The musical fruit. I love beans. They are tasty and so easy to use in a recipe. Last night I made a quick, easy, and tasty recipe thanks again to Vegan on the Cheap (VOTC). Unfortunately there is no picture. Sorry. I made the Barbecued Black Bean and Tofu Burritos. Wow! They were good. It is a different, yet very tasty twist on burritos. Thanks Robin! The mix of the black beans with crispy tofu and a smoky homemade bbq sauce all wrapped up in a warm tortilla made for a perfect meal. Especially since I was a bit pressed for time. I served the burritos with cumin spiced brown rice and corn. It rounded out the meal perfectly. The leftovers were fabulous the next day. I think the tofu and black beans marinating in the sauce made them even more flavorful. The meal was no cost to us. I had all the ingredients. Yippee! I had a coupon for a free package of tortillas and I had leftover tofu. In VOTC, the book states the cost per serving to be <$1.00 and the recipe serves 4. $1.00 burritos? Now that’s a bargain.
So, it is Friday. Time for the “Frugal Friday Tip of the Week”. This week I am incorporating vegetables into frugal Friday. The tip: Make your own vegetable broth. It is free and easy to do. I noticed in VOTC, Robin does the same thing we do. You save all of your veggie scraps-carrot tops, wilted greens, tomato tops, organic potato peelings, etc. I store it in a container in the freezer. Once it is full, place it in a stockpot, add water, usually 8-10 cups. Bring the water and veggies scraps to a boil. Once boiling, cover and simmer for an hour. Turn off the stove, let it sit until it is cool enough to pour through a strainer into containers. Once the stock is in containers, let cool completely before covering and freezing. You just made a ton of FREE vegetable stock. Bullion cubes are pricy as well as organic stock. Why buy it when you can make it?
Well, I am off to knead the pizza dough and pick up our CSA. Hope you have a lovely weekend.
peas and love….
Krys and the boys