Save Money On Groceries! Each week I share one simple tip that you can implement to start saving on your grocery bill right away.
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Add beans to your menu at least once a week.
Why it works
Dry beans are one of the cheapest, most filling foods available. They are high in fiber, and when combined in the proper proportions with grains, they form a complete protein (a food that contains all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans).
Make It Convenient
One of the difficulties with using dry beans is the time it takes to soak and cook them. You can purchase canned beans, but they are much more expensive than cooking your own beans, and they have added chemicals and ingredients which make them much less healthy.
In my kitchen, I make beans a convenience food by cooking large batches at one time and storing them in the freezer to use later. Read here how I prepare and freeze beans.
Make It Tasty
Here are a few of our favorite bean recipes (Some of our recipes contain meat, but you can use far less meat when you add beans to the meal.):
Easy Make Ahead Green Sauce–great to add to beans!
You can also find some tasty and creative bean recipes on my Bean Recipes Pinterest Board (Not your Granny’s Beans!).
What’s your favorite bean recipe? Leave a link in the comments. 🙂
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