After all, someone needs to keep Austin weird..

I have news. I moved back home to sort of chill and not just rot away in Austin while all the good people I know actually did stuff, like, you know, go to law school. I have now decided, however, to move back to my beloved city and, gasp, get a job and all of that. However, because I went straight to law school from undergrad, the job search is less than easy, and I’ll be making less than, um, a lot of money.

I’m lucky enough to have my rent paid for through July, but after that I’m totally on my own. What I’m saying is.. now I’m turning budget gourmet. Luckily, produce is cheaper in Austin since we’re so close to the ole border down there, but I’m still going to have to save, save, save.. and save some more.

What’s your favorite super cheap but super delicious meal?

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10 Responses to After all, someone needs to keep Austin weird..

  1. Gabe says:

    Cottage Cheese + Pasta = Delicious

  2. idwsj says:

    Ramen.

    Of course, a steady diet of ramen will probably shave valuable years off your lifespan.

  3. My favorite cheap meal that allows for leftovers is Ravioli lasagna.

    1 frozen bag of cheese Raviolis
    1 lb of ground meat (beef or turkey)
    1 onion
    1 jar of spaghetti sauce
    2 cups of shreded Mozerella cheese

    Preheat oven to 350
    Saute chopped onion, add meat mixture, season to your liking. When meat is almost fully cooked, add spaghetti sauce.

    In a GREASED medium sized baking dish (12×8 ish), put a layer of frozen raviolis (half the bag), cover with half the meat mixture, and half the cheese, repeat.

    Place in the oven, bake about 30 minutes, covered.

  4. rickey says:

    1. Decadent Oatmeal – Cheap and delicious breakfast
    -Milk
    -Rolled oats (5-minute Hill Country Fare type is what I use for the base)
    -Granola (I like Cranberry Craze from HEB – adds flavor, sweetness, and extra texture)
    -Nuts (Sliced Blanched Almonds, Cashews, etc.)
    -Fruits (Candied Pineapple, Strawberries, Black Berries, Apples, Pears etc.)
    -Cinnamon
    -Brown Sugar

    –Start with about a half-cup of milk in a small pot
    -If you’re cooking on electric, crank it up to high until the milk starts to bubble, then turn it down to half
    -if gas, then the whole process should be done on low-to-medium heat
    -when the milk starts to bubble, add rolled oats until they just start to form a small mound in the bottom of the pot (about 1/2 cup)
    -add an equal amount of granola (about 1/2 cup)
    -all of the ingredients thus far should still be mostly below the surface of the milk
    -add nuts
    -add cinnamon and brown sugar
    -remove from heat when you reach the desired consistency
    -add fruits
    -Enjoy!

    2. Amazing (leftover) Tacos
    -last night’s dinner just became delicious again-

    I like to start out on medium heat (high on electric) and pour 1-3 tablespoons of olive oil in the middle of the pan and sprinkle on some rosemary. You can tell when the pan starts to come up to temp when the rosemary starts to bubble and move around. If you want to add some heat to the dish, but not too much, add in your chopped pepper now and much of the capsicum oil will evaporate. You’ll get the taste, but not all of the heat. If you want more heat, add the peppers in later.

    To really bulk up the dish, I like start with a shredded red potato and chopped onion in roughly equal proportions. Cooking the potatoes and onion mixture takes the longest, so I like to use a big pan and move them off to one half and work on the rest of the ingredients in the other half.

    This is when you should take your leftovers, cut them to reasonable size, and toss them into the other half of the pan. I love adding last night’s squash, zucchini, and my favorite is steamed broccoli. It seemed weird the first time I added it, but was amazing! Also, throw in some pork chop, steak, fajitas, fish… whatever, it is all good and the secret of this dish is that the result is greater than the sum of the parts.

    So, now all of the leftovers are warming up in the other side of the pan and the mash ‘taters and onions should be browning nicely. Other suggestions to throw in now are diced tomatoes, tomatillos, shredded carrots, or whatever you please.

    Now, mix it all together and get ready for the magic. Crack open some eggs and drop them on top, making sure to break the yolk. The number of eggs depends on how much ingredients you’ve used so far. I usually crack 2-6 eggs for this one. This is when I like to add salt and pepper, or whatever seasoning you please. Let the egg cook mostly through, then flip like an omelet, turn, or mix. I like flipping and then mixing near the end.

    If your tortillas aren’t super fresh, an easy way to liven them up is to flop a few on top of the pan near the end. The steam will heat and soften them up.

    The grand finale is what really pulls it all together, and I hope you have a toaster oven. Scoop some of your breakfast onto a tortilla, shred some cheese on top, and put that baby into the toaster and pull the trigger. This crispens the tortilla and melts the cheese.

    If you want to get southern on this bastard, I suggest some of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce. It is the boss.

    I like making a lot of this dish and keeping it around for a super easy meal. Microwave a bit of the dish in a bowl with a tortilla on top for about a minute, then cheese it up and use the toaster trick to seal the deal.

    That’s Rickey’s Signature Super Southwest Breakfast Taco. Enjoy!

  5. Charlotte says:

    My fave gourmet meal is goat cheese pasta. 🙂 I use rigatoni noodles, goat cheese, tomatoes, and black olives. The goat cheese is rich & makes the meal seem decadent, even though the ingredients cost under $10 to obtain.

  6. Charlotte says:

    My favorite gourmet meal for less is goat cheese pasta. I use rigatoni noodles, goat cheese, tomatoes, olives, and mushrooms. The goat cheese gives the meal a rich, decadent taste, even though you can get all the ingredients for under $10. Plus, it is a filling meal. Good for a cold day 🙂

  7. Drew says:

    How about tofu and cabbage stir-fry? With soy sauce/rice vinegar/honey, served on rice. Cabbage, $1.00, tofu, $1.50, bag of rice $3.29, number of meals, approx. 4 !
    All prices quoted in CAD$, prices at my local Asian food store.

  8. Dane says:

    hummus! chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice and you have all you need. you can add just about anything else in for kicks, and its so damn cheap and delicious…

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