A Vegetarian Diet
Eat Healthy, Eat Cheap
With many families trying to fight inflation at the grocery store, I have seen lots of posts about "going veggie" a few meals a week or eating beans and rice. Some posts I have seen online have lamented about beans and rice as a boring meal, something that would be unbearable for even one meal a week. Here are some tips that are sure to make basic beans and rice the family favorite in your household!
Use dry beans. If you really want to reap the financial benefits of eating rice and beans, try using dried beans. Many times a bag of dried beans is the same cost as a can of beans. You can get many meals from a bag of dried beans, instead of one meal from the recipe-ready can. You can make dried beans recipe ready by presoaking them. Instead of just soaking enough for one recipe, soak the whole bag, and freeze the remainder in 14-ounce portions. (The size of a supermarket can of beans.)
Use real rice. The same principal holds true for rice. Large bags of plain white or brown rice are more cost effective than boxes of rice that come with spices. Use your savings to purchase fresh veggies like onions, peppers, and tomatoes for flavoring the rice.
Think outside the box. There are many variations of rice and beans, but it may be the case that after a while your family tires of looking at rice and beans on a plate, even if it tastes good. That's when you have to get creative. The reason beans and rice is a cost-effective meal is because it makes a complete protein, therefore eliminating the need for meat. Make a few simple changes to the presentation of basic beans and rice, and you have a cost-effective meal that the whole family will love.
I hope these tips have helped you think about beans and rice in a different way. Look for any recipes that feature beans instead of meat, or rice to bulk up a meal. Your grocery bill will fall without sacrificing enjoyable fare at the dinner table.
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