It’s important to make sure that even while you are scoring great deals, on boxes of this and that rice mix, you get plenty of fresh foods in your diet.And buying what’s in season is the best way to make that an easy and affordable thing to do.
Asparagus right now is great to pick up from the store (or the garden if you are lucky enough to have some established) because it’s in season. I’ve seen it for as much as $4.29/lb during the winter and it’s usually woody and not tasty. This bundle was just .99/lb (on sale) and nice thin slender tasty stalks.
Today was a great day! I had a day old muffin and a coffee with a friend for a coffee date ($3.75), worked out when I came home, had a Spru-Tien protein shake ($1.29) after lifting (which kept me full until dinner – no it’s not a diet thing, it’s just a hefty protein shake), then Jason and I made dinner together – which is the main point of today’s post.
We did a quick look though the cupboards and decided on using some Zaterain’s Red Bean rice mix with tuna (under $2.00 for both because Jason bought the tuna on amazon.com coupled with some rebates and such and I scored the red bean mix for just 97 cents ). And then I dug around in the frig and remembered asparagus and red onions in the crisper.
We made the rice mix as directed and added the tuna at the end. Then I chopped up the asparagus and onions to make a little sautéed veggie side dish so we can get some greens with our protein and carbs.
I put a 1/4 t. of olive oil in a hot skillet, tossed the onions until fragrant, added 1/2 t. vinegarette (asiago cheese in this particular case), stirred, and then added the asparagus. Sautéed for a minute or so until it turns bright green.