I don’t know if it’s just me but I seem to come up with the best homemade meals when I’m almost Tapped Out On Funds. It may be a combination of just working with what I have but time and time again the best meals come out of my kitchen when I am flat broke.  Read further to find out what recipe I came up with a few days ago that was a huge hit with my son.

I’m a mom of boys. Well one is still a boy and the other is a grown man who lives on his own now.  As we all know boys can EAT! Just imagine you have a boy that’s a picky eater on top of that! I’m sweating just thinking about it! Whew!!

Help Me!! What's for Dinner?
Help Me!! What’s for Dinner?

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My son is at the age where he thinks every food problem can be solved by ordering pizza,  Grub Hub or Amazon Now (thanks to being an Amazon Prime member). He doesn’t realize delivery fees  and tips add to my financial woes a single parent in a one-income

Try This Simple Dish
Try This Simple Dish

household, with a ONCE a month payday.  You get my drift? I have to stretch money as far and wide as it can be stretched to survive.

So let’s just throw in the fact that my son’s 10th Birthday was on the 6th and other important dates like my mother’s birthday, and Mother’s Day happened!  I was done before the 15th! And  didn’t know what I was going to to regarding meals the rest of the month.

I decided to take a look at what veggies I had left in the freezer and canned food, noodles and rice were left in the cupboards.  Then I came up with a little something. Yes I winged it! I didn’t even glance at Pinterest. (patting myself on the back)

Simple Spinach & Carrot Rice Dish


  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 3 cups of rice
  • 1 small yellow onion – chopped
  • 2 handfuls of frozen spinach
  • 2 handfuls of frozen grated carrots
  • 1 tablespoon of  La Criolla’s Adobo and Sazon to taste


  • Bring water to boiling, then add in cream of chicken soup.
  • Reduce heat then add remaining ingredients
  • Cover rice and cook until tender.
  • Remove pot from stove let  pot sit uncovered for an additional 30 minutes  remaining liquid to thicken.
  • Optional: Garnish with cheese if preferred. ( My son did)
Spinach & Carrot Rice Dish
Spinach & Carrot Rice Dish

Mission accomplished!  My son loved it so much he ate 2 heaping helpings.  I was super proud of creating a dish that forced my son to eat veggies and was also affordable!  A win-win situation!

Do you find that you create great meals from ingredients you’ve ignored in your kitchen?  Would you try this recipe yourself, and are you interested in seeing  more simple homemade recipes on the blog?  Please let me know in the comments.

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