were $1.19)
- Yellow Onion $1.07
Already have at home…
- Quinoa (cost about $5.00)
- Garlic (cost about $.50)
- Spices (cost about $4.00 for an average jar of spices that can last for a very long time)
The spices I used this time were…
- Sea Salt
- Crushed Red Pepper
- Chili Powder
Sunday 6pm: Soaked beans in water overnight (time prepping less than five minutes)
Monday 2pm: Sautéed Onion and Garlic in Olive Oil (time prepping was five minutes)
Put half of each type of bean in the crock pot and added onion mix, can of diced tomatoes, an extra can of water, and spices and stirred it together. The thing that took me the longest was digging out the crock pot! Poor fellow hasn’t been used in years!!
Turned it to HIGH until I have to leave in an hour and then will turn it to LOW until I get home tonight…
Monday 7pm: I got home and was TOO hungry to make our quinoa so I had a packet of Microwaveable Brown Rice so 90 seconds later dinner was served.
BOO! Not ready! Beans were still hard-ish, I’ll try again tomorrow.
Tuesday 7pm: UGH! This was silly for me to start this journey during the Summer. It’s hot out and the thought of eating chili doesn’t even sound good! Oh well…I’ll do it anyway!
Making Quinoa…this took 25 mins with boiling and cooking, but I made the entire box which will last all week!
My Taste Test…DELICIOUS!! It is SOOOO good. Even had seconds! I like it with the quinoa WAY better.
I’ll give you my hubby’s opinion when he gets home. I’m too impatient to wait for him…Hubby’s Taste Test…He LOVED it…had it 3 dinners in a row. He gave it a 7 out of 10. That is a HUGE success in my book! Oh…and BTW…he doesn’t lie to make me feel better. He has told me numerous times how crappy my cooking is !!
Total Prep Time: Under an hour
Total Cost: $5.15 new stuff+ $9.50 ingredients I already had on hand=$14.65
Lasted us 6 meals (and we eat a LOT so you will probably get double that)
Total Cost per Meal=$2.44