Rice & Beans.
Probably one of the cheapest meals out there, and healthy, too. I serve rice and beans to my family at least once a month, usually twice. There are lots of different ways you can prepare a frugal meal with these two ingredients. Here are just a few suggestions:
- Make a casserole with lentils and rice
- Make spicy beans and serve them over rice
- Or you could try a bean and rice soup
- Or try a jambalaya-type dish
- You could always make a bean and rice mixture and serve them in tortillas
A favorite in our home is a saucy, spicy bean concoction made in the slow-cooker. I rinse a few large handfuls of dry beans (pinto, black or red kidney) and throw them in the slow-cooker with some chicken stock, tomato sauce and chopped tomatoes. Sometimes I add a cup or two of extra water if they look like they'll need it. I also add some onion, garlic, pepper, cumin and cilantro. Cook it on high for about 8 hours. The beans are nice and tender if they are cooked all day - no need to pre-soak them. Serve them over brown rice with cheese, salsa and sour cream. Add a salad or some veggies for a side dish and you have a frugal but delicious and healthy meal. Yummy!
This dish is so easy because I just throw everything together in the morning and don't need to worry about it all day (well, I may have to stir it once in awhile). Ahhh, I wuv my crock pot!