Okay, I'll be totally honest: I'm kind of proud of this next thing, as-of-yet unnamed, becauuuuuse...
- It's embarrassingly healthy (lots of protein and fiber in the brown rice and chickpeas, Vitamin A in the carrots, magical wonder properties in the kale, and unpronounceable cancer-fighting stuff in the cayenne, garlic, chili powder and cumin).
- It's probably the cheapest main dish imaginable because the entire thing (three servings) contained 1 cup of instant brown rice ($0.50), 1 can of chickpeas ($0.70), roughly 1/3 pound of kale ($0.30), 1 carrot ($0.20), 1 green onion stalk ($0.20), 1 clove of garlic ($0.20), and spices (I'll assume $0.50 worth).
So the total cost was $2.60.
That's $0.86 per serving, roughly.
Oops, I forgot a splash of oil for sauteeing everything. So, let's say it cost $1/serving. Still pretty good.
- It tastes good.
I hope you appreciate the dramatic lighting.
To make it, I cooked 1 cup of instant brown rice and sauteed the green onion, kale, garlic, and carrots. Then I mixed all that in a bowl with salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper.
I've been thinking of it in my head as Middle Eastern rice, but that sound super pretentious, so I might call it Coca-Cola rice instead, just as a gentle reminder to myself that one serving of it costs the same as any size of soft drink at McDonald's.