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SUV Tank Takes $100 of Gas

In Healthy Lunches on March 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Did you know dry black beans are about $1.75 and they will feed a family of four for two days?  Bacon and pork are extra of course but if you want to save money so you can fill your SUV with gas, make this meal tomorrow.  We will be having beans until gas prices come down.  Our truck took $100 of gas this week at one filling.  Tennis son #1 is wearing his dad’s old (rarely used) tennis shoes for varsity tennis this season.  Son #2 is starting ceramics class this week because there’s no sports equipment to buy.  Yikes, how to save money eh?  Maybe I’ll start a series on saving money.  We can learn together.

Black Beans and Rice

What’s in it?

  • Bag (2 cups) of dry black beans
  • 1 chopped onion
  • Cumin/ Corriander to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves cut in half
  • 5 slices of thick bacon
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • steamed rice
  • left over pork chop

Soak beans overnight.  After your kids are safe at school, change water and boil for one hour.  Throw into slow cooker.  Meanwhile fry chopped up bacon then saute onion in same pan.  Add garlic.  Combine with beans in slow cooker.  Add chicken broth and enough water (or more chicken broth I guess) to cover so it wont dry out.  Cook on low all day.  Steam rice.  Spoon beans into center of rice in dish.  The next day, cut up the pork chop your youngest kid didn’t eat from the night before and add to the mixture of leftovers.  Put in slow cooker on warm until warm.  Might want to heat it up first so bacteria won’t grow.  Add hot water or else it will all burn and stick to the bottom.

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