|My "Chicken Rice-A-Roni". I added corn to this batch.|
I'm a grad student. I get paid a stipend, but I'm not bringing in a lot of extra money. So, it's important for me to make meals that are both healthy and inexpensive. This great recipe fits the bill, and it's tasty too. If you're not swimming in extra cash (and really, who is?) you may want to give it a try as well. Adapted from Kitchen Stewardship.
Do It Yourself "Chicken Rice-A-Roni"
1 cup brown rice
2 cups chicken stock (If you made my Fauxtisserie Chicken you've got everything you need to make your own chicken stock)
1 onion, chopped
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
salt and pepper to taste
- Saute onion and celery in a bit of water or oil for about 5 minutes.
- Add chicken stock, rice, salt and pepper.
- Bring to boil and stir.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes until rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
- Stir in beans.
This is a great basic recipe. It can be modified depending on your tastes or what you've got on hand. You can mix in your favorite veggie with the beans, I added corn to this batch. It's also good with some chicken mixed in. And, you can experiment with adding your favorite spices.
Do you have a favorite budget friendly meal? What do you do to save money on groceries?