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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Beans and Rice, Rice and Beans

If you've ever listened to The Dave Ramsey Show you undoubtedly  have heard his reference to eating beans and rice, rice and beans.  I don't know Dave but I'll go out on a limb and say he is speaking metaphorically and really doesn't expect his listeners to eat beans and rice until they're out of debt.  Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with eating them often and to Dave's point it's a frugal and tasty dish.  In honor of debt freedom let's talk about different dishes that will help you bloom on a budget.

Red Beans & Rice - probably the most famous of all bean dishes.  It's a classic bayou dish that is traditionally served on Mondays.  Like all beans they are high in protein, high in fiber, and economical.  Bay leaf, celery, onion, bell peppers, white pepper, red pepper, and black pepper give it a unique flavor.

1 pound red beans
1 sweet onion chopped
3-4 stalks of celery chopped
1 green bell pepper chopped
2 cloves garlic pressed and minced
2 bay leaves
1 tsp each black, white, and red pepper
Few drops of liquid smoke (optional)
Hot sauce for the table
Fresh water
Brown rice cooked to directions

I use a crock pot. Sort the beans (1 pound) and soak over night.  Drain and rinse well.  Return beans to the crock pot and cover with water by about an inch.  Toss in all of the ingredients and cook on low for 8-10 hours.  Beans should be creamy and delish!

I serve with a side salad and my wife and kids like a little bit of crunchy french bread as well.

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