So, I’m currently residing in Sydney, Australia which, don’t get me wrong, is absolutely awesome. On the other hand, it’s absolutely expensive. I’ve decided to start a series of posts about cooking on the cheap for those of you in college or studying abroad or just living on your own. Some of my meals are healthier than others, and I’d say this one might be a miss in the health and fitness department. There are no vegetables.
Other than that, it’s filling and it’s plenty to eat for three or four dinners or lunches.
I made refried beans, Spanish rice, ground turkey, and tortillas. My roommates laughed that I was getting in touch with my “Mexican heritage” but hey, I’m good at making Mexican food and it tastes good so why not?
Ground turkey (I used turkey for the lean option, but you can also use beef or chicken)
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 can of refried beans
1 1/2 cups of rice
2 cups of chicken stock
1 cup of chunky salsa
1 small-medium onion (chopped)
The total for all the ingredients was about $25 for me, meaning each meal cost about six dollars. Not bad. In addition, I have leftover tortillas, rice, chicken stock, and cooking oil, so I could make it again for even less.
I started by making the rice, since that takes the longest.
- Heat the oil in a decent sized pot over medium heat. Add the onion and stir until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Mix the rice into the skillet, stirring often.
- When the rice begins to brown, stir in the chicken broth and salsa. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed.
The meat is easy.
Cook by itself in a skillet until it begins to brown. Add in the taco seasoning and continue cooking until the meat is fully done.
Refried bean instructions are usually on the can. You can use a skillet to heat them up, but I generally stick to the microwave in a microwave safe bowl.
After you heat up your tortillas, you’ve practically made a Mexican feast. Enjoy for however many nights it lasts!