Rice and Red Beans, Large Meal For The Hungry, Frugal Meals

Feed a Large Group, Frugally

Do you have a program for feeding the hungry in your town? Is there a soup kitchen you know of that may be looking for another recipe to feed a whole bunch of people? One winter I was barely surviving. Too proud to put up with the harassment of those who hate people getting help from the USDA, I lived on a food budget of an average of $20.00. That was in 2011 in Arkansas.

No matter how scarce the resources, it is important to put the best ingredients into our bodies. It seems that the healthier eating lifestyle is for those who have more. The poor often have a choice of fresh veggies and fruit for a couple of days, but then all one can afford seems to be made of carbohydrates and sugar. It is important to research what we eat and drink.

The processed meats in this recipe are not the healthiest available, but beans and rice do make a perfect protein and that is much needed by people who are living on the streets, or in poverty housing.

Once you have prepared this, hopefully will pass this on to other shelters and places who feed a lot of people.

This is also good if you have a rowdy group of teens or tweens coming over on Saturday with an already stretched beyond pinched budget. What can you make to satisfy the hunger of all of those stomachs?

In a few hours you can feed a bunch of people a meal high in fiber, carbohydrates and vitamins. This recipe is quick to prepare, easy to serve, and simple to freeze or refrigerate if there are any leftovers. Enjoy.

How To Wash & Rinse Rice by Shuji Ozeki

Red Beans and Rice, Various Stages of Readiness

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1 16 oz package of favorite sausage - BrownedCured ham, is included for more protein in the mixture. This adds extra flavor. Add 1 cup cubed. Trademark Burgers' Country Ham, all rights reservedBrowning sausage in cast iron skillet while rice cooks.Store brand butter is lower priced, and works just as well as the fancy brands. Use a little on the bottom of the pot when you first cook the rice.Cook rice according to package. Use long grain white rice if your budget allows. With all the stirring, the long grain holds up betterAfter turning down heat to simmering the rice, the lid needs to keep the steam in the pot.Tough Girl can opener, opened 2 cans of pre-soaked red beans and riceOne can of store brand pre-soaked red beans and rice.Pretty orange bell pepper sitting on old recipe book.Add desired veggies to cooked rice. At this point the water used to cook rice should be mostly gone. Onion, garlic, orange bell pepper, cavanders, and sea salt.Cooking on med high, this is about 40 minutes inThe steam from the Red Beans and Rice; after about 2 hours, fogged the lens. If you could only smell this! Use extreme caution when removing lid. The steam that will escape can burn or scald skin, eyes etc. Can You Smell This? This will #feed the #hungry. It is a good idea for a shelter, or soup kitchen. Yummy.
1 16 oz package of favorite sausage - Browned
1 16 oz package of favorite sausage - Browned | Source
Cured ham, is included for more protein in the mixture. This adds extra flavor. Add 1 cup cubed. Trademark Burgers' Country Ham, all rights reserved
Cured ham, is included for more protein in the mixture. This adds extra flavor. Add 1 cup cubed. Trademark Burgers' Country Ham, all rights reserved | Source
Browning sausage in cast iron skillet while rice cooks.
Browning sausage in cast iron skillet while rice cooks. | Source
Store brand butter is lower priced, and works just as well as the fancy brands. Use a little on the bottom of the pot when you first cook the rice.
Store brand butter is lower priced, and works just as well as the fancy brands. Use a little on the bottom of the pot when you first cook the rice. | Source
Cook rice according to package. Use long grain white rice if your budget allows. With all the stirring, the long grain holds up better
Cook rice according to package. Use long grain white rice if your budget allows. With all the stirring, the long grain holds up better | Source
After turning down heat to simmering the rice, the lid needs to keep the steam in the pot.
After turning down heat to simmering the rice, the lid needs to keep the steam in the pot. | Source
Tough Girl can opener, opened 2 cans of pre-soaked red beans and rice
Tough Girl can opener, opened 2 cans of pre-soaked red beans and rice | Source
One can of store brand pre-soaked red beans and rice.
One can of store brand pre-soaked red beans and rice. | Source
Pretty orange bell pepper sitting on old recipe book.
Pretty orange bell pepper sitting on old recipe book. | Source
Add desired veggies to cooked rice. At this point the water used to cook rice should be mostly gone. Onion, garlic, orange bell pepper, cavanders, and sea salt.
Add desired veggies to cooked rice. At this point the water used to cook rice should be mostly gone. Onion, garlic, orange bell pepper, cavanders, and sea salt. | Source
Cooking on med high, this is about 40 minutes in
Cooking on med high, this is about 40 minutes in | Source
The steam from the Red Beans and Rice; after about 2 hours, fogged the lens. If you could only smell this!
The steam from the Red Beans and Rice; after about 2 hours, fogged the lens. If you could only smell this! | Source
Use extreme caution when removing lid. The steam that will escape can burn or scald skin, eyes etc.
Use extreme caution when removing lid. The steam that will escape can burn or scald skin, eyes etc. | Source
Can You Smell This? This will #feed the #hungry. It is a good idea for a shelter, or soup kitchen. Yummy.
Can You Smell This? This will #feed the #hungry. It is a good idea for a shelter, or soup kitchen. Yummy. | Source

