By spacegurlmd | Posted January 29, 2009
| Sacramento, California
CNN PRODUCER NOTE
Funny that this feature should be on iReport right now, since this is the premise of my entire food blog (aptly named Poor Girl Eats Well): how to eat ridiculously well on a miniscule budget. That's even my tag line. I started my blog ( http://www.poorgirleatswell.com) last August when I realized that a lot of folks could probably benefit from my frugal ways. Growing up with parents in the restaurant business, food has always been a huge part of my life. However, living on a really tight paycheck makes it hard to indulge in everything one is craving, right? Wrong. I realized that no matter how little I was able to spend on food, I always managed to make things taste and look pretty good, sometimes better than restaurant fare. There really is no reason not to have shrimp in wine sauce or a nice Indian curry dinner just because you only have $25 to shop with. Starting my blog was not only a good creative outlet, but a valuable tool for others that might not be used to eating on a budget. From recipes to shopping tips, I try to cover it all. So far I've been getting great responses from my readers and hope that anyone reading this will find some useful hints. Here's an example of one of my easiest & cheapest lunch recipes: Brown Rice, Lentil, and Feta Salad (by http://www.poorgirleatswell.com) 1 bowl Trader Joe's pre-cooked brown jasmine rice 1 package Trader Joe's black beluga lentils (any black lentil will do) 2 small Roma tomatoes, chopped 4 green onions, chopped 2 oz low fat feta cheese Juice of one lemon Pinch of salt Lots of fresh ground pepper Cook the rice & lentils in the microwave per package instructions. Add the rice, lentils, onions and tomatoes in a bowl and toss together. Add the lemon juice and stir until well coated. Crumble the feta cheese on top (you can either toss it into your salad or leave it on top for garnish). Finish with plenty of fresh ground pepper. Enjoy!