Eat on $30 – Day 2 – Rainy Days and Mondays…. October 13, 2009

Kalesoup1 First things first! For those who didn't see the post from Day 1, it's hereDon't forget to post a budget cooking or shopping tip on that post for a chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates, courtesy of Macy's! The drawing will be tomorrow, Wednesday the 14th!

Day 2 was a dreary, miserable day here in Atlanta. The rain just will not stop. Since it was pretty much too dismal to do much of anything outside, I took it as an opportunity to get a leg up on some cooking – something I really wish I had done yesterday.

My poor sweetie was not really prepared with a lunch plan so I saw him walk out the door with the remainder of the tortellini we bought – uncooked. No sauce. No nothing. He just took the package they were in and left. I felt terrible so I made some soup with the provisions we bought at the farmers market.

Food for me during the day was an apple in the AM with no daily cup of coffee – buying good coffee is too much of a splurge. I had a bowl of this soup for lunch. It was delicious and made enough for another lunch for both of us. Dinner was roasted chicken thighs, roasted squash and a little lightly dressed arugula.

About this soup: KALE IS YOUR FRIEND when you are on a budget. The bunch I got at the market was $.69 and I couldn't use it all in the soup I made. It fills you up, is SO nutritious and just FEELS comforting & healthy. Crumbled turkey sausage and a can of cannellini beans made this a quick version of a classic soup – all for about $5 for 4 servings. The recipe is at the end of this post! 

Seemingly, everyone else made it through Day 1 and 2! There have been some GREAT posts about the challenge and the cooking that's been going on! Catch up with our participants here:

Turkey Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup – makes 4 entree sized portions

  • 2 links hot (or mild if you choose) turkey sausage – casings removed
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 bunch kale – rinsed, drained and leaves removed from the ribs & rough chopped
  • 1 can Cannellini beans – drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small pinch dried red pepper flakes (this is from an existing tub we had. they cost $.61 at our famers market so this pinch is negligible.)
  • salt and pepper to taste

– Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium sized pot. When warm, add sausages whose casings have been removed. Break up the sausage with a spatula or wooden spoon – you don't want to make the chunks TOO small. When completely cooked, add garlic and saute together for 2 – 3 minutes. Don't let the garlic burn! Add the beans and stir thoroughly. Add your water,  stock, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir and allow to simmer on low for 15 minutes. Throw in kale and allow to simmer for another 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately. If storing, allow to cool before placing in storage containers.


Jen Yu Oct 13, 2009 08:10 am

You touched on another issue that Jeremy encountered (sort of) yesterday. What happens when you run out of time or fail to plan for every contingency? Normally it’s not a problem to pick something up for lunch, right? But that could cost as little as a few bucks to $20! Bravo Mike for sticking with the plan. I hope it was somehow… edible?

bettyjoan Oct 13, 2009 08:10 am

That soup looks delicious and wonderfully comforting for the wet, nasty weather. I made a soup during the challenge, but it didn’t come together nearly as well as yours did.

Paula - bell'alimento Oct 13, 2009 09:10 am

Tami that soup looks amazing. You know I’ve never really cooked with Kale but NOW think I’ll have to give it a go! We got caught yesterday without time & it cost me. Won’t make that mistake again! Thanks for sharing.

jaden Oct 13, 2009 10:10 am

Tami! Yum. Perfect for rainy day.

Kristina Oct 13, 2009 10:10 am

I used to hate greens. Now I can imagine not eating them. Cheap, filling and oh-so-good! Plus I can usually get kale to grow year round in my garden if I cover it! That soup looks fantastic!

Palila Oct 13, 2009 07:10 pm

Aaah! Lunch! I’ve run into the poorly-planned lunch problem before and, with a new allergy, I also can’t just run out to the cafeteria for a bite. Pepperoni and string cheese grabbed when heading out the door do not a good lunch make (probably about about as good as uncooked tortellini.)

Carrie Neal Walden Oct 13, 2009 08:10 pm

Soup looks great- saved the recipe! Today was for the birds for me, satisfaction-wise…time for bed and looking forward to tomorrow!!!

Cate Oct 14, 2009 04:10 am

Soups are so perfect at this time of year – and easy to do on a budget! I totally agree about kale – Cheap and healthy is always a good thing!

lisa bailey Oct 14, 2009 05:10 am

I made this soup last night and am eating it right now for breakfast! It is so delicious. I have to admit I used arugula instead of kale because that’s what was in my fridge. I’ll make it again (and again) and try kale next time. Thx for the wonderful recipe.

Caryn Oxford Oct 19, 2009 07:10 am

This soup was soooo delicious! My teenagers even liked it. I’ll be using this recipe again – it was quick and easy to make.

Angie @ Big Bear's Wife Apr 9, 2013 09:04 am

I love a good filling budget meal. With the way things are headed, we’re always looking for meals that won’t break the bank. I think I can do $5.00 for 4 servings!