Foodie on a Budget (attack of the beans and rice)

Foodie on a Budget (attack of the beans and rice)

So it seems like a pretty common phenominon in our little circle of La Boheme: how do you make rice-and-beans more appealing while still keeping it on the cheap?

A few ideas...where it says "red beans" use red. Otherwise, use whatever you like.

Indian Red Beans and Rice:

(I am eating this right now)

Milk
Butter
Onion
Curry Powder
Cumin
Mustard
Pumpkin Pie Spice (or cinnamon and nutmeg)
Tomato (canned or just use salsa, tomato paste or plain spaghetti sauce)
Cashew Nut Butter (cashews ground with a little oil to make a paste)
Ginger Garlic Paste (ground ginger and garlic in a little oil)
Red Beans
Rice
Chopped Cilantro (garnish)

Fry onions in butter until light brown. Add garlic-ginger paste and fry for one minute. Add spices and fry until it all comes together. Pour in the milk, cashew nut butter and a little tomato (this is just to give it a slight red color and make it more savory) until it turns into a creamy paste. Add beans and reduce. Finish with cilantro and serve over rice.

Biryani For Dummies

Dry Rice
Water
Oil
Curry Spices
Red Beans
Sour Cream
Cilantro

An easier and cheaper way to do this: cook rice (2 cups water, one cup rice, 1 tbsp oil) with spices. After it is cooked, add red beans, sour cream and cilantro.

Mexican Beans and Rice

Leftover Fat (chicken fat, bacon grease)
Beans
Onion
Rice
Taco Seasoning

Fry onions in animal fat until really tender. Turn up heat and begin to mash in the pan.

Boil rice according to directions with a packet of Taco Seasoning. Serve together.

Sweet Beans

(I dont know where this one came from, it seems like a combo of Guyana, Hawiian and Mexican)

Red Beans
Sugar
Pumpkin Pie Spice (or cinnamon and nutmeg)
Rice
Tortillas or pocket bread

Cook beans in sugar and spices. Really sweet and odd but really tasty! Also great on ice cream, of all things.

Bean and Rice Balls

Cooked Beans, Mashed
Leftover Rice
Tahini or Yogurt
Cumin
Flour
Oil

Form balls or patties with mashed leftover beans. Flour both sides and fry in oil until crispy. Dont move them around too much in the oil because they will split. Serve on sandwich bread or pita with Tahini or Yogurt and rice sprinkled with cumin.

Red Bean Dip

(new take on Hummus)

Bacon (I like the sweet kind)
Brown Sugar
Tahini
Beans
Onion

Cook bacon and reserve fat. Crumble bacon and save for later. Cook onions in rendered fat then add beans. Pour into a food processor with bacon, tahini and a little brown sugar (just a tablespoon or so). Blend to make a chunky "paste". Serve with crusty bread.




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