Friday, May 27, 2011

Food | I'm an inventor

I rarely use recipes. 

It's not that I don't like them; I really do. It's just that recipes call for specific ingredients, and ingredients cost money, and I try really hard to save what I can in our grocery budget. I go for quality over quantity. As a result, our diet consists mostly of pasta, rice and beans paired with fresh or frozen vegetables. We sometimes eat salmon, and rarely any other kind of meat (partially because I can't bear to buy meat from the grocery and partially because it's, again, expensive).

So today I let you in on a couple of my day to day cooking experiments. Don't hold your breath, but do try the fries at least.

2 cups rice (cook according to directions on bag)
2 green bell peppers or whatever vegetables you have in your crisper
Dice your peppers and sautee them in your oil of choice + seasoning + salt
To finish, add sauteed peppers to cooked rice.

Wash + cut poatoes lengthwise (should resemble shoestring fries)
Toss in large bowl with olive oil + seasoning of choice + salt
Spread evenly on baking sheet
Bake for 30 min. (Seriously just watch them, because 30 is just a guess. I wasn't paying very close attention...) TIP: to get your fries crispy, bake on the top oven rack.

I'd be lying if I said these weren't the tastiest fries I've ever eaten. I can't wait to try them with sweet potatoes. Be honest; do you use recipes every day?


  1. Oooo I can't wait to try the fries! We also do a lot with rice/peppers/onions. I love it when Kroger puts the red/yellow/orange peppers in the 10 for 10 sale -- I stock up and slice/freeze them for later. Actually, do you know why green peppers are always cheaper then the red/yellow/orange ones? I've always wondered...

  2. Your diet sounds so much like ours. We eat rice, beans, lentils, and pasta almost every day. And we get fish from Trader Joe's about once a week, so that's our experimenting night. One of my favorite cookbooks is called Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen, which has great recipes that are designed to be high-protein without meat.

  3. i'll defintiely have to check that cookbook out, dawn. thanks for the recommendation!

    kaite, i have no idea. so weird that the red/yellow/orange are more expensive... but it's good to know they freeze well! i'll have to do that!