beans http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/991/all en-US 35 Delicious Rice and Bean Dishes http://www.wisebread.com/35-delicious-rice-and-bean-dishes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/35-delicious-rice-and-bean-dishes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beansrice-178528830.jpg" alt="beans and rice" title="beans and rice" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you&#39;re a vegan or meat eater, beans and rice make a hearty meal, any way you choose to prepare them. If you buy your beans in bulk, and soak them, they are even cheaper than canned. The same goes for rice; however, even buying the instant rice and canned beans makes for an affordable meal. Choose brown rice for a more nutritious meal. From Cuba to Italy, here are 35 rice and bean recipes that add flare to this classic combination. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-delicious-and-healthy-black-bean-recipes?ref=seealso">Cheap and Healthy Black Bean Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>1. Mexican Tomato Rice &amp; Beans</h2> <p>This classic recipe for <a href="http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/mexican-tomato-rice-beans.aspx">Mexican tomato rice and beans</a> combines ingredients that you already have in your pantry at home. Not only is it quick and easy, but you can also leave out the jalapeno if you don&#39;t like dishes that are spicy. This makes a perfect meal for a cold day!</p> <h2>2. West African Beans and Rice</h2> <p>Although this <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/west-african-beans-15522">West African beans and rice recipe</a> is very simple, it is packed with flavor. If you can find the West African cayenne, you can make it extra spicy.</p> <h2>3. Indian Dal</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/beansrice-177135840-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 302px;" /></p> <p>One of the most popular Indian dishes is dal, which you can eat with rice or naan. This <a href="http://www.indiasnacks.com/recipe/118/Chana-Dal-%28Curried-Chick-Peas%29.php">curried chickpea dal</a> recipe calls for traditional ingredients. You should be able to find the spices in the International aisle at the grocery store. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-garam-masala?ref=seealso">Delicious Ways to Enjoy Garam Masala</a>)</p> <h2>4. Smoky Pinto Bean and Brown Rice Soup</h2> <p>This <a href="http://glutenfreehope.blogspot.com/2011/01/pinto-bean-and-rice-soup-vegan.html">pinto bean and rice soup recipe</a> is great for the vegan and gluten-free crowd. Top the soup with sour cream and chopped scallions, or try pairing it with <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/8022105560205444/">jalapeno cornbread</a> to kick it up a notch! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list?ref=seealso">Frugal Items for Your Vegan Grocery List</a>)</p> <h2>5. Caribbean Pigeon Peas</h2> <p>While you may love Caribbean food for the flavor, the best part about Caribbean cooking is that the ingredients are often cheap and easy to find. This recipe for <a href="http://www.trinigourmet.com/index.php/sarinas-pigeon-peas-and-rice-recipe/">rice with pigeon peas</a> has some of the most basic ingredients, and the addition of coconut milk gives it a creamy texture and adds flavor.</p> <h2>6. Cajun Red Beans and Rice</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/beansrice-119813460-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.thebittenword.com/thebittenword/2010/02/cajun-red-beans-and-rice.html?cid=6a00e55015ee5288330128779b56a2970c">Cajun red beans and rice</a> is a classic way to prepare beans and rice, and the andouille sausage makes this dish. Have a potluck to attend? This is an excellent and affordable dish to bring. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/win-your-next-potluck-with-one-of-these-23-cheap-easy-potluck-dishes?ref=seealso">Cheap and Easy Potluck Dishes</a>)</p> <h2>7. Black-Eyed Peas and Rice: Hoppin&#39; John</h2> <p>Traditionally this dish is served on New Year&#39;s Day for good luck. Also known as <a href="http://www.closetcooking.com/2012/01/hoppin-john.html">Hoppin&#39; John</a>, this recipe is made with black-eyed peas simmered with ham or bacon (use turkey bacon for a healthier choice), and then it&#39;s served with collard greens.</p> <h2>8. Sticky Rice Balls With Beans</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.simplecomfortfood.com/2007/06/12/sticky-rice-with-thai-spicy-dipping-sauce/">sticky rice</a> dish from East Asia consists of hand-held rice balls that are dipped into a variety of sauces. This is a fun dish for kids, and you can make it less spicy for sensitive taste buds.