Saturday, March 13, 2010

Beans & Rice: The Ultimate Frugal Meal

A few weeks ago, Catherine and I attended Dave Ramsey Live! and heard his money wise perspective on life. One if his favorite phrases is "Beans and Rice, Rice and Beans!" Yes, he can be a bit extreme, but he is right in that if one wants to save money, this is the meal for it!

Speaking of extreme, we heard our college and career pastor speak this last Sunday on "Desperate Control". In his message, he spoke about how he and his friends are eating rice and beans for the month of March as a way to learn how to depend on God (listen to his message here).

Although I am impressed with those who eat this meal everyday for financial or spiritual resons, my husband and I thought that maybe we could attempt this meal just a few times a month. First of all, it is easy, and with some extra spices and sides, we can make it unique each time. We figure that we could save some money too, as it costs less than a dollar a person with leftovers.

Rice and Beans

-1 cup of rice
-2 cups of water
-1 tbs. of butter
-1 can of black beans (or any other kind of bean)
-1 avocado (or other topping such as salsa)
-dash of spices (I used paprika and garlic powder)

Add rice, water and butter to a pot and heat on high. Once it starts to boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 14 minutes, never removing the cover.

Drain and rinse a can of beans. When the rice is cooked, add beans and spices. Add chopped avocado or side of choice (be creative)!

This post is linked to Frugal Fridays at Life As Mom.

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