Indulgence. Gluttony. Cornucopia. Abundance.
All wonderful descriptions of many people’s holiday season (including ours). But all that abundance comes at a cost. I always struggle with the grocery budget around the holidays. There are so many things that conspire against me: all the delectable displays in the grocery store; the expensive ingredients for recipes I only make once a year, and let’s not get started with the busy-ness and stress that makes me a slave to the siren call of convenience foods.
This year I’m trying something different. Every week, due to various celebrations and holiday get-togethers, I am going to prepare one “beans and rice”-like meal. It may literally be rice and beans with my homemade taco seasoning, but it could be any meal that is easy to throw together, extremely cheap (lower than $5 per recipe), and moderately healthful.
Somehow, I hope to balance the excesses that we indulge in with a few simple meals to help keep our budget and waistlines in check this season.
Beans and Rice
2 cups of Rice, cooked according to package directions
1-2 Cans Red Kidney Beans (I prefer Eden Organics)
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
1 recipe Taco Seasoning
What is your “Beans and Rice” meal? I’d love to hear other suggestions.