</p> <h2>9. Black Bean Tacos With Mango Salsa and Rice</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/beansrice-177138745-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>You can leave out the fish from this <a href="http://www.onefamilyonemeal.com/recipe/detail/%E2%80%9Cpick_your_fish%E2%80%9D_tacos_with_homemade_mango_salsa,_black_beans,_and_rice">fish tacos recipe</a>, or serve the rice and beans in addition to the fish tacos. Try mixing the mango salsa with black beans and rice to create a cold salad, which is also a quick and easy dish for potlucks.</p> <h2>10. Vegetarian Paella</h2> <p>While there are several versions of <a href="http://www.simplespanishfood.com/2012/03/arroz-empedrat-o-empedrado-a-colorful-rice-bean-paella.html">vegetarian paella</a>, the whole cloves of garlic and saffron really make this dish. Saffron can be extremely strong If you&#39;re looking for a taste of Spain, this recipe is the way to go!</p> <h2>11. Saffron Rice With Peas and Garbanzo Beans</h2> <p>If you already have the saffron from the paella dish above, this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Saffron-Rice-with-Peas-and-Garbanzo-Beans-5404">saffron rice combined with peas and beans</a> adds some variety and bold flavors to the weekly menu. This can make a meal, or it can be a side dish for grilled veggie and meat kabobs.</p> <h2>12. Beans and Rice Biryani</h2> <p>If you are looking for a savory vegetarian dish with lots of spice, this <a href="http://www.khanapakana.com/recipe/08ea2884-320c-40d1-8d46-02ff0212337a/-saffron-vegetable-biryani-zafrani-sabzi-biryani-">beans and rice biryani</a> recipe is for you. While this recipe is slightly more complicated than some of the others, it is well worth it. Make sure you have plenty of time before trying this one.</p> <h2>13. Cast Iron Refried Pinto Beans and Rice</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/beansrice-160353878-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Anything cooked in an iron skillet is going to be tasty, in my opinion, and this classic <a href="http://www.derekoncastiron.com/2010/05/recipe-refried-pinto-beans.html?m=1">refried pinto beans and rice dish</a> is so simple even a rookie cook can handle it. The secret to caramelizing onions is to use low heat and lots of oil. Serve with corn tortillas and cheddar cheese, or use black beans if you don&#39;t like pinto beans.</p> <h2>14.Middle Eastern Fava Beans</h2> <p>Another dish that calls for saffron, this Middle Eastern dish uses fava beans, which may be difficult to find, unless you find a specialty foods market. Some co-ops and health food stores will have them in produce during certain times of the year. But if you can find fresh or canned fava beans, this recipe for <a href="http://herbivoracious.com/2009/04/fava-beans-potatoes-saffron-rice.html">fava beans with potatoes and saffron rice</a> is a sophisticated addition to your nightly menu.</p> <h2>15. Tuscan Bean and Rice Soup</h2> <p>If you are looking for a low-calorie and hearty dish, this <a href="http://www.thenakedkitchen.com/tuscan-bean-and-rice-soup/">Tuscan bean and rice soup</a> from Tuscany is the perfect choice. Try serving it with a dry Riesling and crusty bread, or top it with freshly grated Parmesan for a real taste of Italy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flavorful-foods-worth-splurging-on?ref=seealso">Flavorful Foods Worth Splurging On</a>)</p> <h2>16. Mung Bean Crepes</h2> <p>You can get all the nutritional benefits of beans and rice in a <a href="http://yummyplants.com/vegan-recipe/pesarattu-mung-bean-rice-crepe/">mung bean crepe</a>. This is also a gluten-free dish if you want a savory crepe without the gluten.</p> <h2>17. Backpacking Rice and Beans</h2> <p>Most of this recipe <a href="http://www.backpackingchef.com/red-beans-and-rice-recipe.html">comes from a package or can</a>, but we had to include a recipe for backpacking trips. The canned salmon adds an interesting twist to this classic combo. This is perfect for picnics and travel food as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon?ref=seealso">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a>)</p> <h2>18. Black Bean Turkey Chili</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/beansrice-111958458-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>This <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/black_bean_turkey_chili/">black bean turkey chili</a> recipe doesn&#39;t call for rice, but you could easily add brown rice for a heartier stew. You can even use the turkey from Thanksgiving leftovers instead of ground turkey.</p> <h2>19. Spanish Rice and Peas With Steamed Mussels</h2> <p>Another recipe from Spain, this <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/64105994665677537/">rice and bean paella</a> includes steamed mussels, shrimp and artichokes. You may not be able to find squid, but it&#39;s fine without it, and the mussels make a great presentation for guests.