I read a book a while ago which included a chapter about eating frugally without eating fast food. If you have dietary restrictions, it’s unlikely that you’ve been eating fast food, but it is likely that you’ve been paying a lot of money for your food. Sometimes cooking from basic whole foods and looking at dishes inspired by other cultures will lead you to something inexpensive, tasty, filling, and delicious.
I always make sure we have some meat in the freezer, and if I can’t get to the grocery store, we’ll eat this meal. We eat it more frequently than that because it’s a meal everyone likes, and it’s inexpensive. What a great deal!
This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, top 8 allergen free, and an under $10 recipe.
splash cooking oil (canola or olive)
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb pork, cubed (substitute chicken, ham, or whatever is on sale)
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala spice mix (I highly recommend having this on hand, it’s well worth the original expense!)
1/4 tsp kosher or sea salt
splash wine (optional)
1 1/2 cups rice
1 1/2 cups brown lentils
1/4 cup red lentils (optional, but it adds to the flavor and color)