Beans n Rice; Rice n Beans

Jen and I have become recent fans of Dave Ramsey, and one of his popular expressions is going on a "beans n rice; rice n beans grocery budget." This is a great way to save about $10 a week on the grocery budget, or even more, weekly, once you've stocked the ingredients.


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.

8 comments:

  1. Looks easy and delicious, great idea! I sure feel the budget pinch as a poor grad student every once in a while!

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  2. This is a great, no-fuss and easy to do dish yet full of flavor. I wouldn't mind going for seconds even if it blows up in you!

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  3. I LOVE rice and beans! Add the tomato and sour cream and that's my idea of heaven! Budget friendly...and buzzed!

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  4. I love any variety of beans and rice, especially when cheese is involved. It really is a great, inexpensive meal that would be very satisfying, not to mention easy to make.

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  5. It's true what a money saving dish this is - and there are so many variations, there's no need to get tired of it! Yummy version!

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  6. You had me at $10.00 a week! There is at least one night a week that I am burned out of cooking or needing a good dinner to send with my other half to work.

    Not to mention it looks really good! Crunchy chips really make me smile.

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  7. Love this - versatile, easy and cheap - three of the best things in my kitchen. Good call!

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