</p> <h2>20. Kosher Rice and Bean Fritters</h2> <p>While steamed mussels are definitely not Kosher, these <a href="http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipes/rice-and-bean-burgers-or-patties/">rice and bean fritters</a> are from Joy of Kosher. They were originally intended as burgers, but the cook who adapted this recipe from Martha Stewart thinks of them more like fritters.</p> <h2>21. Kid-Friendly Rice and Bean Burritos</h2> <p>If you are a parent with picky eaters, try these <a href="http://www.parenting.com/article/rice-and-bean-burritos">rice and bean burritos</a>. The recipe lists a few alternatives that are healthier than the original version. Bonus: they are ready in 30 minutes!</p> <h2>22. Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl</h2> <p>You don&#39;t need the tortilla to make this <a href="http://www.theroastedroot.net/cauliflower-rice-burrito-bowls/">cauliflower rice burrito bowl</a>. It&#39;s a great choice if you are on a budget or don&#39;t have a lot of time. The rice is actually made from grated cauliflower, so it takes less time to cook than regular rice.</p> <h2>23. Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed With Rice and Beans</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/beansrice-134169780-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>This is a perfect fall recipe if you are looking for <a href="http://harringtonharmonies.com/2013/01/stuffed-acorn-squash.html">something to do with all those winter vegetables </a>available now. This one also makes a lovely presentation for a small dinner party.</p> <h2>24. Golden Split Pea Soup With Smoked Ham</h2> <p>While it&#39;s not vegetarian, what sets this <a href="http://thecozyapron.com/cozy-cameo-golden-split-pea-soup-handed-over/">split pea soup</a> apart is the smoked ham and homemade crispy onions. You can always take out the ham and add liquid smoke for the same flavor. Serve it over brown basmati rice.</p> <h2>25. Vietnamese Black-Eyed Pea and Sweet Rice Pudding</h2> <p>Similar to the sticky rice balls, this <a href="http://forkfingerschopsticks.com/black-eyed-peas-vietnamese-sweet-rice-bean-pudding-che-dau-trang/">black-eyed pea and sweet rice pudding</a> provides plenty of opportunity to get creative with it. Note the additional ingredients at the bottom of the recipe: tapioca, lotus seeds, taro root, crunchy seaweed, or cinnamon and vanilla.</p> <h2>26. Lentil Stuffed Peppers</h2> <p>Even though this <a href="http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/foodday/fd0597/fd052997.html#axzz2j8u8Trn7">lentils mexicanos and pea-stuffed peppers</a> recipe calls for tortilla chips, you could easily replace the chips with rice. You can do the same for the pea-stuffed pepper recipe below that. Make it vegetarian and replace the beef with brown rice. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes?ref=seealso">Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>27. Jamaican Lentil Stew With Coconut</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/beansrice-178395246-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Looking for another lentil recipe? This <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/jamaican-lentil-stew-with-coconut-137609">lentil stew</a> combines the spice of Jamaican food with creamy coconut to ease the burn. You could eat it with or without rice.</p> <h2>28. Bolivian Spicy Lentil Stew (Aji De Lentejas)</h2> <p>As another lentil option, this <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/aj-de-lentejas-bolivian-spicy-lentil-stew-307531">Bolivian spicy lentil stew</a> provides plenty of spice if you are into spicy food. The longer it sits, the spicier it will be, and it&#39;s also vegan.</p> <h2>29. Deconstructed Fish Tacos With Black Beans and Rice</h2> <p>If you&#39;ve never made a &quot;deconstructed&quot; meal, this is a good one to try. The preparation for this unique <a href="http://thecozyapron.com/a-cozy-resolution-oh-to-be-like-the-roasted-stuffed-acorn-squash/">fish taco with beans and rice</a> recipe is a little more complicated, but it is well worth it when it&#39;s time to serve it up.</p> <h2>30. Green Beans With Brown Rice and Garlic</h2> <p>This recipe for <a href="http://eat-love-and-be-happy.com/green-beans-with-brown-rice-and-garlic/">green beans with brown rice and garlic</a> is perhaps the simplest recipe on the list. It&#39;s a great choice if you are looking to simplify your meals, and if you are a garlic lover.