As you may already know, I am currently unemployed. Therefore income is lower. By being a minimalist, there is no way I will use a credit card for every day expenses. I have one, but it is only for shopping on the internet when I need too (and I pay it off as soon as the expense shows on the card) or emergencies (which may take longer to repay, but I am working on an emergency fund which will make this useless). The limit is set at $1000. Hence, I have to cut my cost of living. I have already started by not buying anything I do not absolutely need. A REAL need, not a made up one. One way to cut expenses is in groceries. The 3 biggest expenses any family has are housing, transportation and food. I am working on housing (you’ll get the news soon). Transportation is minimal since we already do not have a car. Therefore, I am left with food!
A good thing for me is that before I was unemployed, I had bought John Robbins “The New Good Life.” I LOVE John Robbins. I have read almost all of his books and will definitely get to it eventually. In this one, John explains how to live more with less. He writes about how to make a good life without spending too much. Obviously, one of his favorite subjects is food. Therefore, there’s a whole chapter on how to eat healthy for less. There is some very nutritious food out there that does not cost an arm and a leg. So, we might as well use it! In the book he also includes several recipes. I am trying them out one by one and they are quite delicious.
Because I often get asked what to do with quinoa, I will share with you one of his recipes. It is AMAZING!!! I modified it slightly, so what you have here is my version. Essentially the recipe is the same, I just added more vegetables and walnuts because I love them. In his version, he used half of what I used for carrots, celery and walnuts!
Quinoa with Walnuts
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 onion chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
2 carrots chopped
6 button mushrooms sliced
2 cups water
1 cup quinoa
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Heat the oil in the saucepan. Add the onion, celery and carrot and cook for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the water, quinoa, pepper, rosemary and soy sauce. Cover and bring to a boil. Then cover again and turn down the heat and simmer for 25 minutes or so. Toss the cooked quinoa in a bowl. Add the walnuts and parsley on top and VOILA! Delicious, nutritious meal for 4!!! For not too much $$$!
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it rarely is. Nutritionally dense food is actually not too expensive and is often forgotten!!!
I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I did!!!
Now I am going back to my book and stove top. I have many more recipes to try like bread and soup/stew. They all look very yummy!!!!
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