Wednesday, January 5, 2011

yummy cheap dinner

i'm not sure if i've mentioned it on here before, but i've become a blogger for tightwadinutah.  it's a kick in the pants since i enjoy being frugal.  the trouble is coming up with posts that are about saving money that don't go something like "stay out of the stores."  good posts use pictures.  there aren't a lot of pictures that go with staying out of stores.  anyway, my mother says i don't blog on here enough.  this post is an effort to please mother (even though she is out of the country and won't see this for weeks anyway) and also a way for me to make record of a really delicious recipe.  maybe it will be on tightwad some day but i have to take photos before that happens.

so anyway, i should first mention that i got this recipe from a book from the library called "dinner for a dollar" - what a great idea for a cook book!  but keep in mind i think it takes the approach that it's a dollar a serving.  i don't know - math isn't my thing.  anyway, this is a cheap yummy recipe.

sweet potato and peanut stew
3 large sweet potatoes (2 1/4 pounds) peeled and cut into bit size pieces (1"ish)
1 Tb olive oil
1 crushed garlic clove
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp red pepper
2 cans garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
1 can (14 1/2 oz) broth
1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes
1/4 c peanut butter (creamy best)
1/2 c loosely packed chopped cilantro (optional)
1) Place sliced potatoes in 2 1/2 qt microwave safe dish.  Cover and nuke until they are tender, about 8 minutes.
2) In 5-6 qt pot heat oil over medium high heat.  Add garlic, cumin, salt, cinnamon, and crusehd red pepper, and cook stirring, 30 seconds.  Stir in beans, broth, tomatoes, and peanut butter until blended; heat to boiling and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 minute.
3) Reduce heat to medium-low; add potatoes to bean mixture and simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes.  Stir in cilantro if using.


Jules said...

I did NOT know you were blogging for another blog! Awesome! I will definitely be checking it out...I'm trying to reduce my food budget by 50%.

plainoldsarah said...

julie - you remember ed right? his wife, audrey, is the owner/manager/director/whatever of that other blog. it's a bit of a mommy blog in that a lot of the featured stuff and giveaways feel focused on moms. i like to think i'm an alternate voice. :) she is big on couponing and stuff, but i mostly just price match (walmart - sorry) and be cheap in general to save money. i only post about once a week - if that. you should check out that cook book for recipes. another place i save a lot on money is not buying meat. we're kind of "vegetable focused" which means i use a lot of beans. using my pressure cooker i cook up a bunch of beans every month and then serve them in portions equal to what you find in a can (14 oz) - that's a super great way to save money.

good luck on cutting back!

Tracie said...

Sounds like a really yummy recipe! I will definitely try it!