</p> <h2>31. German Rice With Bratwurst</h2> <p>While this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/german-rice/">German rice</a> recipe doesn&#39;t call for beans, you could add black-eyed peas or northern white beans to give it more texture and flavor.</p> <h2>32. Rice and Bean Collard Wrap</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/beansrice-178377456-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>You could take any of these rice and bean recipes and stuff them into a <a href="http://upwave.com/healthy-recipes/wrap-alternatives?cid=uwdaotbnart01">collard wrap</a> for a healthier choice! The Hoppin&#39; John recipe would be a good one since it is typically service with collard greens.</p> <h2>33. Calypso Rice and Beans</h2> <p>This is <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/calypso-rice-beans-10000000222353/">Calypso rice and beans</a> dish another easy meal to prepare. The pineapple and jalapeno give it a sweet and spicy flavor.</p> <h2>34. Okra Rice</h2> <p>As someone originally from the South, I am a sucker for anything with okra. You can add <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Perfect-Fried-Okra-Recipe/">fried okra</a> for another variation of this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/okra-rice/">okra rice recipe</a>.</p> <h2>35. Ethiopian Beef and Peanut Stew</h2> <p>This <a href="http://thecozyapron.com/the-delicious-gift-of-inspiration/">Ethiopian Beef and Peanut Stew</a> recipe is probably the spiciest recipe on this list. It puts a spin on this classic Ethiopian dish, especially with the scallion brown rice. All of the ingredients are easy to find and may already be in your pantry.</p> <p>What&#39;s your favorite recipe for beans and rice?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-watson">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-delicious-rice-and-bean-dishes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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High in protein and fiber and costing just pennies per serving, beans can be dressed up or down, served along with meat or as a protein source all their own, and kept on your pantry shelf for months.</p> <p>I love beans. I also know, though, that if you aren&rsquo;t already a big bean fan, beans can seem pretty boring. Suggestions like &ldquo;just toss them in a salad!&rdquo; often aren&rsquo;t all that helpful. So instead, here is a big collection of recipes that you can use beans in, from dips to main dishes and more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">25 Things to&nbsp;Do With&nbsp;Rotisserie Chicken</a>)</p> <p>Also, it's a point of contention it's better to use <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/canned-vs-dried-beans-which-are-cheaper">dry or canned beans</a>. Personally, I use dry &mdash; they're cheaper and don't have extra sodium in them. Canned beans, however, are a great convenience. Use what works for you.</p> <h2>Dips and Spreads</h2> <p>Dips and spreads are a great way to use beans.&nbsp;They're also the main reason why I try to keep at least one can of beans around &mdash; if I have unexpected guests, it's easy to whip up a bowl of hummus or black bean dip from ingredients in the pantry.</p> <p><strong>1. Hummus</strong></p> <p>All right, yeah, you probably expected to see hummus on this list. But it deserves to be here. It's gosh darn good, and it's easy to make yourself. The paprika-topped <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/israeli-hummus-with-paprika-and-whole-chickpeas-cocktails-2009">hummus recipe from&nbsp;Zahav</a>, one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia, is fantastic.</p> <p><strong>2. Hummusy Baba Ganoush</strong></p> <p>If you want a change from the normal hummus, try this <a href="http://vegetarian.about.com/od/saucesdipsspreads/r/babaganoush.htm">baba ganoush recipe</a> &mdash; while it isn't typical, this particular version of the eggplant dip includes chickpeas as well.</p> <p><strong>3. Balsamic Bean Dip</strong></p> <p>Chickpeas aren't the only beans that lend themselves to a good blended bean dip or spread &mdash; this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Balsamic-Bean-Dip-with-Fresh-Veggies-241331">balsamic bean dip</a> uses cannellini beans and balsamic vinegar for a different twist.</p> <p><strong>4. Black Bean Dip</strong></p> <p>Oh man, looking at <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/black_bean_dip.html">black bean dip</a> recipes makes me want to go to some sort of sports-watching gathering so badly. I must confess, I have kind of an addiction to tortilla chips.</p> <p><strong>5. White Bean Spread With&nbsp;Garlic and Rosemary</strong></p> <p>Garlic and rosemary are two of my favorite flavors, which means I couldn't resist this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/white-bean-spread-with-garlic--rosemary/">white bean spread</a> that, according to the recipe, can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.