Quarantine Cuisine: Budget Friendly Family Fare

Money is tight and stress levels are high for many as we wade through this Covid-19 pandemic. Families are staying home and cooking more than ever, with a need to stretch their dollar as far as it will go. As part of “Money Mondays”, we at EdConnect Now want to share an easy way to take one simple basic ingredient and use it for several dinners.

For these recipes, we start with readily available and budget-friendly rice.

Our first dish is incredibly simple. Customize it to fit the needs of your family:

Dish 1: Sticky Rice and Veggies

2 c. Rice

1 can of mixed vegetables (or a bag of frozen, or even cut up some fresh vegetables). Peas and carrots go great in this.

Soy Sauce or flavoring of your choice.

Instructions: Steam your rice and add your cooked vegetables. Use the soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce, or even some hot sauce.

Add Ons: Get extra protein by adding a scrambled egg or some cooked chicken.

Dish 2: Beans and Rice

1 Tbsp. of olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 c. Rice (uncooked measurement)

1 c. vegetable broth

1 tsp. ground cumin and/or 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

3-1/2 cups canned black beans, drained

Heat your oil on the stove over medium heat and sauté the onion and garlic for a few minutes. Add your uncooked rice and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add your broth and bring it to a boil. Cover and cook on low for about 20 mins. Once your rice is done, add spices and beans just before serving! If you’re using cooked rice – reduce the broth by half and add in at the end with your beans and spices.

Add Ons: Give it a kick with some spicy stewed tomatoes. You can also add a small can of corn.

Note: You can make the rice for both dishes ahead of time and refrigerate what you do not use.

We hope you continue to be well during these trying times. Check out our Facebook for our Money Monday sessions that feature budget friendly tips for families that will continue through the month of June.