rustic charm, or learning how to cook at home to save money and maybe eat a little bit healthier

Here’s the thing: we’ve been eating out nearly every night for dinner last week, either due to laziness, or the need to make the end of the work day seem a little bit more special. (We eat poached chicken for lunch and oatmeal for breakfast – it gets old.) This is not healthy, and eating out regularly is expensive, so on Saturday we did a proper grocery run with ground meat and seasoning and all and promised to only eat what we could make in our kitchen. That same night J had an intense craving for pizza, but I said a firm no. We really need to save some money and keep our poor, abandoned kitchen company.

What we cooked over the weekend: beef giniling (ground beef simmered in beef stock and tomato sauce), nilaga, microwave cake, and a Juicy Lucy (burger with the cheese inside).

They’re not all successful (my microwave cake was a bit dry and the burger was too thick), but we’re learning. (Note: J cooked most of these dishes! I’m the dishwasher.)

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Chocolate cake batter with Goya White Chocolate with Red Peppermint Crunch

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Yummy, but dry in parts.

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J’s Juicy Lucy. Yum!

Know some easy recipes? (More microwave desserts?) Do share. :)

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7 thoughts on “rustic charm, or learning how to cook at home to save money and maybe eat a little bit healthier

  1. Ako naman lunch. Even if I get home late, I still like putting together a good, quick meal for dinner, but my problem is I wake up late and get lazy to make myself a proper breakfast or lunch and I end up buying something almost everyday. Gastos! I’ve started waking up earlier last few months to pack something and it’s been a big help.

    Oh, if you’re looking for inspirations for quick and healthy dinners:
    http://www.marthastewart.com/cook
    http://www.finecooking.com/recipe-search/#/*/quick:true/healthy:true/sort:relevance/page:1
    http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/06/quick-dinner-recipes-20-minutes-under-less-salads-pasta-.html

    Plenty more good stuff on the internet, of course, but these are some of my favorite places to start. Happy cooking!

  2. Sardines pasta! A jar of spanish sardines lang plus lemon plus herbs like basil and fresh mint. I chopped some garlic and onions and fried them while I marinated the herbs in the lemon juice plus lemon rind. Then I fried the spanish sardines and then added the herby lemon thing. Over pasta. With cheese! Nom! :)

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