</p> <h2>Soups</h2> <p>In the winter, there isn't much that's better than a warm bowl of soup &mdash; and protein-filled beans can help make soup a complete meal.</p> <p><strong>6. Artichoke and White Bean Soup</strong></p> <p>This <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/artichoke_white_bean_soup.html">artichoke and white bean soup</a> from EatingWell comes together super fast when you have canned beans and artichokes. Even though it's not your traditional brothy soup, I ate this the last time I was sick.&nbsp;I loved being able to throw it together so fast.</p> <p><strong>7. African Chickpea Stew</strong></p> <p>This <a href="http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/832857-African-peanut-and-chickpea-stew">African&nbsp;chickpea stew recipe</a> is very similar to one I used to make for work lunches. With chickpeas, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and kale, it makes a warm and filling one-pot meal.</p> <p><strong>8. Quick Minestrone</strong></p> <p>If you need a fast dinner, this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Quick-Minestrone-Soup-236017">quick minestrone</a> from&nbsp;Epicurious can help you out.</p> <p><strong>9. Black Bean Soup</strong></p> <p>I almost never think to make black bean soup &mdash; why not just make chili? &mdash; but whenever I&nbsp;have it,&nbsp;I'm reminded of how much I enjoy it. And it has a lot of great variations. There's this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Black-Bean-Soup-with-Cumin-and-Jalapeno-109772">cumin and jalapeno black bean soup</a>,&nbsp;a version t<a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/03/dinner-tonight-black-bean-soup-with-fried-egg-recipe.html">opped with a fried egg</a>, one that <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Black-White-Bean-Soup-Sweet-Potatoes-21383754">mixes black and white beans with sweet potatoes</a>, and <a href="http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/black_bean_soup/">black bean soup</a> with a generous flavoring of ham hock.</p> <p><strong>10. Ribollita</strong></p> <p>Adam at the Amateur Gourmet whips up <a href="http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2012/01/ribollita-italian-cabbage-and-bean-soup.html">Ribollita</a>, a soup that combines beans and cheap veggies like cabbage and kale. He also throws in the rind from his Parmesean, which is a great way to flavor soup and use up ALL the cheese.</p> <h2>Main Dishes</h2> <p>Beans' high protein make them an ideal (and super-frugal) stand-in for meat in meals.</p> <p><strong>11. Baked Beans</strong></p> <p>My mother's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-old-lady-recipes-classic-frugal-cooking">baked beans</a> are one of my favorite recipes of all time. With just a little bit of salt pork, molasses, onion, and garlic, a $1.29 bag of white beans becomes a warm, delicious, and filling main dish that can feed a family and leave leftovers.&nbsp;I serve these with coleslaw and either brown bread or corn bread.</p> <p><strong>12. Socca</strong></p> <p>Okay, so this <a href="http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E05E6D7153FF93AA25753C1A9639C8B63">chickpea pancake</a> uses somewhat-more-expensive chickpea flour. But it's just too good not to include. Every time I cook it, I'm amazed by how so few ingredients can quickly turn into a delightful, crispy, filling dish. The recipe from&nbsp;Mark Bittman talks about serving it as an appetizer, but my favorite way to serve it is as a main dish, topped with a warm salad of your choice.</p> <p><strong>13. Bean Burritos</strong></p> <p>When&nbsp;I think of bean burritos, I think of two different kinds. The first is like this <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Bean-Burritos">refried bean burritos recipe</a> &mdash; it's similar to one my mom made growing up, except we didn't include rice, added onion, and replaced the salsa with diced tomatoes. The second kind uses whole beans and more ingredients, like this <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/312932/bean-burritos">bean burrito</a> recipe from&nbsp;Martha Stewart.</p> <p><strong>14. Catalan Sauteed Polenta and Butter Beans</strong></p> <p>You might also know butter beans by their less-popular name &mdash; lima beans. In this <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/catalan_sauteed_polenta_butter_beans.html">Spanish-inspired recipe</a>, they're paired with polenta (which you can easily make from scratch instead of buying the prepared tube recommended).