[Hey y’all. This is a guest post from my younger sister Laura. She’s super cool and in a different phase of life, so I thought it’d be cool to share her thoughts here. Off you go…]
If you’re anything like me, cooking just isn’t something you have the time for, and when you’re on a budget, it makes it even harder. I love to cook, but between working, volunteering, and preparing for my MCAT, I honestly don’t have the time to cook so I’m always looking for fast and easy meals to get in my belly so I can get back to everything else I have to do. The same goes for busy moms, students with a crazy schedule, and pretty much anyone else looking to make a quick meal while on a budget.
So this recipe was actually inspired by a Hamburger helper meal I made. I made a chicken fried rice that was fantastic. It is definitely something great to keep in the pantry so I decided I wanted to make my own version – a little less sodium and I would know exactly what I was eating. So this recipe feed four and costs only about $5, depending on where you shop.
- White Rice (1.5 cups uncooked) = 60 cents
- Stir Fry Veggies (frozen, 4 oz.) = 50 cents
- Chicken tenderloins (1 lb) = $3.71 (Discounted price using the supermarket’s card).
- Seasoning: Just use what you have in your pantry and do it to taste:
- Garlic – 3 cloves
- Cumin – 1 teaspoon
- Paprika – 1.5 teaspoons
- Ginger powder – 1 teaspoon
- Adobo – 1 teaspoon
Super simple recipe.
Step 1: Line a pan with a little olive oil or butter. Heat it up and place the diced up garlic in there.
Step 2: Chop up the chicken into bites, season with adobo, and brown it in the pan.
Step 3: Once the chicken is cooked, add the veggies and the rice.
Step 4: Add 3 cups of water, put in the seasonings, and turn it down to a medium heat. Cover the pan and let it cook for 17 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step 5: Make sure all of the water has dried up and test the food to make sure the rice is cooked and it is seasoned to taste.
Step 6: Put it on a plate and enjoy.
Thirty minutes from fridge to belly. The best of this recipe is that you can quickly adapt it to anything you have in the fridge. You can always change up the seasoning for a different flavor, change up the vegies for a little extra pizzazz, or add a little egg to make it feel like actual chicken fried rice from the Chinese place. If you are adding egg, as soon as it is ready, just toss two eggs in the middle of the pan and scramble them right into the rice.
Super easy and simple, and it tastes fantastic. I love to make this when people come over for dinner because it’s super fast and simple and everyone always compliments how wonderful is.
And I almost forgot the best part, since you cook everything in one pan, clean up is a breeze! Definitely a dish you’ll want to try on those days you just don’t have the time or energy to be in the kitchen, but your budget is just a little too tight to eat out on.