What’s On?

by blue midget

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Hey Blue,

I was just curious, what’s on for dinner tonight? I suck at cooking, but get tired of fast food every night. Also don’t have a lot of money… Got any suggestions?

A Reader

Hey Reader,

Tonight, teriyaki chicken rice bowls with stir fry are what’s on. If you suck at cooking and don’t have a lot of money, this would be a good one to try. (I know it sounds scary, but I’ll walk you through it.) The really frustrating thing that I find about cooking is that it can take a lot of time and effort, and if you work full time, the last thing you want to do is spend the next three hours in the kitchen cooking. When I get home, I’m tired and hungry, and I just don’t have the energy to whip up a gourmet meal. This is another one that I got from recipezaar, but the original recipe has you cooking for three hours. And I don’t know about you, but when I get home from work, I want food NOW and not in three hours.

This one takes about an hour, but total time to prepare is only around 20 minutes. Most of the time is spent just waiting for the stuff to cook. This is also rather inexpensive, and terrific for lunches the next day. I estimate that you could get three meals from this (or two huge meals), and it costs about $8.00 to make, not counting spices. If you’re a vegetarian, I imagine you could just substitute the chicken with portobello mushrooms or skip that part completely and just whip up the sauce with some rice and stir fry veggies.

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