</p> <p><strong>15. Cuban Black Beans</strong></p> <p>I've also made this <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/frijoles-negros-cuban-black-beans-8969">Cuban black beans</a> recipe with red kidney beans. They work well served over rice as a main dish (and a side of fried plantains, if you feel like it), or as a side dish.<strong><br /> </strong></p> <p><strong>16. Bean Burgers</strong></p> <p>There are tons of bean burger recipes out there, based on all sorts of beans and cuisines. This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/homemade-black-bean-veggie-burgers/">black bean burger recipe</a> is pretty straightforward, while Heidi at 101 Cookbooks recommends a <a href="http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/001567.html">burger with chickpeas</a>.</p> <p><strong>17. Vegan Sloppy Joes</strong></p> <p>My friend Ashley over at (never home) maker offers up this uber-quick <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/04/vegan-sloppy-joes.html">vegan sloppy joes recipe</a> that uses canned vegetarian baked beans as a base, although you could easily substitute your own homemade beans.</p> <p><strong>18. Chickpea Tikka Masala</strong></p> <p>Go Indian with this spicy <a href="http://oysterevangelist.com/?p=410">chickpea tikka masala</a>. If you have an Indian grocery nearby, visit it to find garam masala (and other Indian spices) on the cheap. You might be floored by how much you've been paying for &quot;exotic&quot; spices at your local grocery store.</p> <p><strong>19. Baked Tostones With&nbsp;Lime Tequila Black&nbsp;Beans</strong></p> <p>The blog 30&nbsp;Bucks a Week follows the adventures of a couple, uh...well, you can probably guess what they're doing. Personally, I love&nbsp;(good) tequila, so I'm pretty excited by this <a href="http://thirtyaweek.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/baked-tostones-wlime-tequila-black-beans/">lime tequila black beans recipe</a>.</p> <p><strong>20. Marinated White Beans and Beets</strong></p> <p>I'm obsessed with anything that features a vinegar tang (except normal pickles &mdash; I know, I know, don't yell), which is part of the reason why I'm entranced by this healthy <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/24/health/nutrition/24recipehealth.html">bean and beet dish</a>.</p> <h2>Meat Stretchers</h2> <p>All right, yeah, beans are a great stand-in for meat. But sometimes, you want meat too. In that case, use beans as a way to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dilutions-of-grandeur-stretch-your-food-at-every-meal">stretch costly meat</a> with these recipes.</p> <p><strong>21. Beef Chili With Kidney Beans</strong></p> <p>Make a <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/beef-chili-with-kidney-beans-201538">meaty chili</a> serve more folks with the addition of kidney beans.</p> <p><strong>22. White Beans and Sausage </strong></p> <p>Make tasty (but not-quite-good-for-you) sausage&nbsp;go further by <a href="http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/white_beans_and_sausage/">pairing it with white beans</a>. Or, if you want more vegetables in there, here's a recipe with <a href="http://markbittman.com/less-meat-mondays-cannelini-with-shredded-bru">cannellini, Brussels sprouts, and sausage</a>.</p> <p><strong>23. Shrimp and Black Bean Salad</strong></p> <p>Southwestern flavors blend in this <a href="http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2007/05/shrimp-and-black-bean-salad-with.html">shrimp and black bean salad</a> dressed with cilantro, cumin, and lime.</p> <h2>Side Dishes</h2> <p>Recently, my boyfriend's brother was talking about the secret to feeling full on his new low-carb diet &mdash; beans. Use these side dishes to round out your meal, whether you're eating low-carb or not.</p> <p><strong>24. Refried Beans</strong></p> <p>In this <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/refried-beans-10614">refried beans recipe</a>, the classic Mexican staple gets a perhaps surprising addition &mdash; beer.</p> <p><strong>25. Chickpea &quot;Fries&quot;</strong></p> <p>If you already bought chickpea flour for the Socca mentioned above (do it &mdash; that recipe is fantastic), use some more of it on these <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chickpea-fries">chickpea fries</a>.</p> <p><strong>26. Collard Greens and Red Beans</strong></p> <p>A tart side dish, <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/collard-greens-and-red-beans-79719/review">collard greens and red beans pair</a> well with Southern fare.</p> <h2>And a Dessert</h2> <p>Because <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/black-bean-brownies/">black bean brownies</a> exist.