I know what you’re thinking – I don’t have time to sit down to eat, let alone cook! Neither do we here at The Regional Internship Center. However, my roommate and I wanted to see if we could cook a healthy and delicious meal for under $2 per serving. We decided showing you how to make sleek, a vegan dish that is easy, healthy, and sure to please.
- ½ cup Dried Black-Eyed Peas
- 2 ½ cup Water
- 1 ½ lb. of Kale (or spinach if you must)
- ½ c Bulgur Wheat
- 1 c Sliced Onion (sweet onion preferred)
- ½ c Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
Keep in mind you need to soak your black-eyed peas overnight. You can decide to do a “quick soak” that involves boiling the peas and then letting them stand for an hour.
Overnight Soak: rinse peas, add 6 – 8 cups water to 2 cups of peas. Cover. Allow to sit for 6 to 8 hours, rinse and drain.
DAY OF GROCERY SHOPPING>
We headed to the East End Food Co-Op near Penn and Braddock: 7516 Meade St Pittsburgh, PA 15208, 412-242-3598.
Prices will vary
Kale: $2.89 ea.
Sweet Onion: 1.89 per lb.
Olive Oil: $12.99 for 33.8 oz. SALE! (This will last me for at least the entire Spring semester.)
Everything else we already had at home. That’s the beauty of buying items like black-eyed peas and bulgur wheat in bulk. They have a long shelf life, so they’re always there when you need them.
DAY OF COOKING:
Cooking Bulgur Wheat:
Boil 1 ¼ cup of water, add ½ cup of bulgur, cover, remove from heat. Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
While you are waiting for the water to boil, rinse and chop your kale, and slice your onion.
While you’re waiting for the bulgur wheat to cool, rinse and drain your black-eyed peas.
Cooking Black-Eyed Peas:
Place black-eyed peas and water in saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.
At the same time, begin browning your onions in olive oil over medium heat. Spread the onions in a single layer on your pan. If there are too many onions in the pan, the liquid will not evaporate quickly which means the onions will cook but not caramelize.
*If you cook the onions over low heat for a longer period of time, you will get sweeter onions which is more ideal for our sleek recipe.
Thoroughly drain the bulgur wheat and add this to your peas and kale mixture. Then thoroughly drain this entire mixture.
Add chopped kale to your black-eyed peas for 6 minutes.
Combine the kale and peas with the caramelized onions in the onion pan for the best results. Add salt and pepper. Cook uncovered over low heat for 5 minutes.
Serve with toasted pita bread, or just eat plain.
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 45 minutes.
Serves 8 – 10. Average Cost per Serving: Less than $2.00! (We also calculated the costs for black-eyed peas and bulgur wheat in case you didn’t already have these in bulk.) And we even bought organic.
SUCCESS! So my roommate and I now have enough food for our next two to three courses.
Check out the other parts of this series:
Surviving with an Unpaid Internship 101 (Introduction)
Surviving with an Unpaid Internship Part 1: 9 Ways to Stretch Your Budget
Surviving with an Unpaid Internship Part 2: Hungry? Don’t Starve!