After a conversation with a friend the other day, it dawned on me that not everyone does this....eats beans and rice. lol I grew up on pinto beans, fried potatoes and cornbread because it was cheap and my parents could grow them in their garden and nothing and I mean nothing, beats my Granny's beans & fried potatoes. :) We also ate rice, occasionally, but growing up, I never had rice with the main meal. We always had rice as a dessert, with butter, cream, sugar, vanilla & cinnamon...yum. However, when I married Charlie, he was a huge rice with a meal fan...chicken and rice, rice with salt and pepper and butter, fajitas, red beans & rice...etc. I am sure you just really wanted to know all of this fascinating history. ;) Anyway.....
So, after reading Dave Ramsey and becoming loyal "followers", we have once again, in an attempt to save money and be "weird"..started eating beans and rice, at least once a week!
Without further adieu, here are some things we do to spice up the "bland" beans & rice category!
Glorified Beans & Rice
Red Beans & Rice w/smoked sausage
& my own thrown together mess!
Julie's beans & rice supper
*1 small bag pintos, washed and sorted, soaked if you like but I don't always do this..shocking, I know! lol (Add seasonings...Lawry's season salt and black pepper. I also use 1-2 strips of bacon for every pot of beans).
*2 cups white rice cooked (4 cups water, 1 T. butter, 1 tsp. salt) (not quick rice) (seasoned with black pepper)
*2 cans hominy (one can white, one can yellow) (Our kids love hominy...you can also use whole kernel corn if you like...can also omit)
*toppings: grated Colby Jack cheese, homemade sour cream, pico de gallo & guacamole, olives, whatever you want!
cook beans and rice seperately. Heat up hominy. Mix all together or eat separately and serve with your choice of toppings!! Yummy! Our kids eat this up...they love that they can pile on the toppings...whatever they like. :)
Well, there you go! Our easy anytime supper! And, I often make a HUGE batch of beans and rice, freeze in Ziploc bags (separately) and reheat for a quick and hearty lunch or supper during the week. Economical and yummy!