Every good cook has an arsenal of tried and true recipes – the old faithfuls.
For me, it’s Fried Rice. Today it’s Chicken Fried Rice!
I’ve made it a thousand times. It’s my husband’s favorite dinner and it never fails that I get one of two answers when I ask him if he has suggestions for the weekly menu. The most common is, #1. I don’t care. If it’s not that it is always, and I mean always, #2. Fried Rice.
Each and every time I make it a little different and that’s a-okay – Fried Rice is not a precision recipe. You just heat up your wok and add rice, soy sauce, and a combination of things in the fridge and you have a delicious dinner that will serve the masses. It always turns out delicious.
(Oh, and gluten-free friends – don’t use soy sauce. Find a gluten-free soy sauce or my personal fave – liquid aminos.)
This is also a great budget meal! In case you didn’t know it…rice is CHEAP and FILLING! Like a seriously cheap dinner for the amount of people it feeds. We eat off of this for days!
One of my biggest budget tips is to have cheap dinner nights a few times a week.
Things like this Chicken Fried Rice, Ham Fried Rice, Morning Mix-Up (breakfast for dinner) and Easy Taco Soup are a few examples of lower dollar meals! They don’t taste cheap and aren’t made with bad-for-you cheap foods, but they sure are inexpensive when you are trying to stretch a dollar.