super simple frugal dinner

January 31, 2011

i estimate the total cost for dinner last night was well under $5. gotta love it! and the bonus was that it tasted pretty darn good (hubs even suggested it go on the BOWLS menu – ha!)

here’s what i did:

the night before, i soaked a big bowl of pinto beans. then, mid-afternoon yesterday, i cooked the beans (super easy: rinse the soaked beans, put in a big pot and cover w/water, bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer, slightly covered, until soft … usually a few hours.). toward the end of the beans cooking time, i added *mega* spices: onion powder, minced garlic, a lot of cumin, pepper and real salt.

while the beans were cooking, i made some brown rice in the rice cooker.

when both the beans and rice were nearly done, i chopped up a big turkey sausage link in small pieces and sauteed in olive oil.

i then put the cooked beans, cooked rice, and warmed sausage in a big pot. i added some chicken stock to give the mixture some moisture, and liberally seasoned (same seasonings as before, plus some cayenne this time).

i served big bowls of this, with some sauteed spinach on the side, and with some grated cheese melted on top. yum!

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