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There are two things that I will readily admit to: I am broke and I love to eat.
I’m not “cheap” because I do appreciate quality; I just like to be able to have my cake, eat it, AND pay my bills on time.
Balancing your budget and meeting all of your wants and needs is tough. If you haven’t already calculated how much you spend on food every month (groceries, eating out and impulse snacks and drinks) you are probably in for an eye-opener. Next to rent or your mortgage, food is probably one of your largest bills. Fortunately, it is also the MOST malleable category in your budget!
We all know that eating out can be expensive, especially if you like good, quality food. Even fast food these days is not exactly cheap (a full fast food meal can cost between $6-$10 dollars… I can eat for almost two days for the amount of money). Cooking for yourself can also be very costly if you don’t know what you are doing. Newbie cookers beware! That’s why you need me.
The recipes in this blog are SIMPLE, QUICK and SATISFYING. This blog will probably be most useful for those who do not normally cook or have been too afraid to try. I serve up the classics and show how easy, satisfying and inexpensive they can be. If you are a chef or have been cooking for years then, yes, this blog may seem elementary. BUT there is a whole generation, no, a COUPLE of generations that have grown up without simple home cooked meals. Lets bring back the lost art of cooking!
In short, I don’t believe that eating for pennies a day has to mean eating Ramen Noodles 100 different ways. In response to a recent financial crisis of my own, I have begun to run cost analysis on all of my favorite recipes. The results have surprised even me. In this blog I will post recipes along with their cost analysis, prep time, pictures and alternate preparations. As a reader I invite you to post comments on the recipes and discuss with others ideas for recipe alterations or anything else.
So, lets do this. Lets all stop wasting our money on mediocre food that someone else just put in the microwave then handed over to us. Make something delicious. Make something that fills you up. Make something that you are proud of. Make something that still leaves you enough cash to buy something else that you REALLY need or want.
Budget Bytes Recipe : Country Breakfast Bowls (freezable)
If you’ve been following the blog for a while, then you know how I love “make ahead” breakfast dishes that I can keep in the fridge or freezer and then microwave really quickly in the morning (hello, baked oatmeal).
Well, I was watching TV the other day and saw a commercial for some big brand breakfast bowls that are sold in the freezer aisle, and was all like, “I can totally make that!” So, I did.
My breakfast bowls start with a bed of seasoned, roasted potatoes, and then are topped with a little salsa, scrambled eggs, and cheese. You could add some sautéed breakfast sausage or crumbled bacon, if you want, I just didn’t happen to have any on hand (both bacon and sausage freeze well). I wish I would have thought about green onions, because they would have been fantastic on this.
So, make a batch of these on Sunday night and you’ve got breakfast covered for the week. Keep them in your refrigerator or freezer until you wander into your kitchen all bleary-eyed from sleep, then just pop one in the microwave until it’s hot and you’re golden.
And who says you have to eat this for breakfast? NO ONE. I ate one for lunch today at work. ;D
Total Cost: $7.76 Cost Per Serving: $1.29 Serves: 6
3 lbs. russet potatoes $1.67
1 Tbsp olive oil $0.16
1 tsp smoked paprika $0.10
½ tsp garlic powder $0.03
½ tsp salt $0.03
Freshly cracked pepper $0.03
9 large eggs $1.49
2 Tbsp butter $0.29
1½ cups salsa $1.49
1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese $1.94
Instructions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash and cut the potatoes into one-inch cubes. Place the potato cubes in a large bowl and add the olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper. Toss the potatoes until they are well coated in oil and seasoning.
Line a baking sheet with foil and give it a light spritz of non-stick spray. Spread the potatoes out over the baking sheet so they are in a single layer. If they don't fit, prepare a second baking sheet and divide the potatoes between the two. Roast the potatoes in the preheated oven for 45min to one hour, or until they are tender and golden brown. Stir the potatoes once, about half way through.
When the potatoes are close to being finished, crack the eggs into a large bowl and gently whisk them. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. When the butter is melted, pour in the eggs. Gently move the eggs around the skillet until they are mostly solid, but still moist in appearance. Be careful not to over cook the eggs at this point because they will cook further upon reheating the breakfast bowls.
To prepare the bowls, divide the roasted potatoes between six freezer safe containers. Add ¼ cup of salsa to each container. Divide the scrambled eggs among the six containers and then top with about ¼ cup of shredded cheese.
Chill the bowls in the refrigerator before transferring to the freezer. Or, leave them in the refrigerator if you plan to eat them within 5-6 days.
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