Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Chinese Fried Rice

I have tried several fried rice recipes over the years and was never greatly impressed. I tried a new one tonight and it was great. This makes a filling, cheap main dish meal. I used leftover white rice that I had cooked in chicken stock (homemade), some cubed cooked chicken I had in the freezer from some really cheap chicken I got a while back and veggies. Here is the recipe. I changed it a little (because I always do). I omitted the green onions (don't like them) and bean sprouts (didn't have any) but added about a tsp of chopped fresh garlic and about a quarter cup of finely diced yellow bell pepper. I also didn't do the egg in step 4 like it said, but I moved the chicken/veggie mixture to the sides of the pan after step 5 then poured the eggs in the center and stirred them until they were mostly cooked and then stirred them into the chicken/veggie mixture.

Alex asked to see what I was making for dinner tonight and when I showed him his face lit up and he said yumm! The best part is that there was enough left over to put some in the freezer for another meal.

Monday, February 23, 2009

God will provide

As Dave Ramsey says; I am sacrificing now to win later. What this means is that I am on a pretty tight budget right now in order to build my emergency fund. This sacrifice now will give me so much peace of mind to know that in this economic climate if something happens to me I will have money to support myself. Lately though I have been feeling the pinch. Just tonight as I was driving home from getting the kids I really wanted to just go out to eat. Unfortunately, there is only $5 left in the food budget until I get paid on Thursday. So I drove home and made inside out pizza (calzones) for the kids and I. God is a great provider though and in the last 2 days I have gotten 3 things for free food from fast food restaurants (that I like). Sunday in the paper was a coupon for a free burrito at Chipotle. Today I found a sign up for a free small sub at Quiznos, and just now I got an email from Arby's for a free sandwich with a drink purchase. This will take care of my Tuesday night fast food run for the next couple of weeks. I am blessed.