Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit

One commentator on a site I enjoy mentioned that recipe after recipe of easy to make, cheap foods get posted by people that favorite and forget. Meaning they’ve never actually made that cheap, easy meal! It’s easy to tell someone how to get fit but first show me those muscles.

So here is the first cheap and easy recipe I can give you:

Rice, Beans, & Broccoli – exactly as it sounds

What you’ll need:
1 bag of black beans – $1.99

1 bag of navy beans – $2.99
1 bag of basmati rice – $7.79
1-2 decent size broccoli head (crown?) – $4.40
(That is outrageous to pay for produce but factor in time of year and Safeway..)
Seasoning/spice (you can absolutely go with a dressing or a sauce it is entirely up to you. I was thinking either a creamy salad dressing type or a mayo-mustardy thing).

So if I had to buy all of this it would come to roughly $33 (that is to say! you have no butter and no spice and you buy the bulk spice at 10 and butter at 4) OTHERWISE: you would only need the main ingredients landing you at $17.71. Considering that the beans and the rice will provide three if not four or five more meals then next time you wanted this you would only need to buy the produce. Meaning that one time purchase will easily allow you to make whole hearty meals at a fraction of the cost. Beans pack protein and good stuff.

What you’ll use –
1 cup black beans
1 cup navy beans

1 cup basmati rice
All the brocolli (or leave a little left on the side for dipping in ranch)
Seasoning to flavor
Butter to moisten

OK, this part sucks. Follow the directions on the back of the beans packages to prep and cook. Yes, prepping is involved.

Measure out the beans, rinse under cold running water, put in seperate containers with about 3 parts water to 1 part bean and let soak overnight. Apparently navy beans go in the fridge.

The next day:
When you’re ready, drain and rinse the beans. Put the beans in pots with fresh water with the same ratio (3 water to 1 bean). Bring these beans to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for about 45-60 minutes. It all depends on texture, um softness, what’s that word, tenderness! You want the beans to be tender but not mush. It’s like pasta only el dente beans. The black beans will take a little bit longer. Once happy, drain and put in a bowl together off to the side.

That rice:
1 parts rice to 2 parts water. Water first in a pot – bring to a boil. Add rice, reduce heat, cover, and time for twenty minutes or until the water is gone. There must be no water left on the bottom of the pot. Just before this water is gone add all the broccoli (or what you’ve specially selected) and cook and stir and cook and stir and stir. You really can’t go wrong.

Once that rice is where you want it put it in a bowl and add the butter and seasoning to taste. This is totally your call.

I chose not to mix mine together right away because I will use the beans and rice as I go along eating.

This is where you eat.

This is what I ate.
Now, cover the rest of your container(s) and put in the fridge until you’re hungry again. To reheat just put in a pot at med-high stirring as it goes. I just posted below what it is that I have left. As you can see there is still plenty. I can add anything else to it also.


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