Saturday, June 21, 2008

Cheap and Healthy....Beans!(yummy too!)

With food prices continuing to rise it seems more and more of us are "beans and ricing" it. I don't mind in the least as beans are pretty common fare for us being vegetarians. You can't go wrong with dried beans at $.59 to $1.00 or so a pound you can really make them stretch!

One of my favorite Bean and Rice recipes is this one:

Red Beans and Rice
2 cups dried small red beans(or regular dried kidney's)
4 cups boiling water
6 cups veggie broth or chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 large onion diced
2 stalks celery diced
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp olive oil
1 can diced tomatoes with juice
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
I soak the beans in the morning in the crockpot. In the evening I drain and rinse and add back to the crockpot adding the water and broth. I cook on low overnight. In the morning I saute the onion and garlic in olive oil and add to the beans. I also add the remaining ingredients and cook on low all day.
This even taste better the next day as left overs after all the flavor of the seasonings mix in!
If you're a meat eating family, you could add in some ham for a nice flavor!
When ready to eat just serve with white or brown rice in bowls. A good crusty bread or corn bread goes great with this. I like to round it out with a salad on the side.
These freeze well if you have left overs!
Next time I will share a quick and easy recipe for a casserole dish using canned beans!


The Cooking Lady said...

If you want a really cool trick, try this. When you got o bed at night, soak your beans...any beans.

Put them in a glass container, not metal, and add about 2 tablespoons of baking soda. This will do two things. Soften your beans and pull out any gassy chemicals.

Dump your water in the morning and rinse thoroughly. And cook normally on the stove top or you can put them straight to the slowcooker(One of my best friends is a slowcooker)

And cook your recipe!