Lately I have been trying to lower my Food budget. I was able to shave $50 off by switching my salads from pre-made to home preparing them.
Well today I decided to save more money by preparing 2 meals a week. Specifically beans and rice. I asked my boss and coworker how to make beans and rice, cause I have no idea how to cook anything. So they told me to put in diced tomatoes and seasonings.
So I went to the Target app and ordered some pots, cause I literally have no cookware dishes because I don’t cook. I also ordered a bag of jasmine rice, a couple cans of diced tomatoes, a bag of black beans and a bag of red beans, some creole seasoning, onion powder and garlic powder.
I forgot to add Tupperware so after work today, I went to Target and bought Tupperware, then also picked up 2 more cans of diced tomatoes, brown rice, quinoa, and another bag of black beans. Black beans have less calories than red beans.
I’m a little confused on how the calories work with uncooked food. Like .25 cup of uncooked black beans have like 80 calories, but how many cups is that in COOKED beans?
I’m hoping to keep my calories at about 450 calories for the entire meal of beans and rice.
This should also lower my daily sodium intake which REALLY high lately.
I’m wondering how long one bag of beans and one 2 pound bag of rice can last. I was thinking 2 weeks or 4 meals. I am hoping? Anyone know the answer to this?
Anyway, this will cut about $30 more dollars off my grocery budget, bringing my monthly grocery budget to $470. It will be nice to be under $500 a month for groceries.
I’m going to start eating the beans and rice twice a week, in 2 weeks. Right now I have 2 weeks of groceries in my freezer and fridge because my friends wife ordered me a full stock of groceries from Wal-Mart online, all I had to do was pick them up today before work. That was so nice and generous and really such a relief. I have so much food now.