Wednesday, July 14, 2010

NOMNOMNOM: Delicious food that is also easy to make and cheap as hell. EPIC WIN

If you've read my blog for more than a minute you may have noticed that I enjoy money. I've made a few posts about how much I enjoy money, like my hobby of spending hours doing silly things to earn money online, or my other schemes to obtain pocket change. Oh my word, I've just discovered my new favorite cheap ~fancy~ dish to make. I was pretty hooked on my bok choy/chicken/rice creation (SO CHEAP, SO EASY) but this one is a twinge fancier, and definetly on par in terms of taste and ability to make me feel extremely full, and - dare I say it - EVEN CHEAPER. The dish in question is called "Shakshuka," an African/Isreali dish, which essentially consists of eggs poached in a spiced tomato sauce. I used Ragu. Here's the recipe I made up as I went along, along with the prices (using approximated grocery store prices for in-season goods). Note: although I happened to have these ingredients on hand, you'd probably do just fine without fresh herbs or even the cheese- just heat up your favorite pasta sauce, add an onion (it helps make it more hearty so you're not just eating soupy sauce) and sprinkle some parmesan or whatever on top if you like.

3 Eggs $.45
3/4 cup of pasta sauce $.45
1/2 of an onion $.16
A few cilantro and parsley leaves $.10
1 clove of garlic .01
1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese $.10

INSTRUCTIONS: Heat the pasta sauce in a saucepan on about a 7 or 8 level of heat. Add chopped onion, crushed garlic clove, and cilantro leaves. When sauce is bubbling and hot, drop in the eggs. Allow to cook. Stare dubiously at dissappearing eggs and wonder how on earth you will know when they are cooked. Wait 6-8 minutes, assume they MUST be cooked, poke around in the sauce a bit, pour saucepan out into a bowl and find 3 perfectly poached eggs hiding underneath the sauce. Decide to use less sauce next time. Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese and parsley leaves. Inhale the aroma of your simmering, delicious creation, dig in while it is still too hot and burn your tongue. Make green tea and wait for dish to cool somewhat. Enjoy.

Total price: $1.27
Under $1.50!!! For a delicious, filling, and extremely healthy meal. SCORE. And the best part? My dish actually looked how it was supposed to! Seriously exciting. The only downside is that my tongue is now quite burned. Ow.

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