How many times have I opened the refrigerator door only to decide that there’s nothing to eat? And naturally, this thought crosses my mind as I’m staring at shelves that are definitely not bare.
Meal planning provides an obvious antidote to that 5:30pm fridge evaluation, and so does a well-stocked pantry. I’ve been subscribed to the excellent Budget Bytes blog for probably a year at this point, and have finally actually started reading the entries. The recipe suggestions are always user friendly: simple preparation instructions and a reasonable amount of ingredients. Earlier this month I read recipe for curried lentils and decided to give it a try. The clincher was that I only needed to buy tomato sauce and curry powder, and I had all the other ingredients (lentils, garlic, onions, carrots, etc.) at home.
I think we had just eaten rice a day or two earlier, so even though I keep a giant bin of rice in my pantry, I didn’t start any when I began cooking the lentils. As the lentil dish finished up, I began craving a starch to go along with our veggies, and realized I had everything on hand to make biscuits. I used to make biscuits all the time, but haven’t done so regularly for a few years now. I forgot how easy they were – and how impossible it is to just eat one or two… or even just three… straight out of the oven.
I went for a mini biscuit mold by way of a champagne glass so that these little guys could cook extra fast. I popped them in the oven.
And about eight minutes later, out came these golden brown nuggets of melted buttery tastiness.
The lentil dish is not exactly a beauty to behold, but it was delicious. Altogether a satisfying meal, and having leftovers for lunch the next day made it even better. The Frugal Foodie is especially pleased to report that the cost of this meal was one can of tomato sauce + one jar of curry powder, aka something like $5!