Yesterday when he got home from work, we sat down and went through the cookbook to try and find what to cook next. Here's where we encountered a snag. We realized that we were somewhat limited in what we could cook due to the fact that we don't have an actual oven. We do have a counter top oven and could probably make adjustments to some recipes however I don't think we're quite ready for that. At this point, it's probably best to just stick to things that we KNOW will be easy. Or easier at least.
We ended up deciding on the Spicy Broiled Tilapia with Lime from page 96 of the Good and Cheap cookbook.
Anyway, the grand total came out to be $17.11. This seems a little high but again, we bought several things that were bulk items and can be used multiple times. The most expensive thing we purchased was the tilapia. They only had a bags of 10 fillets which cost $7.50. But if you break it down, that's only $0.75 per fish so not a bad deal. AND we have 8 leftover in the freezer so we can make it again 4 more times!
Now, on to the cooking!
Being limited by our pans and cooking space, we decided to cook the rice. While this was boiling, Ian started cutting green beans while I prepared the spices for the tilapia. The recipe calls for cayenne pepper but we couldn't find any so we used chili powder instead. (Google told us we could...)
We didn't have any problems with the fish. We ended up having to cook them a little longer than recommended but other than that, everything went smoothly.
Yeah, the rice was a little hard, but you didn't even notice when it was combined with the fish and green beans!