You’ve heard it a million times: “If you want to save money on your food bill, make beans and rice.” And you have done that for a million times…now you are sick of eating this combo. What’s a cook to DO?
The Normanator and I have been enjoying beans and rice this week with NO COMPLAINTS from either of us! I’m not much for recipes in our kitchen; my modus operandi is to poke around to see what’s there and start creating.
On Wednesday I began with one cup of dark kidney beans. To that I added 3 cups of water and brought it to a full boil. After it began to boil, I reduced the heat and let it simmer on low for a couple of hours. While that cooked, I put a cup of rice into another saucepan with two cups of water, a dash of salt and brought that to a boil. I used what I had: some white rice and some brown rice.
SIDEBAR: It’s called using up what you have on hand so you can open a fresh package of rice. END SIDEBAR
I drained the beans, added a few cups of chicken broth that was waiting in the fridge for this type of moment, and put in about half the rice. It was beginning to smell divine. I seasoned it with salt and pepper and when it was good and hot I added a couple of handfuls of chopped spinach for color. We ate like royalty, oohing and aahing our way through lunch! For dessert I found some canned pears.
On Thursday we had this soup again but this time we had a big vegetable salad with it. There wasn’t much left, but I saved it in a refrigerator container for another time. The rice that did not wind up in the bean pot became rice pudding, replete with cinnamon, sugar and whole milk. YUM!
Today is Friday. When it was time to prepare lunch, I pulled out the soup and thought I could add some sauteed onion. That made the whole house smell delish! I added those onions, along with frozen corn, more broth and brought it to a boil. We were so pleased with this hearty soup that we did not have salad OR a sammie to go along. We did have some apricots and that made a great finale to a wonderful meal.
There is just a tad of this left. It will go into the freezer for a quick meal on a day we are too busy to saute or create.
We all need to have quick meals at our fingertips from time to time. Leanne Ely from Saving Dinner had a dynamite post on her website today about that very thing. She has come up with Fast Food Drive Through food YOU MAKE AT HOME FOR PENNIES. Check it out, won’t you? I think you will be very pleased at what she has to offer.
If you are a user of food commodities or frequent food pantries, we make every effort to come up with assistance that makes your life better. If you hold an EBT card for SNAP or WIC we hope we are meeting your needs. Maybe you are just a frugal shopper and careful cook…we expect that our little corner of the world will enhance your life as well. Maybe you are living on a dime, barely scraping by. We sincerely hope we are helpful to you.
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