Hmmm…this whole budget thing is tough. We were in the habit of going to the co-op everyday and getting our food for that specific day before starting this MoFo theme. I think getting used to mass shopping for the entire week threw us off a bit. We’re still under budget with eight bucks and some change left, but the closer we’re looking at our meals, it seems we have left out some key components.
We’re not throwing in the towel yet though! Tonight we’re having tacos which I will be sure to have pictures of [I’ve already checked to make sure the memory card is actually in the camera so as not to have a repeat of last night’s non-food porn post].
Instead of seitan being the dish’s focus, tonight we used Pinto beans. Slow and proper cooked, the beans were spot-on in texture. I’m kind of particular about beans, especially if they’re undercooked. I know we had the seitan tacos two nights ago but not only was the flavor different, the consistency of the meal was as well. The chew on the seitan definitely was [almost too] meat-like while the beans were softer and spicier.
Chaz sautéed some fresh garlic and onion in a bit of olive oil before adding some of the bean stock and pintos. He added some chili powder, cumin, salt and fresh cracked pepper. After letting this hang out on the stove for 5-10 minutes to basically heat the beans up and let the flavors develop a little, we scooped up spoonfuls onto the whole wheat tortilla shells. Topped with kale, cilantro [not too much for me] and some nutritional yeast, overall it was a solid dinner I’d be happy to eat again.
We also rounded off the salsa and almost all of the chips. We’ll throw the tortilla crisps with the bean leftovers, kale and cilantro for lunch tomorrow. I do enjoy a nice taco salad from time to time.
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