Eating well on a budget – Yes, it’s possible

Good morning (hopefully not s’morning).

Right now, things may be a little tight for you (I am speaking about finances, but if your pants are feeling a little on the tight side the following recipe should help). Eating well on a budget can be difficult, but not impossible.

The crock pot is an amazing invention that allows you to eat well and save money. I have made a number of delicious, nutritious, and money savvy meals using that gift of the gods.

Yet today, I share with you a recipe that does not require the use of a crock pot (but I do encourage you to purchase one or steal the old, dusty one sitting in your parents pantry). The recipe is Huevos Rancheros (translation: Country-style Mexican eggs). It is one of the simplest, most delicious recipes I have made.

What you need – 1 can of black beans, 2 cups of salsa, 4 eggs, 2 green onions, 1/4 cup cilantro, guacamole (home-made or store-bought), tortillas, and sour cream. Jalapeno peppers are optional (I included them and they were delicious).


1. Rinse beans and put in frying pan along with salsa (and peppers if including). Bring to a simmer. Make little pools for the eggs with a spoon in the mixture.

2. Crack eggs and gently place in the pools. Cover pan and let eggs cook.

3. When eggs are almost done add green onions and cilantro.

4. Warm up tortillas.

5. Place beans/salsa and egg on top of the tortilla. Add sour cream and guacamole.

6. Eat.

If you want to make home-made guacamole you will need 1 avocado, 5-8 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 a lemon, 1 garlic clove, onion (amount is up to you), salt and pepper. All you do is mix everything together and presto, you’re done. It’s always better to let the guac sit for a couple of hours in the fridge.

If you work it out this meal (including the full cost of the cilantro which can be a bit pricey) is $2.30 per person (not including guac). If you don’t include the full cost of cilantro (which makes sense as you will likely use it in other meals) the cost per person drops to $1.80!

Enjoy your country-style, Mexican eggs! And enjoy saving a penny or two.



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