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Spicy Black Beans and Rice A Favorite Frugal Fall Recipe

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Yesterday we celebrated my youngest son's first birthday. It is amazing to me that he is already an entire year old. It seems that time flies faster with each and every child. We had a great time, he got his first shake at birthday cake, opened up a present from Nana and Grandaddy and fell into bed, exhausted. After he fell asleep my husband and I spent some time reliving the events of September 18, 2009 with a few tears in our eyes.

As I sat down to write I also remember that Shop Talk is one year old! I wrote my very first Shop Talk blog that weekend, from the hospital, delirious and happy to have a healthy baby, despite his being one month premature. I didn't know what to write...this blog is very different from what I write in my own space at SuperJenn. I decided to introduce myself, throw out a few deals and call it an evening.

Today I find that I still don't know how to approach this blog from time to time. There are so many different readers with so many different interests when it comes to saving money...shopping deals and cutting coupons that it seems a little bit of diversity keeps us all a little more interested.

Today, I'm exhausted again. A birthday and a baptism all in one weekend means lots of family and lots of excitement. The rain and slightly cooler temperatures make me dream of fall and the warm, wonderful smells of comfort food. In that spirit, I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite recipes: Spicy Black Beans and Rice. Simple (because I'm tired), Healthy (do I need a reason?), and very inexpensive (because I wouldn't have it any other way).

Spicy Black Beans and Rice

1/2 c. chopped white onion

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 - 14.5oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 - 14.5oz can stewed Mexican Style tomatoes

1/8 - 1/4 tsp. crushed dried pepper

2c. prepared brown rice

Prepare the brown rice according to the package ingredients.

Heat the oil in a saucepan and saute the garlic and onion until translucent. Add the beans, tomatoes and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 15 minutes.

I've served this not only over rice, but wrapped in a tortilla and as a side dish with a grilled chicken breast.

This week Dillons is hosting a "Cart Buster Sale"and I'm stocking up on the rice, beans and tomatoes needed to make this recipe:
Bush's Black Beans for $0.88 DelMonte stewed tomatoes for $0.88. There is a $1/5 coupon in today's RedPlum. Buy five and the final price is reduced to $0.68 per can. Brown Rice is under $2 for an entire bag.

A healthy, warm meal to bring in the cooler weather without stretching my budget or ruining my diet.

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Comments

Katara 3 years, 7 months ago

There is also a $1/2 Bush's beans in the mailer Dillons sent out a couple of weeks ago. It is a little booklet called "My Magazine" & the topic is "Celebrate the Americas". If you get Dillons coupons in the mail, you probably received this too.

I'm needing to stock up on beans for chili so this sale will be nice :)

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Agnostick 3 years, 7 months ago

Toss some diced leftover ham in here, or a ham hock or two, and you have a decent variation on a classic Cuban dish.

As to canning your own dry black beans... meh. I mean, yeah, it works, but once you factor in:

  • cost of beans

  • cost of jars

  • cost of lids

  • cost of canning equipment

and the biggies...

  • cost of energy and water required to sterilize jars, soak beans, cook beans, properly can them in a big pot of boiling water on the stove, etc.

... well, I mean... really? Buy store-brand canned black beans when they're on sale, and recycle the cans... and you're at least coming out even on the money, if it's not cheaper... and you're definitely saving loads of time that might be better spent elsewhere!

I think canning is great, especially for homegrown produce, or homemade jams, jellies, relishes etc. ... but for beans? Meh.

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dragonwagon2 3 years, 7 months ago

Or cooking them and freezing them in 1 cup bags - even easier and much less costly than buying the cans. I do a variety of beans this way and keep them in the freezer for all kinds of dishes. Works really well.

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number3of5 3 years, 7 months ago

Why not save even more money by buying the dry black beans and canning them in pint jars for your own use. I do....

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