We are back to cooking. Hawaii was pretty cool, but now we're back and its time to make cheap vegan meals again.
We're trying to live on a budget and not spend lots of money. One way to do that is to cook things you already have in the house.
A few months ago we bought a bag of lentils and haven't really used them so we decided to use them. I didn't really like any of the recipes we found so we made our own. It's curry lentil stuff.
We boiled 2 cups of lentils. We added a few tablespoons of curry paste to the water as it all cooked together. In another pan, we sauteed onions with a can of cilantro-lime tomatoes. We threw about four tablespoons of curry paste in there because you can never have too much curry paste (actually you can; after some protest from our stomachs, we are taking a little break for a few days). When the lentils were cooked, we added the tomato/onion/curry mix to it, covered it, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.
While that was simmering, we made the world's easiest bread. Every once in awhile, we use recipes from a really cool money-conscious blog called 30 Bucks A Week. They had a recipe for chapatis which is like a very easy to make naan or a thicker tortilla. It was really, really good with the lentils and tasted better than just eating it straight off the fork. We ate the lentils over quinoa, too.
$$$:Lentils-- Really cheap in bulk. Maybe $1.50/lb or less.
Canned tomatoes--$1Onion-- ~30 cents
Curry paste-- $3, lasts forever
Minced garlic-- We bought a little jar for $1 and it lasted about 2 weeks
Quinoa-- We got a big bag at Costco for $9. We have had it since January and we still aren't done!
Chapatis-- water, flour, and salt! (You just throw everything in the food processor until it forms a sticky ball, let it sit on a floured surface underneath a towel for 15 minutes. Shape into little tortillas and cook on the stove top on both sides, switching when bubbles start to form.)