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I have gotten lazy with our grocery budget this summer. I treated that number more like a suggestion than a rigid guideline to follow. My family has gone through some changes in the past few weeks, and our budget not only needs to be rock solid, it needs to be as small as possible.
I pored over the sale ads to try to come up with meals for just a few dollars, and have been using the things I already have on hand as much as possible. Cooking from scratch is generally the cheapest way to go, but it can take time and preparation that I don’t always have, so I need a few quick and easy meals in the rotation.
This morning I messed up my schedule at the salon, so I had to leave the house a lot sooner than I was expecting. But I needed to make sure the kids had lunch, and didn’t just eat ice cream and cherries for the rest of the day. You might say this recipe was born out of desperation, lol.
I have been buying less and less rice and using more and more quinoa because I feel like it is a healthier substitution. The best part about it is that you can cook it in the rice cooker, and walk away!
My kids are good eaters, but I wasn’t sure what they would think of the quinoa. We had several discussions about what it was, and how you say quinoa, but they loved it! One said it tasted like noodles, and one said it tasted like macaroni. Then a debate ensued over whether or not that was the same thing.
The best part about recipes like this is that you can tweak them to fit your own family’s tastes, and the sky is the limit with the variations! I used frozen veggies because we are on a serious budget this month, but you could steam fresh vegetables for less time and they would be delicious, too.
- 1 C quinoa
- 3 C vegetable broth
- 2 C frozen vegetables
- 1 T sesame oil
- 2 T liquid Aminos
- Add quinoa and vegetable broth to rice cooker. Cook on white rice setting. 20 minutes into the cook time, place frozen vegetables into steamer basket of rice cooker, and finish cook cycle. When cooking is complete, add vegetables to quinoa, then sesame oil, and liquid amino. Stir and serve.
I use a vegan broth base to make my vegetable broth. It is so much cheaper than buying it in cartons! This is the one I use.
If you try this recipe, I would love to hear what you added in and how it turned out!
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