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To help cut back on cost, my family will be incorporating more beans into our diet and having actual meat at a meal only 2 or 3 times a week. Does anyone have any good recipes for beans as the main staple?

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    To help cut back on cost, my family will be incorporating more beans into our diet and having actual meat at a meal only 2 or 3 times a week. Does anyone have any good recipes for beans as the main staple?

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    I buy bags of beans at the store called 15 bean soup. I cook the beans for about a day, add a can of tomatoes and the seasoning packet that comes with it. cook another hour or 2 serve with cornbread. on payday weeks, I may cut up a chuck roast and toss it in the pan after browning the meat with onion. there is a recipe on the bag, but I only use that for a suggestion.

    you can also make split pea soup. the split peas are sold in a bad by the beans I mentioned above. with only a few ingredients you can have a nice meal.

    also, you can get northern beans, cook them in a crockpot with ham hocks or left over ham. add a few small red peppers. yummy. serve over cornbread.

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    Cajon red beans and rice. Google for the recipe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urallee View Post
    Cajon red beans and rice. Google for the recipe.
    Here's a couple.
    Red beans and rice

    2 cups dried red beans
    8 to 10 cups water
    2 t. salt
    3T olive oil
    2 cups polish sausage or smoked sausage, diced
    medium sweet onion, chopped
    2 t. minced garlic
    Hot cooked brown rice

    In a medium to large stock pot add your beans, 8 cups of water, and salt. Bring to a boil and turn to low and let it simmer about 2 hours adding more water if the beans seem to need it. Near the end of the simmering time heat olive oil in a frying pan add the polish sausage, onion and the garlic. Heat this until the onion is soft and transparent and the sausage has cooked up a bit. Add all of this to the red beans and let this simmer for about hour.

    To serve this meal, add scoops of hot brown rice to a bowl and cover with the red bean mixture. If you like a little spice to your meals like we do you can add a splash or two of Tabasco sauce. That is our favorite way to eat it.

    This meal goes good with a green salad or a spinach salad.
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    Red Beans and Rice

    1 (1 lb) package red kidney beans
    1 green bell pepper-diced
    1 medium onion-diced
    3 celery ribs-diced
    1 tsp salt
    1 tbsp pepper
    3 tbsp creole seasoning
    3 garlic cloves-minced/grated
    3 quarts water-(I add 2-3 bouillon cubes-beef or chicken-no MSG)
    1 lb smoked sausage-sliced

    Preparation-Beans:

    1. Soak kidney beans overnight.
    2. Pour out water, rinse well, add 3 quarts water, and bouillon cubes-if using; Add to beans.
    3. Add salt, pepper and Creole or Cajun seasoning.
    4. Cover and cook on low heat 4 hours.
    5. Add smoked sausage to beans and cook 45 minutes.

    Stir beans occasionally while cooking.

    For the RICE:

    2 cups water
    1 cup rice

    Instructions-Rice:

    1. Bring 2 cups water to boil.
    2. Add 1 cup rice; cover tightly and simmer on low until rice is tender and water is absorbed.

    Serve Red Beans over hot, steaming rice.

    Can make this in a slow cooker also.

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    I also posted a few other bean recipes on your other "beans" thread...

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    I love beans, however, I don't love DH when he eats beans.

    I crack myself up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bethaliz6894 View Post
    I love beans, however, I don't love DH when he eats beans.
    I crack myself up!
    Oh my!
    BUT, I can SOOOOoooo relate...
    You guys are certainly on a roll tonight!

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    aren't you glad tonight is the night you decided to join us?

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    did you read the joke I posted about beans? LOL
    Only in the United States is it permissible to sell food without the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms. This needs to stop, we DESERVE to know what is in our food!

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    I just did, I have to be careful when I read your jokes. my sides hurt.

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    Thank you everyone for the recipes. I will be adding them to our list. You guys are great!

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    if you need any further help, let us know. apparently beans and the repercussion of beans is a 'hot' topic around here. LOL!

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    Don't forget about bean burritos/ enchiladas. I don't usually use an exact recipe for it. You can use canned refried beans or you can make them yourself using dry beans. Just soak (as normal for you), cook, and mash (I prefer a chunky mash).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bethaliz6894 View Post
    I love beans, however, I don't love DH when he eats beans.

    I crack myself up!
    I can totally relate. However, did you know that by soaking your beans (add 1/2 tsp baking soda!) and then rinsing them thoroughly you reduce the chances of "Bean Symptoms" ...
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    That's a great tip!! Thanks. I will try that next time.

 

 

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