Black bean and quinoa enchilada bake from Two Peas & Their Pod
I just got out of Calculus and I’m sitting here eating the lunch I packed even though it’s not even 11 yet. That’s how good this cheesy quinoa bake is.
Cheapness: 3.5/5 – Red peppers and quinoa ain’t cheap. But otherwise the ingredients are pretty basic.
Healthiness: 5/5 – I used 1 cup of shredded low-fat cheese rather than the 2 cups of regular cheese that the recipe suggested. The dish was still deliciously cheesy.
Speed of preparation: 4/5 – It takes 20 minutes to cook the quinoa and 30 minutes to bake the whole thing, but the hands-on time is minimal.
Deliciousness: 5/5. Jalapeno, cumin, chili powder, and lime give this lots of lively flavor. Also CHEESE.
Now I have 5-6 more meals in the freezer. Life is good.
Let’s cook, yo!
I’m the first to admit that I’m not in love with cooking. However, I do love having cooked. I get so bored chopping, prepping, and washing dishes, but it’s worth it if I can fill up the fridge with wholesome and tasty food. These are some ways I’ve dealt with my cooking boredom:
1. Try new things. The first year I lived off-campus, I ate bok choy with chickpeas and tomato sauce hundreds of times, and now I can’t stomach bok choy. Which is too bad because it’s really cheap. Now I hunt down recipes on Pinterest or in cookbooks and never make the same thing twice in a row. Also, I buy something I’ve never tried before every time I shop for groceries. This has resulted in some questionable purchases (canned cappucino), but also some fun discoveries (okra!).
2. Cook a big batch of something and freeze it. This means you don’t have to cook as often! I make a big pot of something hearty and healthy, like stew, chilli or soup, and eat it for lunch all week long.
3. Listen to music while you cook. I find playlists on 8tracks and blast them in the kitchen. Music makes anything less boring. Vintage Outkast is always a good bet.
Yeah that’s all I got folks.
Curried red lentil, kale and sweet potato soup via Eats Well With Others
Oh Rust. You’re no Jesse Pinkman but maybe you’ll do.
This is a good, basic recipe that I’ll probably make again. I watched the first episode of True Detective while the soup was simmering – I need a new show to obsess over now that BB is over.
Easiness: 5/5 – Can you chop things? Can you put them in a pot with other things? Turning on a burner – is it in your skill set? Then you can make this soup.
Tastiness: 3.5/5 – The soup had a nice mild flavor from the coconut milk, but I would have appreciated more spice. If I make it again, I’ll use a whole jalapeno and more curry powder, and I’ll use broth instead of water.
Quickness: 3/5 – Not much hands-on time, but you have to let the soup simmer for half an hour.
Cheapness: 5/5 – God I love lentils.
Overall rating: Pretty decent.