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    Question Do you live on rice and beans?

    What does a typical week look like meal wise if you are "living on rice and beans"?
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    If I had to live on beans and rice (thankfully I don't) I'd make....
    Cowboy casserole, tortillas and chip
    h/m refried burritos and tacos
    bean burgers
    baja black bean casserole
    soups
    bean stew over h/m biscuits
    bean crisps
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    I make alot of stir frys
    bean soup
    baked beans
    red beans and rice


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    We've never actually lived on rice and beans but we've always stretched out food budget with red beans. Our fave. southern meal is red beans (pinto beans) cooked in the crockpot on high over night and all day with some meat (like a chunk of pork roast bought on sale ofcourse, portioned up and frozen in just the right amounts for such needs), fried potatoes and onions and cornbread. Omg, makes my mouth water just to type it out. (we rarely eat fried taters anymore due to changing out eating habits, but still) It's a cheap, delicious and filling meal (aromatic too, so see you get something for all your senses for not much money ..... ).

    When we are eating cheap we eat lean hamb. browned with an onion and cabbage (all bought on sale ofcourse) and wrap the browned, drained meat mixture in a tortilla and serve with mustard, we call it beerox....if you eat real beerox you know it's not the same but it's close enough for gov't work.

    Tacos, chili cheese dogs, hamburgers, spaghetti, etc.....those are our cheap meals........oh, roast with taters and onions cooked in the skillet with em, pork chops with bakes potatoes, meatloaf, mac cheese and baked potatoes (most of these meals we don't eat anymore......lol, dang it).

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    We eat alot of beans Tacos, rice & beans, beans alone with sofrito (homemade marinade)....

    We love rice and beans, I also make arroz con pollo (chicken w/rice).

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrugalMomof3 View Post
    We eat alot of beans Tacos, rice & beans, beans alone with sofrito (homemade marinade)....

    We love rice and beans, I also make arroz con pollo (chicken w/rice).

    C'MON Tracy, you are the most awesome master at eating on a shoestring. You amaze us all with your practically non existant grocery budget........You need to give more details (please)

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    Arroz con Pollo is a staple in my house and CHEAP. We make it all the time (I'm 1/2 puerto rican). We also make a side of kidney beans to go with it. One large pot will cost only a few bucks to make and can last us for almost 5 meals!

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    I need to find some recipes... because I tried rice and beans (and I'm NOT a fussy eater) and I nearly BARFED!

    I think I did something terribly wrong.

    Any suggestions for R+B recipes would not go unnoticed.

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    I think we need some awesome Arroz con Pollo recipes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleSnowflake View Post
    I think we need some awesome Arroz con Pollo recipes!
    I was thinking that same thing. I had a bowl of pinto beans for lunch. Yummy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frugal Nurse View Post
    I need to find some recipes... because I tried rice and beans (and I'm NOT a fussy eater) and I nearly BARFED!

    I think I did something terribly wrong.

    Any suggestions for R+B recipes would not go unnoticed.
    This is one of our favs. here:
    http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...an+black+beans

    I would suggest adding salt to taste though, in the last 30 minutes or so of cooking.


    To the OP, as far as using beans in recipes, I've used them in black bean nachos, refried bean burritos, taco soup, and I've also used them chilled in cold salads.
    I can find just about any use for them, sometimes we do just rice, beans and cornbread, but I use them for alot of other applications as well.

    I try to do a bean cooking day at least once a month, I have cooked pintos, red beans, kidney beans, black beans, you name it.
    Once done, I let them cool and package them into my foodsaver bags in 2 cup portions and freeze until I need beans for a recipe.
    That way I can add the seasonings I want and they taste soooo much better than any store bought.

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    We eat lots of beans in different ways...chickpea tacos, bean & rice burritos, red beans & rice, BBQ baked beans, veggie chili, as sandwich filling, in salads, black bean/lentil burgers. There is so much you can do with them!

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    I ASPIRE to eat beans....but so far, the only ones I know how to make are the canned heinz tomato ones on toast Love to see your faves to give them a try! DMIL makes good homemade beans, but since I found out she puts 6 cups of sugar in the pot I stay away :S

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    [QUOTE=PrairieRose;909701]We've never actually lived on rice and beans but we've always stretched out food budget with red beans. Our fave. southern meal is red beans (pinto beans) cooked in the crockpot on high over night and all day with some meat (like a chunk of pork roast bought on sale ofcourse, portioned up and frozen in just the right amounts for such needs), fried potatoes and onions and cornbread. Omg, makes my mouth water just to type it out.


    Oh my, this is one my favorite meals. Even better if you've got a homegrown tomato to slice to go with it! I love pinto beans cooked way down where the juice is a dark brown--I'm drooling just thinking about it.
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    some ppl simply don't like beans. and that's ok.

    however a few ideas i've come up with are:

    rice/bean casserole... use stock and/or cheese soup or ricotta/parm mix, mixed veggies (or your choice of veg) and pop in the oven.

    make "patties" of mostly rice and some beans (can mash or keep whole). make sticky rice (you can make rice sticky by what you cook it in.), add some veg's and the beans... fry 'em up. there ya go! top it with cheese, salsa, whatever you want. or make it a burger!

    make stuffed peppers, stuffed pasta shells, tomatoes, whatever... using a "dirty" rice (no meat). can use beef broth if you prefer that taste.

    make a soup with rice/beans.

    how 'bout a "stew" of chunky and/or root veggies with beans. either add beans to the stew OR top the rice with some stew.

    take cornbread muffins, add some rice for bulk and to extend a recipe...also peppers, onions, spices too!. have beans on the side as your "meat". (note: cook rice prior to adding to mix. only a half cup for 6 muffins needed - can extend to about 9 muffins).

    make a cheesy rice/bean mix. just rice/beans and top w/yer choice of cheese.

    what about chili topped with rice (sprinkling), cheese,onions/chives.

    there are TONS of options...

    i should do some kinda "creative" cooking thing.
    too bad i have all this creativity and NO ONE (willing) to eat it.

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