Beans and Rice Mix

1 cup long grain brown rice 1 tablespoon dry onion flakes 1 tablespoon dry celery 1 tablespoon dry green pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 2 vegetable or other flavored bouillon cubes Dash red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper 1/4 cup bacon bits OR sausage flavored TVP Combine the brown rice and all of the other […]

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Cowgirl Beans

1/2 to 1 pound ground beef 1 onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon EACH vinegar and Worcestershire Sauce 8 ounce can tomato sauce 2-15 oz cans of pork’n beans or a 28 oz can baked beans or 3 cups homemade baked beans First take out your […]

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Split Pea Dahl

1 cup dry split peas 2 tablespoons olive or oil 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper Cooked Brown Rice Simmer the peas in about a quart of water for 45 minutes, or until they are tender. Cook the rice while […]

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Lentil Stew

1-1/2 cups lentils 1-1/2 quarts of tap water (6 cups) 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 3 tablespoons olive oil 15 oz can tomatoes 1 large onion, chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon basil (optional) Get out a large stew pot. Put the lentils in it, and add the water. You can wash the […]

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Chick Pea Hummus

15 ounce can chickpeas, drained* 1/4 cup fresh parsley 3 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste) 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 clove garlic, peeled 1/2 cup tap water 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional) Drain and rinse the chick peas, to remove any flavor leftover from the can. I do this by putting the chickpeas in […]

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Taco Style Lentils & Rice

3/4 cup dry lentils 3/4 cup brown rice 4 cups tap water 4 beef bouillon cubes 2 teaspoons chili powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder In a 2-quart saucepan bring the water to a boil. As the water is heating, add the lentils, rice, bouillon, chili powder, cumin, onion […]

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Tortilla Chip Pie or Easy Taco Salad

2 – 15 oz cans kidney beans, drained OR 1 cup of dry beans, cooked tender (about 3 cups of cooked beans) 1/2 to 1 pound ground beef or turkey 1 tablespoon dry onion 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon EACH garlic powder and oregano 1/8 teaspoon pepper 15 […]

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Sausage Bean Skillet

1 pound turkey sausage 4 stalks celery, sliced 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon honey 3 cups cooked lima beans  (or any other kind for that matter; about 2-15 oz cans) 15 ounce can tomato sauce First get out a large skillet. In it fry the turkey sausage until it is quite […]

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Butter Beans

Butter beans is one of those great dishes that are best when prepared very simply. If you haven’t had them in a while (and especially if you didn’t care for them much as a kid) give them another try. I’m sure they’ll quickly become a family favorite.   Butter Beans Recipe Type: Side Dish Prep […]

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TVP and Bean Burrito Mix

1 cup plain or unflavored TVP granules 3 tablespoons dry onion 2 tablespoons dry bell pepper (optional) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon oregano 2 beef bouillon cubes Combine the TVP and all of the other ingredients in a resealable plastic container. I like to use zip-lock bags. […]

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Easy Chili

1 pound ground beef 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic minced, or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 15 or 28 oz can of tomatoes 6 oz can tomato paste 4 cups cooked pinto or kidney beans(see note below) 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon dry parsley (optional) Get out […]

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Red Beans & Rice

1 pound dry kidney beans (approximately 6 cups cooked) 2 quarts of tap water 1 pound turkey sausage 1 large onion, chopped 4 stalks of celery chopped 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic 2 teaspoons salt Good shot of Tabasco Sauce Hot Cooked Brown Rice or White Rice (double the recipe for the rice) Soak the […]

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5 Cheap Ways to Eat Black Beans

By Nicole Dean If you have a family budget worked out, you know how hard it is to stick to it without having some real concrete plans and strategies to stretch your money as far as it will go. Usually, the first area we can squeeze a few extra dollars out of our wallets is […]

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Second Hand Shopping

One of the easiest ways by far to save money on just about anything is to shop second hand. Shopping for previously used items is not only cheaper than buying new it helps to reduce consumption of new goods when perfectly usable items are already in existence. It reduces the amount of garbage entering the […]

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Home Heating This Winter

One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your heating bill down this winter is to turn down the thermostat. This means cooler temperatures in the house but there are several things you can do to help keep your family cozy and warm while saving money at the same time. Be proactive – […]

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