Cheap meal-Carribean black beans with curried coconut rice and mango salsa
I made this last night and I'm going to say that it fed six people (since my husband can eat for 2) for $1 each. Now I realize that you may not have some of these spices on hand, but once you make the initial investment you'll see the price dramatically decrease each time you make this. The thai red curry paste can be used in rice, chicken dishes, soups, and any sort of stir fry so the initial $3 you spend on it will be nothing when you learn how to use it. I've had my jar for a long time in the frig and it is just as good as the first day I used it. If you can buy your spices in bulk then you can buy a little at the time and you will spend pennies and will waste nothing. Caribbean Black Beans from the Moosewood Cooks at Home Book 1 1/2 Chopped onions 3 Garlic cloves, chopped fine 2 T Olive oil 1 T Fresh grated ginger root 1 t Fresh thyme or 1/2 t dried 1/2 t Ground allspice 4 1/2 c Drained cooked black beans (three 16-oz cans) 3/4 c Orange juice Salt and black pepper to Taste Saute the onions and garlic until barely soft. Add the spices and saut until very soft. Stir in the beans and orange juice and saute for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Mash a few of the beans with a fork or that back of a spoon. Add salt and pepper to taste. Coconut Rice-from my kitchen 1.5 cups basmati rice (be sure to wash and soak for 30 minutes prior to cooking) 2 cans coconut milk (I use lite) 1/2 stick of cinnamon 4 cloves Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste (use to taste) 1. Discard water rice was soaking in 2. Saute rice with curry paste until coated 3. Add coconut milk, cinnamon, and cloves and bring to a boil 4. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes 5. Remove from heat and stir 6. Allow it so sit uncovered about 5 minutes before you serve it (I topped w/cilantro b/c I had some left over-up to you though) Mango Salsa 1 Ripe mango, peel, pit, dice 1/4 cup Red onion, minced 1 Habanero chile 2 tbsp Lime juice (I just squeeze half a lime) 1 tbsp Fresh cilantro, minced 1/4 tsp Ground cumin 1/4 tsp White pepper 1/4 tsp Salt 1 Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. 2 Refrigerate for 1 hour. This is awesome and makes alot of food so be prepared for left overs. You'll want them anyway because this is better after it sits in the frig all night.