*MEAL PREP ALERT* thai coconut curry soup

I LOVE THAI FOOD. I know, a lot of this blog is me telling you about all the food I make, but I just can’t stop! (sorry not sorry). I always wanted to find a Thai curry soup that I could make at home that was cheap, easy, and fast. I found this one on a blog called, mellow mondays, but I did change a few things. I am not a huge fan of ginger and I forgot to get lemongrass (classic Jess), so I took those out of this recipe. It still tasted unreal!

Thai food is always so expensive and I always wish I had more so I decided to meal prep this soup for a four-day week! I hope you enjoy!

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ingredients:

2 cans of coconut milk (I used light)
1 heaping tablespoon of Thai curry paste
1 bunch of cilantro stems
2 chicken breasts or 4 chicken thighs (thighs are cheaper)
2 cups of chicken broth
1 shredded carrot
1 Tbsp lime juice
2 tablespoons of fish sauce (I used oyster sauce because I had it in the kitchen)
a small knob of ginger
a handful bean sprouts
8 ounce package rice noodles
1 bunch of cilantro leaves, rinsed
2 or 3 green onions, thinly sliced
a sprinkle or two salt

instructions:

  1. Scoop the thick coconut cream from the top of just one of the cans into a large stockpot set over a medium-high heat. Melt the cream, add the curry paste and stir for a few minutes until they begin to sizzle.
  2. Add the cilantro roots and chicken and sauté until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the coconut juice from the first can and all the contents of the second can along with the chicken broth, carrot, lime leaves, oyster sauce and lime zest and juice. Simmer for 20 minutes or so.
  4. Stir in the bean sprouts. Add the uncooked rice noodles. Turn off the heat and let stand until the noodles soften, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in most of the cilantro leaves. Taste and season with a touch more salt (or soy sauce) as needed.
  6. Add cilantro as garnish.
  7. Place into separate containers and refrigerate once cooled.
  8. ENJOY FOR LUNCHES!

Be sure to check out the mellow mondays blog for more awesome recipes!

 

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*CONTEST ALERT!*Cheap Vegetarian Nachos

The weekend is here. The end of the school year is fast approaching, which means: YEAR-END PARTIES. The hardest part about parties is figuring out what food you want to bring. You don’t want to spend too much money, you want to bring something almost everyone can eat, and you want something easy. Well, Krysten from LetsVegOut and I have collaborated to bring you SUPER easy vegetarian nachos.

I know why y’all are here though. WHAT CAN I WIN?! Well, we are giving away a $20 Sobeys gift card to help with all your nacho needs (or whatever else you want to buy). All you have to do is:

To enter:

1.Follow @nomoneynoprobs and @letsvegout on Instagram

2. Enter the contest on each of our Instagram pages.

3. “Like” this blog post and Krysten’s on LetsVegOut

4. WIN!

We will be drawing the winner on Sunday, March 18th at 5 p.m.

Nacho Recipe below:

Taco chips, lettuce, tomato, cheese, bake….. yes, that’s it.

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My TOP 5 Fav Sushi Spots! (with cheapish rolls)

Sushi is for sure my go-to study food, but it can get expensive! $12 OR MORE for a specialty roll, please honey. Let’s be honest though, we all have our fav specialty roll that we ALWAYS get from our go-to spot…am I right?! I’ll share mine later on in the post. I am going to share my top 5 sushi places with UNREAL cheap rolls that taste just as good as the expensive ones, only they don’t break the bank! Without further ado, here are my top 5!

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#5 Sushi Daruma

Avg. price: $5-7 per roll

Fav roll: Sweet Chili Creamy Dynamite Roll

Location: 1128 Henderson Highway

#4 Sobeys Sushi

(This is a great place to get sushi in a rush! It is fresh and quick, but it is a bit more $)

Avg. price: $8 per roll

Fav roll: Brown Rice California Roll

Location: A Sobeys near you! lol

#3 Sushi Ya

Avg. price: $5-6 per roll

Fav roll: Salmon Bakudan (BEST SALMON BAKUDAN IN THE CITY)

Location: 659 Corydon Ave

#2 Naru Sushi

Avg. price: $6-9 per roll (can be a bit more expensive here, but it’s worth it)

Fav roll: Philadelphia Roll

Location: 159 Osborne St.

#1 Sushi N

THIS IS MY GO-TO my OG.

Avg price: $6-9

Fav roll: French Kiss Roll. This is my specialty roll that I NEED to have when I go there. Believe me, it’s worth it.

Location: 726 Saint Anne’s RD.

 

Thanks so much for reading! Now go get yourself some sushi! I know you want it!

Sephora Birthday Gift Review! (Glam Glow)

IMG_3209Ladies! This one is for you!

Sephora birthday gifts are the best and this year’s gift didn’t disappoint! The 2018 options are either from Bite Beauty or GLAMGLOW. As you can see, I chose GLAMGLOW!

This product is expensive. It costs about $70 for each product. As a student, I cannot afford this right now, but I can afford a free birthday gift!

