Food For Thought: A Year of Wallet Friendly Cooking

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Lentils with Spinach

The Goods:

1 package fresh or frozen spinach

1 onion

5 Tbsp. Veggie Oil

2 cloves garlic or chopped garlic or garlic powder

1 cup dried lentils, washed, and picked over, and drained

pinch of salt, pepper and cumin (if you have it)


Chop onion into half rings. Prep the spinach by washing or cooking, if frozen. Heat the oil in a heavy, wide skillet over medium heat. When hot, put in the onion and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Now put in the lentils and 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Cover and lower heat and simmer 25 minutes or until lentils are tender. Add spinach leaves, salt, pepper, and cumin (optional). Stir gently a few times and mix well.

This dish is great because it can be made ahead and reheated to save time. It can be served over rice to make a complete protein or by itself. For an interesting take mince ginger and cook with the garlic and a squeeze of lemon or chopped parsley. This dish can be modified in so many ways based on what you have available. Enjoy! ~



Roasted Salsa with Fried Eggs

The Salsa:

1 Tbsp Oil

5-6 Tomatoes or Tomatillos

1-2 cloves of garlic

pinch of salt

Lime or Lemon Juice

1-2 Jalapenos

2-3 eggs


In a sauce pan, place the tomatoes, tomatillos, garlic, and jalapenos into a pan on med heat and wait until they soften, char a little bit, and are fragrant. Put it all in a blender. Whiz until you have the desired consistency. Pour the mixture into a bowl. Adjust to taste. Add the lime or lemon juice, salt, pepper to taste.

Cook the eggs to your liking.

Enjoy! ~


The Goods:

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

1 large watermelon 

2-3 cucumbers 


1-2 Limes or A bottle of lime juice 


Juice the limes. Cube the watermelon and cucumber into bite size chunks. Wash and tear the mint into tiny pieces. Combine the water melon, cucumber, mint leaves and lime juice into a bowl. Chill in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before serving.




Homemade Granola

4 cups of Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oats

A pinch of brown sugar

1 Tbsp. butter or vegetable oil

1/4 cup honey

Optional Adds: Cinnamon, cocoa powder/hot chocolate mix, vanilla, sesame seeds, chopped nuts, dried fruits or raisins, anything on hand.

Prep: Preheat oven to 325

Melt the butter and combine with the honey. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, salt, brown sugar, honey, butter or oil, and any other ingredients you desire. Mix well with hands. Grease a baking sheet. Spread thinly on the baking sheet and bake for about 40 minutes until golden brown.

Sweeten to your liking. The more expensive part of granola is the honey and other sweeteners but if you make this with friends you can split the cost. The student friendly part of this recipe is that it makes a great portable snack!

Happy Experimenting! Enjoy! ~