Ingredients

  • 2 16 oz cans red beans, Pre-Soaked
  • 1 16 oz package sausage, kielbasa, polish, hot, mild
  • 1/2 bell pepper, Orange
  • 1 16 oz package white rice, long grain
  • 4 -16 garlic, cloves
  • 1/2 small onion, purple
  • To Taste - 4 TBLs Cajun seasoning, Tony Chacheres
  • 1 Tablespoon Sea salt
  • 6 Quarts water
  • 4 oz ham, cured or smoked, diced

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 25 min
Yields: 10 to 12 big eaters

Red Beans and Rice Frugal Meal For A Bunch

  1. Use a stock pot or lidded pan, large enough for 4.5 pound / 2.05 kilograms of food. Use this to cook white rice according to instructions on rice package.
  2. When water is almost absorbed, and rice is fluffy, remove from heat. Rinse rice until water runs clear. Remove from pot. Set aside in a heat resistant bowl.
  3. Put cleaned stock pot on largest back burner. Set burner on medium to medium high. Dump both cans of drained red beans into the pot. Toss in browned sausage, and diced ham.
  4. While beans are frying gently in the pot, use another skillet, on medium low heat,to stir-fry with light butter, toss onions, garlic and bell pepper until all sides of veggies have been brazed.
  5. In stock pot,of red beans, sausage and ham, combine brazed veggies, and water to cover mixture. Add cajun seasonings. Set burner on medium low, stir every 20 to 30 minutes. Cook time about 4 hours.
  6. alternative: instead of putting into pot on the stove, use a 6QT or larger crock pot or slow cooker. As mixture reaches soupy consistency, turn crock pot on high. Carefully transfer beans, sausage, and vegetables to pot. Add enough water to cover. Put lid on, high 4 hours.
  7. When your beans, veggies and meat are about 3.5 hours in, mix in cooked, rinsed rice. Stir gently and thoroughly. Keep on low heat during serve times.
  8. Any leftovers, need to be cooled uncovered, and after cooling, put in refrigerator or freeze leftovers.

Frugal Meal - Good For Shelter or Cooking Over Fire

  • 1 pound or .45 kg of uncooked, long grain white rice $2.00
  • 2 cans pre-soaked red beans $3.00
  • 1 pound or .45 kg of sausage $3.50
  • Ham $2.50
  • Bell Pepper $2.00
  • Garlic & Onion $1.50

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$14.50

These prices are approximate. This batch can feed over a dozen people, or a small family for several days. These are U.S.D. in the Southern portion of North America.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Cup
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

disclaimer:

All rights reserved Photo of ™Burgers' Country Ham was taken by me, but Trademark of Burgers.

© 2012 Lori J Latimer

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crazyhorsesghost 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

Great Hub and an excellent recipe. I will definitely be making this to feed at the soup kitchen this coming fall. Thanks for the great recipe and ideal.


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LillyGrillzit 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

crazyhorseghost, it is an honor to have you consider this recipe. You are a master, may it feed all that are hungry.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Lilly, great recipe, and frugal times I've done similar but I'll have to test drive this, a different twist is always welcome,

Peace,

50


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LillyGrillzit 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

50 Caliber another great cook! Thank you so much. It is different. I love jumping outside of the box when it comes to preparing food. I cook by feel, more than rules. Please let me know what you think. Tweak it to your own tastes and ideas.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Lilly, This sounds wonderful, a good way to feed a large family. Thank you for sharing..


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LillyGrillzit 4 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

always: Thank you, yes it is a good way to feed a bunch. :0)

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