There is a lot of hype surrounding this GLAMGLOW mud mask specifically, and let me be the first to tell you… It is worthy.

I love the firming aspect of it and it also made my skin feel so fresh and clean!

This isn’t going to be a long post because I have to go rinse my face off after this beautiful mask.

BUT, I would say that when I do have a bit more cash money in the bank, I will be purchasing these products!

Sign up for Sephora’s Beauty Insider program and get your free birthday gift during your birth month!

Your face and debit will thank you!

Date Night (ON A BUDGET)

Date night can get expensive. Whether you’re going to dinner, a movie, or any other date spot you’re bound to spend money. You want to show your loved one you care, or you were a jerk, and now you have to make up for it, or you just love the heck out of them. I can admit, and I’m sure William would too, that we have all been there.

As a college student, money is tight. Heck, money always seems to be tight. So I’ve made up some date night ideas that keep your heart and wallet full. I had to, it was the low-hanging fruit, feel free to laugh.

  1. Check out a Movie. This is a classic that can end up costing you both a whole lot. Go on a Tuesday, as most of you know admission is half-price on Tuesday.
  2. Wing Night! This is one of my personal favs. Find out where the best wing deals are and hit it up! This is a perfect and quick weeknight date to watch the game or just re-connect after a long day.
  3. Hockey, Football, Baseball? Find out when your local sports teams are having ticket sales or deals and go cheer them on. This can sometimes be on the more expensive side of the scale, but hey, treat yo’self.
  4. FaceTime. Well, this one works for me right now. Long distance sucks and FaceTime turns out to be your date nights, but it does save you some money! If you’re in a long-distance relationship like me, then this is for you! Also, cheap flights. Enough said.
  5. Cooking together. This is also one of my favorites. Rummage through your kitchen, find out what you have at home, and make a meal out of it. No shopping necessary.

Here’s the thing, we are all busy and never have time to slow down, but take the time to be together.

I’d love to hear some of your best date night ideas on a budget, so comment them below!

Happy spending saving! 😉

Meal Prep “PHO” Cheap

You see what I did in that title? Haha PHO cheap!

Pho is by far one of my favourite meals. It’s decently healthy and keeps me warm on a cold Winnipeg winter day. Will and I have our go-to spot on McPhillips, Pho Mama’s Noodle House. It is honestly always consistent and quick. Satay Beef Vermicelli soup. Try it. You won’t regret it.

Now, I don’t always have time to go and fill that pho craving so I thought why not try and meal prep some homemade pho! Pho is generally pretty cheap for a large bowl for two ($10). I went to Superstore and purchased all the ingredients I needed for five meals worth of soup for $15!!! Yes, you heard that right. $15! Some items I already had on hand (hoisin and onion), but those aren’t going to break the bank.

Pho Ingredients Traditional pho broth is made from a bone broth which can take HOURS to prepare, so I purchased the President’s Choice premade broth. It has a recipe on the back (which I followed).

It suggests that you purchase the fresh rice noodles, but I found they were difficult to work with. In the future, I would get uncooked rice noodles.

Here is the recipe:

  • whole beef sirloin steak
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 package dry rice noodles (this is where I changed it)
  • 1 1/2 cartons President’s Choice Pho Broth
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts (or desired amount)
  • green onion, thinly slices
  • 2 tbsp cilantro leaves, whole or roughly chopped (desired amount)
  • 1lime, cut into wedges for garnish (Not a fan of lime so I didn’t use it)
  • Sriracha (desired amount)
  • Hoisin (desired amount)
  1. Rub steak with oil on both sides; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a medium pan over medium-high. Sear steak for 1-2 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Rest 5 minutes then slice very thinly across the grain. Set aside.
  3. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain, rinse in cold water and set aside.
  4. Chop onion into strips
  5. Heat broth until gently simmering. Evenly divide noodles between meal prep containers; top with thinly sliced steak, and onion.  Pour simmering broth over top.  Put in desired amount of hot sauce and hoisin.
  6. Place desired amount of bean sprouts, green onion and cilantro in five baggies to keep it from getting soggy over night.
  7. Place containers in the freezer. It takes a bit to defrost them, but it keeps the soup fresh for day five.

IF you just want some great soup for dinner one day then skip the baggy part and place it all in the bowl *see below*

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I would love to see your creations and how you “pho”. Tag me in your posts!

Happy spending saving! 🙂

$10 Charcuterie Board

While I was away in Kitchener, my boyfriend Will and I wanted to make a charcuterie board. Now, I don’t have the money to be buying $10 blocks of cheese with names I can’t even pronounce.

Kitchener has an incredible market that is so incredibly cheap, but INCREDIBLE quality. Will and I are huge fans of specialty meats and cheeses, and the Kitchener Market has an amazing selection.

We spent a total of $10! We had some cheese at home (Laughing Cow…don’t judge me) Keep reading to see what we bought:

  1. Pepperoni sticks: $2
  2. Kolbassa:  $2
  3. Jam: $3
  4. Mustard: $3

Kitchener Market: http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/index.asp

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Enjoy!