Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Poverty Food

Hello dear readers,

You may have noticed the lack of sensational posts from me, xtina, recently. I'll tell you why:


When you're poor, and cooking for one, you don't get to make real exciting meals. You get to make lots of beans and rice, and jazz it up using condiment packets you stole from the office.

Ok, I'm being a little dramatic. I haven't actually stolen any condiment packets - my office doesn't even have those really! But, I have been living off a pot of chickpea and tomato curry for a few days. Today when I got home, instead of grocery shopping for new ingredients, I looked into the fridge and tried to use up all the imperfect odds and ends of randomness to JAZZ up...a pot of rice and beans. Here's what I ended up with:


and this is how I got there. I think.

2 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups cooked and drained black beans
1 bunch kale, chopped
4 cloves roasted garlic (odd end from the fridge)
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
about 1 cup butternut squash, chunked and roasted (odd end from the fridge)
1 small black radish, grated (odd end from fridge)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients. Season to taste. Eat for days.

I feel boring blogging this. Dear readers, what's your go-to poverty food? How should I get out of a boring food rut, while being held back by a significant monetary barrier? Tweet us (@oopsitsvegan)! Email me (oopsitsvegan@gmail.com)! Comment (see box below)! I need you to save me from eating yet another pot of rice and beans...

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