Beans n Rice; Rice n Beans
Jen sort of came up with this concoction years ago not really to save money but just as something quick to make for her and Lily on nights I would be working late or didn't feel like cooking. It's a huge money saver and it's actually quite filling (don't go for seconds; it blows up on you).
A bag of rice (I prefer brown) is a couple of bucks, and 1 cup will make about 4 servings. A can of black beans and diced tomatoes (don't drain) is about $.60 each, and you can put virtually any kind of cheese on it you've already got in the fridge. I just happened to have some leftover taco shells sitting in the cupboard, which when broken up over the beans and rice satisfy the crunch factor.
I found some sour cream in the fridge and have some chives still surviving on the back porch, but I actually like it better without those things. A few chopped onions or green onions add a little crunch and a little zing, but don't over-do it.
Great fast dinner for a busy night. The rice took about 45 minutes to cook, but I didn't need to babysit them on the stove. The rest is just opening cans and chucking the beans in the nuke for about a minute to warm up.