Monday, October 24, 2011

Beans and Rice, Rice and Beans - And a Linky Just For Fun

There definitely was a time, not all to long ago, where gourmet meals appealed to me. Expensive "health foods" and organic everything pretty much dominated my pantry. Then everything changed. Our third child was born, the housing market tanked, gas prices skyrocketed, the list could go on. Needless to say, I became frugal out of necessity.

Today we are almost exclusively an organic bean and rice (or quinoa or millet) type of family. Without compromising health, we only eat pastured or grass-fed meats from a local farmer; however, the price limits our ability to eat meat every night of the week. When it comes to feeding my family "quality over quantity" is my motto. I use simple, frugal, easy to prepare recipes.

I want to share an e-book with you that has literally helped me more than I can say! I love this book and it is a resource that sits on my computer's desktop ready to be used 3-4 nights out of the week. I love it so much, I have even begun to use it as a guide for my food storage purchases.

It's "The Everything Beans Book" by Katie Kimball over at Kitchen Stewardship.

There are over 30 frugal, nutrient-packed recipes for children and adults. Recipes include wraps, soups, sides, pasta, main dish meals and desserts. All recipes use beans in some way. "The Everything Beans Book" also has lots of information that will help you know how to soak, sprout, and cook dried/canned beans.

I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes from the book:

Mexican Beans and Rice

-1 cup brown rice
-1 3/4 cup water
-8 ounce can tomato sauce
-2 tablespoons taco seasoning
-1 can kidney or black beans (or 2 cups cooked dry beans)
-salt to taste

Directions: Saute the rice dry until brown. Then add water, tomato sauce, and taco seasoning. Bring to boil, turn heat to low and simmer covered for 40 minutes. Add the beans and optional add-ins and simmer 5 more minutes, covered, add more water if needed.

Add-ins: 1 cup corn, chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped green peppers, chili peppers, shredded cheese. The sky is the limit here. Use what you have on hand fresh or in the freezer.

Frugal Tip: Make your own seasoning.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix.

-2 tablespoon chili powder
-1 teaspoon garlic powder
-1 teaspoon onion powder
-1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
-1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
-1 teaspoon paprika
-3 teaspoons ground cumin
-2 teaspoon sea salt
-2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions: Mix all ingredients together and store in glass jar. 1/4 cup of seasoning mix is the equivalent to 1 package of commercially prepared mix.

The best part of this book is it's on sale this week and it runs through Halloween at midnight!!! The code FALL4BEANS will take $3 off "The Everything Beans Book". To purchase the book click on my this in text link and be sure to enter the code. The sale price is $6.95! A smokin' deal for what you'll get.

If you end up purchasing the book comment, and let me know what you think of it! Also, if you're a blogger, share with us your favorite frugal "bean and rice" recipe post or bean storage post here on the linky. And if you do not have a blog, share your recipe in the comment section. That way we can all learn from each other.


-The linky will run until the sale is over on Halloween at midnight.

-If you link-up, please refer/link back to this post.

-There's no limit! Please link as many posts as you'd like. The more the merrier!

See this post and a host of others here: Fat Tuesday, Monday Mania, Homemaker Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Traditional Tuesdays, Patchwork Living , Handmade Tuesday, New Nostalgia, Teach Me Tuesday, Frugal Tuesday Tip, Terrific Under Ten Tuesday, Tip Junkie, Hearth and Soul Hop, Recipe Exchange, Tuesdays at the Table, Made Scratch Tuesday, Whatever Wednesday, Real Food Wednesdays, Healthy 2Day Wednesday, Homemaking Wednesday, Wickedly Awesome Wednesday, The Mommy Club, Your Green Resource, It's a Keeper, Farm Girl Friday, Farm Friend Friday, Friday Favorites, Fresh Bites Friday, Frugal Friday

Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Kitchen Stewardship’s eBooks, which means I’ll earn a small commission from any sales made through my blog. However, I would never recommend something to you that I don't already love and use myself.


At October 24, 2011 at 11:26 PM , Blogger Leon @ Organically Thought said...

The beans and rice look great I stopped by to say I think you would enjoy participating in my new blog carnival here is the link Alimentary Tuesdays Blog Carnival I used your linky to link to my linky I hope that is OK?!?

At October 25, 2011 at 5:08 AM , Blogger Heather said...

Love love love beans! I also make great refried beans, which we eat with rice. Hopefully if I can get a good picture of that soon I will post the recipe on my blog :-)

At October 25, 2011 at 6:14 AM , Anonymous Carol J. Alexander said...

This book sounds wonderful. We, too, are making many changes in our eating habits. Except on the rare occasion, I haven't bought supermarket meat in years. We try to grow or hunt our own. Thanks for sharing.

At October 25, 2011 at 8:31 AM , Blogger Stephanie G. said...

Ha! I just made a huge crockpot of beans on Sunday, which turned in to Tostados last night and will be burritos tonight. We buy beans in bulk. They are cheap and tasty!

At October 25, 2011 at 12:58 PM , Anonymous 'Becca said...

The Everything Beans Book is great! Thanks for hosting this linkup.

At October 26, 2011 at 12:55 PM , Anonymous April said...

Thank you for the comment on my blog...I added my linky to your post like you wanted! Your blog is wonderful--I am now following you and looking forward to reading!

At October 27, 2011 at 9:58 PM , Blogger Good Girl Gone Green said...

i love beans. Looks yum!

At October 31, 2011 at 5:21 PM , Blogger Melynda said...

Great meal! thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.


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