</p> <p><em>What are you favorite cheap bean recipes? Share in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-delicious-healthy-and-cheap-bean-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet">The Best Cooking Oils: For Your Heart and Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-tasty-5-ingredient-recipes">20 Tasty 5-Ingredient Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/creating-cheap-healthy-work-lunches">Creating Cheap, Healthy Work Lunches</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink bean recipes beans cheap recipes easy recipes healthy eating Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:36:17 +0000 Meg Favreau 871685 at http://www.wisebread.com Canned vs. Dried Beans: Which Are Cheaper? http://www.wisebread.com/canned-vs-dried-beans-which-are-cheaper <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/canned-vs-dried-beans-which-are-cheaper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5087361924_32152b8c5c_z.jpg" alt="dried beans" title="dried beans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to cutting your grocery bill, switching from prepared foods to their dried counterparts can often save you a good chunk of change. Looking for a good place to start? It's all about the beans!</p> <h3>Which is Cheaper: Dried or Canned Beans?</h3> <p>Dried beans average at least half to two-thirds of the price of reconstituted (canned) beans. If you're able to purchase in bulk, you're often able to save much more. A recent search at a local grocer yielded a 16 oz. bag of dried black beans for $1.47, while a 15.5 oz. can of black beans cost $0.74.</p> <p>You're probably thinking, &quot;Wait a minute, the canned beans sound like a better deal!&quot; Not so fast! One 16 oz. bag of beans tends to yield the same amount of beans as three cans. So in this example, you're saving approximately 50% on your beans.</p> <p>If you purchased three cans of beans per week and made the switch to dried beans, you'd save approximately $25 per year. It may not sound like much, but when you consider that it is only one item out of possibly hundreds that you purchase over the course of a year, it all adds up. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organic-groceries-on-a-budget" title="Organic Groceries on a Budget">Organic Groceries on a Budget</a>)</p> <h3>Other Benefits to Dried Beans</h3> <ul> <li>Dried beans often store better than canned, and if kept in a cool, dark place, keep good for up to a year or more. If you open a package or buy in bulk, make sure to place them in an airtight container.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>They take up less space. Dried beans fill one-third of the space and don't come in a rigid can form.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You're helping to reduce your carbon footprint by avoiding the purchase of aluminum cans and the extra storage weight and volume that come from canned beans.</li> </ul> <h3>How to Cook Dried Beans</h3> <p>Recipes vary by bean variety, but here are some general rules. Keep in mind that one cup of dried beans will yield two cups of cooked beans.</p> <p><strong>Step 1: Soaking</strong></p> <p>There are two ways that you can soak dried beans:</p> <ol> <li>Overnight: Rinse your beans, place in a container with double the water, and let soak for eight hours or more.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Quick Soak: Rinse the beans, place in a pot with double the water, and cook on medium for five minutes. Then cover the pot, turn off the heat, and let the beans soak for an hour.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Step 2: Cooking the Beans</strong></p> <ol> <li>Drain the beans from the water they were soaked in and put into a pot.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Cover with fresh water (about two inches above the beans).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover with lid partially and cook until tender (usually takes at least an hour).</li> </ol> <h3>Time Saving Bean-Cooking Tip</h3> <p>If you want to avoid the time involved in cooking, simply cook up large batches and then <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-easy-to-freeze-meals" title="5 Awesome Easy to Freeze Meals">freeze</a> the beans. When you want to use them later, all you need to do is defrost, and you're ready to go.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ge-miller">G.E. Miller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/canned-vs-dried-beans-which-are-cheaper">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet">The Best Cooking Oils: For Your Heart and Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-delicious-healthy-and-cheap-bean-recipes">25+ Delicious, Healthy, and Cheap Bean Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink beans canned goods cheap groceries Cooking Fri, 05 Nov 2010 12:00:10 +0000 G.E. 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