Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Beans, Beans and More Beans

After writing my post last week on 10 Ways To Save Money While Losing Weight I decided to search for some inexpensive bean recipes. When I went to Wal-mart last week I picked up two bags of dried Pinto Beans that cost about $.88 a piece.

I decided to make Pinto Beans and Ham. When I got home I went through several recipes I found online and came up with my own. On Friday I let my daughter sort through all of the Pinto Beans checking for rocks or anything that shouldn't be in the bag. She loved helping Mommy. I let the beans soak over night and on Saturday morning I mixed every thing together, cooked it a little and then put it in the crock pot to cook on low all day. It turned out wonderful and only cost about $5.00 for an entire crock pot full. You really can't beat the price. We have eaten it for several meals so far and will probably finish it off tonight when I have my family over for dinner. I think tonight I am going to fry some sliced potatoes in PAM to serve with it. I also heard it is good served with rice.

I have decided that I am going to make a bean meal at least once a week because it is so inexpensive, filling and healthy. I think it is really going to help me stay on budget by incorporating bean recipes into our weekly menus.

Jessica's Pinto Beans and Ham:

2lbs of dried Pinto Beans
6 Cups of Water
2 Large Onions chopped
12 oz of ham cut into bite sized pieces
3 cloves of garlic minced
½ cup of green pepper chopped
2 TBSP of Chili Powder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp dried oregano

Soak beans overnight. In morning drain beans and place in large pot with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add all other ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour into crock-pot and cook on low all day or high for a few hours. Serve by itself or with rice or fried potatoes.


Journo June aka MamaBear said...

Fried potatoes? How about roasted potatoes? ;-) I'm a black bean lover myself. I like 15 bean chili, too. And with snow on the ground and 20 degrees outside, it's a great day for those kinds of meals!!!! :-) You are doing an awesome job!

Unknown said...

Sounds yummy. I love beans and potatoes, but never thought about frying them up in PAM. I'll have to give it a try.

Fellow HYC member

wildfluffysheep said...

This sounds really yummy and something that I can actually make! Plus I'm a student so I need to save every penny I get.

whats a crock pot? :D I'm not much of a cook...

Anonymous said...

I have never cooked beans from a bag. How awful (lazy) of me! This recipe looks very yummy and I'm going to copy it and put it in my to-try section. Thank you for sharing it!


p.s. I always have a difficult time getting comments to post here for some reason!

Crystal said...

I LOVE pinto beans. I think cooking the raw ones taste so much better. Great recipe!

Anonymous said...

You are a real inspiration. I love seeing the BMI ticker--what a better way to evaluate than the lbs lost--somehow its so much less threatening. I really enjoy your frank discussions about the ups as well as the downs of weight loss. Thanks for the low cost recipe I can't wait to try it and come home from work to a warm, tasty supper. Pat

Jessica @ Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget said...

I made the fried potatoes with the PAM tonight and they turned out great. I sliced my potatoes really thin, placed them in boiling water for a few minutes and then drained and fried with PAM and onion until crispy. They tasted wonderful with the Pinto Beans and Ham. I'm sure I will be making this again.

Beth @ Kitchen Minions said...

There are a ton of great recipes with beans! This looks like one we may have to add to the rotation! Thanks!

meandww said...

sounds yummy! Always looking for new recipes!

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