March 13, 2015
Cheap Eats: Quinoa "Fried Rice"
One of the best ways to stay on a lower monthly (food) budget, is to avoid- or at least reduce- eating out. (This budget tip is not only healthy for your wallet, but for your body too!) One of the ways I try to cut down on eating at/from restaurants is to vary our menu at home to include different cuisines. I have found that pretty much whenever we order take-out, we order Chinese or Japanese food, so that is definitely something I try to incorporate into our menu at least once per week.
This Quinoa "Fried Rice" satisfies our craving for takeout but is far healthier and cheaper!! (It's also really yummy!!) Starting with leftover quinoa (I actually made extra the night before to ensure the right amount of leftovers) made this meal super quick and easy to stir up!
I was able to make this dinner for a total of about $3.04!!! That's only $0.76 per serving!!*
Quinoa Fried Rice
Makes 4 servings
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cup frozen stir-fry veggies
1 clove garlic, minced
small yellow onion, diced
1 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
1 tsp chili garlic paste
1 tbsp + 2 tsp Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 to 1 tbsp canola oil
Cilantro and sesame seeds, for garnish
In a small bowl, whisk eggs, 2 tsp. soy sauce and 1 tsp. sesame oil. Heat wok (or large pan) over medium-high heat. Add eggs to pan and cook, stirring frequently/using spatula to break up. Remove eggs from pan and set aside. Next, add canola oil to pan (just enough to lightly coat), add garlic and onion; stir fry until onion is tender. Next, add frozen veggies and stir fry until beginning to thaw. Next, add chili paste and remaining soy sauce. Finally, add quinoa and stir fry until well combined, and vegetables are cooked through. Serve immediately, garnished with sesame seeds and/or cilantro. Enjoy!!
*Price breakdown: eggs $0.33; frozen veggies $0.96; onion $0.34; quinoa (which was bought in bulk at Sams) $1.00; chili garlic paste $0.06; soy sauce $0.22; and sesame oil $0.13. Total price above does not include garlic clove and canola oil.
All of these ingredients are staples in my pantry/refrigerator which really helped me make this cheap and delicious dinner!