Saturday, October 29, 2011

Vegan MoFo, Day 29: Rent Week Dinner!

Ain't no week like rent week. I know you know what I am talking about. Especially if you are trying to make a living while also going to school. When it comes to meal planning for rent week, we go cheap around here.

Do you have wilting veggies in the fridge? Use those. What about grains/beans/lentils/etc. that have been taking up valuable pantry space? How about that! And why not throw it all together into one dish? Sounds like a plan, Stan.

I give you...

"God, I Am Broke and Need To Pay Rent and Also Eat...Meal"
serves 2

1/2 cup red/orangey split peas or lentils (I forget)
water (enough to boil them in)

coconut oil/spread
2 carrots, slices on a bias
1 red onion, diced
6 baby port. mushrooms, sliced
2 cups fresh baby spinach
vegan Worcestershire sauce
onion powder
smoked paprika
1 tbsp. curry paste
1/2 tsp jalapeno paste

Boil the red/orange split peas/lentils until tender, about 30 minutes.

In a skillet, saute the carrots and onions in coconut oil or spread. Add the mushrooms and possibly more coconut oil or spread, if needed. Add the spinach, jalapeno paste, curry paste, and seasonings, plus about 1/4 cup water. Cover with a lid until the spinach is steamed. Add in the cooked split peas/lentils.

Top with cilantro that you need to use up before it goes bad.

And there you have it, a rent week meal to be proud of.

Now, if you will excuse me, I need to don my hipster costume for the Halloween party this evening. Another thing I saved on since it's all my own clothing, ha!



  1. red lentils are my go-to broke meal as well!

  2. Ahhhh...I know the feeling! Kudos for creating a lovely-looking meal! Mine never are this colorful during this that of the month. :P