Like any one eating on a budget is not an easy thing to do. Or at least eating well and healthy on a budget. Fast food always seems to be the fall back when on the run with children. Even fast food isn’t always cheap or fast. It takes forever for our children to decide what to eat when faced with any menu. It can be frustrating at times.
When going to a picnic where you need to bring an item I became really good a digging in the pantry to put something together. This recipe I recently brought to a function and I was asked for the recipe. So I am giving it here. I got it from a friend and adapted it for us and what we like. Most everything I get from the farmer’s market. One of those little holes in the wall that have fresh local produce at inexpensive prices. I love going to these places and buying a weeks worth of fruits and veggies for about 20 dollars.
2 cups Wild Rice medley
1 or 2 sticks celery
1 cup Garbonzo beans (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Balsamic Vinaigrette ( You can make your own if you want)
Cook the rice in 4 cups of water for 20-25 minutes until the water is absorbed. Rinse the rice under cold water when done cooking and put into a bowl for mixing. Chop the vegetables and apple small so that bits of veggie get through the whole salad. Mix all of the veggies, rice, beans and apple together with the dressing until it is all coated. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. (It may need a little more than you expect. The rice can get bland.)
This is a really hearty cold salad that I find goes a long way for me. Enjoy and feel free to play around with it. Add whatever your family will eat and enjoy!