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Mmmm breakfast!

imgp5523.jpgBeing frugal is often about being resourceful, and this morning I’m pretty pleased with myself at how resourceful I was when it came time to figuring out what to have for breakfast (I even took a picture of it there on the left).

So, I’ve been trying to not spend any money and in order to do that I’ve been staying out of grocery stores. Unfortunately, when I woke up this morning and started thinking about what I was going to have for breakfast I realized that I didn’t have any breakfast foods at all. Usually I have toast for breakfast, but I was out of bread.

That’s when I remembered that a month or two ago, I’d picked up a bag of rice at Superstore, only to get home and look at it more closely and realize that it was called “Sweet Rice” which sure didn’t sound like regular long grain rice one eats for dinner. So I shoved it in the back of a cupboard until I could figure out what to do with it. Enter this morning where I’m racking my brain on what to make with what I’ve got on hand and I do a quick google search which enlightens me on the fact that sweet rice is actually what one would use to make Champorado ( a Filipino chocolate rice porridge I love but always forget about because I could never remember to buy the special rice you need for it).

And so I was in business. I found a couple of recipes online to get a general idea on how to make it and then just went ahead and made my own version with the ingredients I had on hand. This is what I ended up doing:


  • 1/2 cup of sweet rice
  • 1 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of cocoa power
  • 3 tpsp brown sugar
  • a dollop of vanilla almond milk

Directions: Wash and rinse the rice. Add the rice and water to a small pot, bring to a boil stirring regularly. When the rice is just about cooked (I taste a couple of grains to see), turn the heat down to medium-low and add the cocoa powder and brown sugar. Keep stirring until well combined. Once ready, pour into a bowl. Add almond milk to taste, stir, and enjoy! Makes one large serving.

So there we go, I now know how to make Champurado. Although next time I think I could get away with just 1 tbsp of cocoa powder and 1 tbsp of brown sugar as I found it a bit sweet. Actually, the way my mom made it for us when we were kids was that she would just put in the cocoa powder and then we’d add sugar and milk in our own bowls to taste. Another thing I would try doing in the future is using stevia instead of sugar.