“No Mom, don’t add the beans!” my daughter yelled from the dining room last week as I was adding a can of beans to our enchilada dinner.
“Can’t you just make meat enchiladas?!” she said.
Even though my kids are very grateful for the food set before them, and they eat anything I cook – they still are kids! (Speak their minds, right?)
I said, Abby, we’re going to be cooking with a lot more rice and beans this next year! No more complaining, girl!
A few months ago, with the tanking economy, we sat our children down to explain how our family needs to save money and make changes – in every area we can!
We’ve already made small changes
• cut the newspaper subscription
• cut the long-distance from our phone plan
• cut our “beloved” soccer channel (a very painful cut!)
• cut buying any frozen, processed food items
• cut gas use, by carpooling to sport events and birthday parties
• cut produce and herb costs, by growing our own
Every dish I prepare now, I’m thinking ahead to how I can stretch it out, using less meat and more rice or beans! Rice is cheap - and you can stock up on beans as they go on sale!
Double the quantity
Simple recipes like tacos, enchiladas, soups, quesadillas, wraps, even a scrambled egg dinner! Keep it simple, but double the quantity by adding rice or beans - or both!
Rice cooker - less than a minute
I’ve found by leaving my rice cooker out on the counter, I'm using it more. In less than a minute of preparation, my rice is cooking! Last night after dinner I cooked 2 cups of brown rice, planning ahead for tonight’s meal.
I have a new meatloaf recipe that I want to try this week. And guess what I’ll be adding to it?
Are you like me - wishing that you had bought stock in rice and beans? I’d love to hear how you are stretching your meals out!