Friday, August 3, 2007

Beans for a week!

Being a fan of Dave Ramsey's we took his plan of living on beans to save money to heart. A couple of years ago we were struggling with a lot of debt and after listening to Dave we decided it was time to make a change. He's not joking when he says you might have to live on beans, we did and it worked!

Dried beans in the bags at the grocery are very cheap so we would load up on bags of beans and take them home to soak overnight. If you drain the water several times it helps with the...uhh..effects beans can have on your body. My hubby makes a killer chili powder from scratch and put those in the beans while cooking. If you're in a pinch you can use your pressure cooker to get the beans ready faster. Even my girls love a bowl of beans with a slice of cornbread. After the first night you can get creative with your leftover beans. We'd throw some cut up ham in for one meal, use them for quesadillas another meal, add rice, make a soup etc. The sky's the limit with beans. Even when we're not in a financial crunch it has become a tradition to have bean week at least once a month!


Anonymous said...

What a great idea, thanks :-)

kpottlitzer said...

hey kara!

i just got a user account so i could comment on your blog! i love the out of the mouth of babes stories. maybe you could write a short book of those. beans for a week sounds good. i have a great recipe for black beans that i can give you. lentils are good too. you can make bean burgers as well that are tasty.

Myfriendconnie said...

We love beans and cornbread. You can't get much more fugal than that!

Unrelated: I had to dive in to the pool FULLY CLOTHED today!! Of course, I blogged about it. Your friend, Misty, witnessed the whole thing. It wasn't pretty!