Also, definitely not implying that the chickpeas add a meaty/beefy texture...just meant I used it in place of meat because I'm trying to reduce how much meat I eat!
I've definitely seen chickpeas and pasta before but I honestly always thought it seemed too heavy, so I never attempted it myself. I decided to try it out tonight and I'm hooked. I actually used shells and I loved it because all the chickpeas just kind of nestled inside the shells and it was sooooo good! The harissa sauce is smoky and spicy and only requires a few ingredients to whip up.
The sauce is not meant to be super saucy, but you could make it saucier by adding a bit of vegetable broth (About 1/2 cup) after the tomatoes or you could use 2 cans of tomatoes and just increase the spices! Anyway, here's the recipe!
You can omit the herb garnish, but I actually really liked it and thought the parsley helped kind of brighten up the meal. You could even add a little lemon juice and zest to it for a little hit of acidity and that'd be great!
This pasta and chickpeas with harissa is a smoky, spicy, and super filling dinner recipe. Topped with an herb garnish, it'll be your new favorite weeknight meal.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Let’s just say my mother has issues. Extreme issues. We’re really struggling financially and she is going well off the deep end in order to compensate. For example, she will spend all her food stamps money in one go. I mean cart fulls of food and food products. Right down to the very last cent. She then stuffs the fridge, freezer, and pantry so full of food that the house is bursting at the seems. Then, get this: she will literally touch nothing until everything goes bad. She buys hundreds of dollars worth of food, go out to eat instead of using anything she bought, and we end up throwing everything out. I tried telling her to ration the food stamp money throughout the month. Not blow it all in one day and not touch anything she bought.
So you have a bit of an idea of what I’m dealing with here. To me, it seems like she packs the house full of stuff in order to ignore the reality of our financial situation. The hoarding is her way of putting up barriers. Veiling herself from the truth.
Another aspect of her denial is the local food pantry. She insists on going every week, even if we don’t have room for anything. Guess what happens to that entire car full of food? Waste. Goes in the trash.
I tried telling her to stop but she refuses to. Week after week of throwing food out is finally getting to her because now she goes to the pantry, gets the food for free, and re-sells it for money. Which, if I’m not mistaken, is illegal. Not sure if it’s better than throwing all the food out because she’d rather have McDonald’s than a home-cooked meal.
Then she found out from her friend that you can go back through the pantry more than once if you’re sneaky about it. So she’s been trying that.
It was at this point I called the pantry and told them what’s going on. I reported my mother anonymously. She has since been banned from the pantry. I know the concept is great and we could benefit from it, but I don’t want my mother taking full advantage of kindness and compassion of volunteers working for a good cause. Yeah, it was a shot in the foot, but one I feel was necessary.
Edit: wow this blew up.
A couple of questions I got:
Do I cook the food? - Yes. Some of it. I cook what I can. But the problem is that no matter how much we clean out the fridge, she keeps it so stocked that I can’t put anything in there. Not even leftovers. It’s why I’m somewhat discouraged from cooking.
What do we do with waste? - Unfortunately, we can’t just donate it back or to o
Title basically explains itself. I got a giant bag of pierogis-cheddar and potato, and I have no clue how to cook them, or what to serve them with, anything really. I had never heard of them until I received this bag. Some help with how to cook them would be awesome. Thanks Reddit!
Edit: So I am a lurker and wasn’t on Reddit for a little while. Thanks for all of the ideas! I am very excited to cook these up!
Hey everyone! I'm living alone in Tokyo for a couple months and I have a tight budget, so I'd like to find a handful of versatile spices/ingredients to keep on hand that can be incorporated into a variety of meals. The obvious ones are soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice, and seaweed, but what other ingredients/seasoning do you find yourself using frequently? I also appreciate cheap (healthy) meal suggestions. Thanks!
Asking singles and people who don't have to feed families.
I was looking at my refrigerator and I was shocked at how little I have in it, even by my standards. I keep supplies low because I hate having to throw food out for spoilage. But I've also been thinking I should stock more in case there's another big food panic like there was last Spring. Obviously I haven't taken that to heart.
My pantry isn't so bad. If there were a local emergency, I could survive a week or two without real problems. But I occasionally see other people's refrigerators and panties, and you'd think they were stocking for the apocalypse.
I keep seeing people post about redoing their entire kitchen. If you have enough space why do people not consider putting in a Butler’s pantry? I feel like its one the most practical places in the house. Not only can you put food in there but if you like to use a lot of machines you wouldn’t have to keep them out on your counters. Making a more seamless and less cluttered look.