How to Cook Dried Beans and Freeze Them for Later

You pay for convenience with canned beans, but you can save money when you cook dry beans yourself and freeze them to use later. Here’s how. It’s no secret that we pay for convenience when we buy processed foods. And that convenience is great. I mean, it’s so easy to open a can of beans […]

Easy Nacho Appetizer Away from Home

Meal prep away from home can be quick and easy. Try this nacho appetizer that is (almost) homemade and totally delicious. We hit the road early on Friday morning for a long weekend away from home. Somehow Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding Eastern Sierras have an amazing effect on us. We love it here. Slowly, […]

The Everything Beans Book & How to Eat More Beans

Wondering how to work more beans in your diet? You know you can save money eating more beans in place of meat, but how do you make it happen? Check out The Everything Beans Book. Beans and rice, rice and beans — Beans are one of the means that our family used to get out […]

Build a Frugal Pantry with Beans and Lentils

I haven’t always been friends with beans. I liked them and all, but they were more a supporting actor in the play on my plate. They weren’t the star. Until I met Dave Ramsey (or at least read the book) and realized that beans and rice, rice and beans would be a healthy, inexpensive option […]

Chihuahua Chili Recipe

This easy Chihuahua Chili comes together quickly on the stove or in a slow cooker. Flavorful from enchilada sauce, beer, and spices, it is the perfect bowl of red. When I’m going to feed a crowd, this is one of our favorite recipes. It’s hearty and filling and easy to serve. Just dish up bowls […]

Simple Bean Tostadas

Simple Bean Tostadas come together quickly and easily for an affordable meatless meal. You can vary the toppings to use whatever you have on hand. This is one of our favorite meals! It is an assemble-your-own kind of dish. Feel free to add meat or other vegetables and toppings. But, this way is just simple […]

How To Make Pinto Beans

Cooking pinto beans from scratch is a great way to enjoy beans as a side dish or as a meatless main dish. They are so much cheaper than canned beans. Since both my husband and I grew up in Southern California, Mexican food is a cuisine that is near and dear to our hearts. I […]