Good Beans for Hard Times
Beans - good food on a budget
Good beans for small budgets
We all wonder at some time, what to fix for dinner. Something tasty that won't break the bank. We can call it a recession or slow times, but we still have to come up with good meals. You can never go wrong, with a well seasoned, delicious pot of beans. There are so many varieties, you mix and blend flavors and try different types of meat.
If you're a vegetarian, they are great meatless. And full of fiber, and very satisfying and filling. A toss salad, a bowl of rice, cornbread or crackers, completes this meal in a nice way. You have a wonderfully inexpensive, hearty meal that will please you and your family. Beans freeze well, in plastic containers and microwave nicely. I hope you'll enjoy this recipe for, Beans in Hard Times, they're good in good times too!
1 lb. pk pinto beans
2 three- four oz. Hillshire Farms (or similar) smoked turkey or beef sausages
1 tbs. chili powder
A half teaspoon of each salt and black pepper
One drop pure vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1 tbs. chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar (for garnish)
1 lb. can Hormel chili (or similar)
1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
Pam or other cooking spray
Wash pinto beans, and and remove any small stones or bad beans, from the bowl. Place the beans in a pot, about a 2 quart pot, fill halfway with water. Add all the dry seasonings such as, salts and pepper along with the drop of oil. Turn the brings on a high flame, or burner bring to a boil for twenty minutes, in a covered pot. Cut the burner off, let the beans soak for one hour. When you are done soaking the beans, turn the burner on again. Cook them on low to medium heat for two and a half to three hours. After the beans have cooked for an hour and a half, open the can of store bought chili. Skim any orange grease, that may have settled, off the top. Cut the smoke sausage, into equal pieces. Warm meat in a pan you've lightly sprayed with Pam. Add the chopped, onions and bell peppers, lightly brown.
When your sausage and peppers are lightly brown, use a paper towel to soak up any grease. Add them to the bean pot. Cook the beans, stirring for another hour to hour and a half. Let the beans sit for about ten minutes, after removing from heat. Serve in bowls, garnish with sprinkles of cheddar. Good with cornbread, or crackers, a toss salad and rice. Please enjoy your beans! This is a wonderfully hearty meal, that's under ten dollars. You can also use red beans or black beans; they may be best soaked overnight.
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