Week one of grad school yields this recipe classic
I was craving Mexican food, but am too broke to go out to eat very often (duh) and don't want to blow my grocery money on stuff like ground beef, taco shells/tortillas, salsa, and sour cream when they're not on sale. So I gazed into my pantry, and, using the meager ingrediants housed within, created a little thing I'd like to call.... SAD TACO PASTA: Chop one tomato and saute in dollar-store vegetable oil with salt and pepper. Rinse 1/2 can of store-brand black beans and add to tomatos. After the ingrediants are combined and cookin', sprinkle in one beef boullion cube. Cover and simmer on low heat until you're so starving you would actually eat this thing. Serve over the elbow pasta your dad let you take from the cupboard at home. Garnish with a slice of Kraft American Cheese Product (2 packs for a dollar this week at Food Lion!) torn into strips. While the "cheese" melts, consider adding a spoonful of cottage cheese in lieu of sour cream but decide you are not yet that desperate. (If I had plain yogurt, however--now that's good eating!) Mix together vigorously in your Target soup bowl, and enjoy!