Today, I would like to use up the little bit of quinoa that I have, and also incorporate some black beans as I have those on hand, and am on a bean kick. Just the two of those together sounds a wee bit bland, so I'm going to throw in a can of diced tomatoes, which I bought on sale.
|Black beans are just out of the freezer, but I'll defrost them.|
I cooked up the quinoa according to the directions, and added my own little magic flavor bullet:
|My hand looks huge!|
I added about 1/2 the can of tomatoes, and half the container of beans to the quinoa once it was done cooking. I could have added more, but I only had about 1/3 cup quinoa left in the bag. Why do they tell you to cook it one cup at a time, and then put about 3 1/3 cups worth of quinoa in the bag? That's just like the hot dog bun thing, but I've got ingenuity on my side.
|A delicious lunch!|
So there you go. I've proven my point most effectively. Once you know a bit about cooking, or are brave, you don't need to plan meals to the letter. Being creative is more fun, and then you have a meal that not only tastes good (hopefully), but one that you can take pride in because you really made it all on your own.
I'm just going to guess at the cost of this, but I estimate:
~$,50 for the quinoa, $.15 for the beans, $.40 for tomatoes, $.30 for feta = $1.35 for two servings.