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Another budget dinner

I try to work on a budget for our meal. I like to challenge myself to bring food to the table that if possible less than $10 that is not just pasta and mac and cheese or ramen noodle. If we can have dinner for 3, which actually 5 with our big appetite family, that is not junk food, I feel accomplished. 

Mind you I have limited items I can cook. No sesame for one, no gassy food or veggies for the other. So beans, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, green beans are in the no no list.  I still cook them sometimes but not something I can cook often.

What I do, usually I watch and grabbed what’s on special. Meats, most of the time I grabbed sale price and freeze them. I like going to the store often for vegetable. Daily if I can. they don’t last long. I ended up throwing so many in the trash. These days I like making trip every other day for the veggies. It is on my way home anyway. Not that I have to make special trip.

If you remember from my previous post, I asked my husband what to cook. Beef or chicken. He picked beef yesterday so I do chicken today.

I bought the chicken thigh for $5.83 there’s 8 of them. Enough for all 3 of us. And baby Bella mushroom for  $1.44 at Aldi. With the onion, garlic and seasoning, our dinner tonight is less than $10. 

I rub the chicken with a mixture of olive oil, crushed garlic, grated ginger, salt, pepper, onion powder. Then browned it in the pot with a little more olive oil. After all chickens browned, set aside and throw in the sliced mushroom and sliced onion, I used 1 small onion. Sautee until translucent, the onions are, and add 2 cups chicken broth to deflated the pan. Put the chickens back in the pot. Closed the lid, sealed the vent and press manual 15 minutes. When it beeped, let it sit NPR until the pressure all disappear 😚. Here is what I got. Oh and I still have leftover mashed potatoes from dinner last night. See … we can have a good meal that are not just ramen or mac and cheese in the box. 

Another parmesan mushroom risotto?

Why not. It was gloomy outside. I was gonna go to the store to get ribs but the crazy thunder and rains stopped me from going.

I know I bought a big pack of baby Bella mushroom and need to use that before it goes bad. And have leftover Arborio rice in the pantry. A little leftover white wine, I think it’s enough for making this. So 5 pm I started chopping my onion, half small onion, and 3 cloves of garlic. Sauteed in instant pot with a little olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter just until the onion translucent. Then added the mushroom, which I wash and dried, and 2 cups Arborio rice. Mix them until all mushroom kinda coated with the rice. Turn off the Instant pot. Add 1 cup white wine. I was right.  It was just enough for this risotto, emptied.  And 4 cups of chicken broth. Closed the lid and vent sealed. Then back to the couch and hang out with this lil stinker after I pressed manual 7 minutes.

I have been hanging out with him is at since 7:30. We played, we snuggled, and watched tv. And made breakfast for us, hard boiled egg in the you know…Instant Pot. I had mine with strawberries and sausage links while he had his eggs and strawberries. 

For lunch today I made ham and cheese french toast. Got the Italian bread at Wal-Mart for $0.68. Sliced them thick and filled with ham and white cheddar cheese. Then dipped them in a mixture of eggs, cream, salt, pepper, sugar and pan fry with butter. It was filling, my son said after his 1 sandwich and 4 strawberries.

Oh it is beeping…time to add my butter 2 tablespoons and seasoning (salt, pepper and thyme, dry parsley) and parmesan cheese a whole 6 oz pack. Stir and served.  Sprinkle more cheese and parsley.

Never thought I will be making risotto ever. Thanks to Instant Pot, definitely make cooking is a breeze.