Eating on a budget doesn’t mean eating bland beans and rice every night. No way! There are plenty of flavorful rice and beans recipes out there to eat any time, not just when you are pinching pennies! These 20 rice and bean recipes use mostly pantry staples and will keep you full without spending a fortune.
What is the cheapest meal to make at home?
Rice and beans will always top the list for the cheapest meal to make at home that will actually leave you feeling full.
I grew up hearing stories of my parents eating lots of rice and beans. Even dumpster diving at the grocery store for bread while my dad was in med school without a paycheck. While my parents may have had some lean times, they also taught me how to enjoy the finer things in life like steak and crab legs once those lean times were over. Even though the lean times ended, rice and beans continued to be a staple in my house.
Just like my parents, we’ve had times where we couldn’t afford much more than rice and beans. During those times I learned that rice and beans don’t have to be bland. In fact, mix with the holy trinity and some cajun sausage and you have one of the most flavorful dishes on Earth.
I’ve rounded up this list of flavorful rice and bean recipes because lean time seem to be upon us right now with coronavirus. I don’t know about you, but we’ve stocked up on a good bit of pantry staples like rice and beans to get us through this crazy time.
Hopefully these recipes will hep you enjoy flavor on a budget while still eating pretty healthy. Enjoy!