Frugal Tip Friday - for your lunch! A ChickPea Salad
The cheapest foods I've been told are beans. Beans last forever when they're dried and when cooked they are so yummy! Last night after work, I wanted to go and pick up something easy to make at home but I knew we were done with our budget for groceries for the week so I sighed on the way home thinking about what to make for dinner last night and lunch today. When I got home I rummaged through the veggie tray in our fridge and found a tomato, a red pepper and alittle lettuce. I found some leftover quinoa in the fridge that I made earlier during the week and some mozzarella cheese. Going through the pantry I found a bag of dried garbanzo beans (chickpeas) that I hadn't used yet, and I realized that I really didn't need to get more groceries, we had plenty! So I put about 2 cups of chickpeas in the rice cooker (I love my rice cooker, it is good for everything!) in with 4 cups of water.
That took about 1 hour and half to cook through. While that was cooking, I took the chopped salad and put that in a bowl, along with the leftover quinoa, cubed cheese, cut up tomato and cut up red pepper. After the chickpeas were done, I mixed them in with the salad. Then for a dressing I mixed half a cup of olive oil with 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. It turned out to be a great salad! We ate it last night for dinner and I even have some fun leftovers for lunch today! Here is this easy peasy frugal recipe written out below for you to try!
You will need - one red pepper cut up, one cup quinoa cooked, one tomato cut up, 2 cups chickpas (cooked), about 1 cup chopped salad, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup olive oil.
Mix all together and you have your chick pea salad!
Beans are the best foods, they are inexpensive, last forever, tasty and go with just about anything!