Dave Ramsey Diet

Posted 03-12-2012 at 03:51 PM by HollyRay

My husband and I really love Dave Ramsey, and if you’ve ever read his books or listened to his show the phrase “Beans and rice, rice and beans” is probably all too familiar. Of course when Dave talks about beans and rice, what he is really saying is bare bones, not eating out, etc. He isn’t really saying that you should only eat beans and rice…and neither am I, but I do think you should give them a chance.

Before you get your pitchforks and wave your torches to burn against beans and rice let’s talk about their nutritional value.

According to livestrong.com a serving of kidney beans and rice has:

419 calories, 81.5 g of total carbohydrates and only 1.5 g of total fat. One serving provides 27 percent of the recommended daily value (DV) for carbohydrates (based on a daily diet of 2,000 calories). White rice has a medium impact on blood sugar (glycemic index of 58), but that’s balanced against the low impact of kidney beans (glycemic index of 52). The total fat includes only 0.2 g of saturated fat and a good amount of heart-healthy fatty acids. Beans and rice have 0.33 g of omega-3 fatty acids (20.6 percent of the recommended intake for men and 30 percent for women) and 0.31 g of omega-6 fatty acids (1.8 percent of daily intake for men and 2.6 percent for women).

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/96675-nutrition-beans-rice/#ixzz1meFj8BuK

Follow the link if you want more information, but beans and rice are packed full of the vitamins and nutrients we need, and incorporating them into our diet on a more regular basis could have positive effects of our health and our checkbooks.

Now, beans and rice can sound pretty boring, but it doesn’t have to be! If you are brave try adding a beans and rice dish to your meals once a week, try one of the recipes that I use regularly, or turn to our great friend the internet search engine to find new ideas.

First off something simple.

Beans and Rice Tacos

1 can black beans

1 can pinto or kidney beans

1 cup instant brown rice

1 taco seasoning packet

Your regular taco toppings

Cook rice as directed on it’s package, rinse the beans and add them along with the taco seasoning, warm through.

It’s simple, it’s quick, you can add more rice if you need too, and these tacos are more filling then your average taco dinner. In my opinion it usually needs a bit of taco sauce to give it a fuller flavor, but that’s up to your taste-buds to decide.

Black Beans and Coconut Rice

1 cup coconut flakes

1 1/2 cups uncooked rice

1 small yellow onion

1 bell pepper

1 can black beans

1 lime

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1 can coconut milk

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

Prepare rice as directed on packaging, I like to use half water and half coconut milk to give it a fuller flavor.

Bake coconut flakes in oven at 350 for about 10 minutes or until toasted

Chop the onion and pepper and saute in a little olive oil and the spices.

Add black beans to the onion and pepper along with 1/2 cup water and allow to cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes

In a bowl place the rice, the juice of the lime, cilantro and coconut. Mix well

Serve the beans over the rice and add any desired topping like sour cream or mango.

And the last one isn’t mine so I will just link you to it

Black Bean and Mango Salsa <- rice isn’t part of the recipe but I like adding some rice to make it more filling

What are your favorite beans and rice recipes??



8 Responses to “Dave Ramsey Diet”

  1. ChellySnow on March 12th, 2012 4:52 pm

    Been there done that! (The beans and rice diet) It wasn’t that long ago that beans were 19 cents/lb and a 10-lb bag of potatoes was 99cents! That was about 7-8 years ago.

    Not remember how much bulk beans cost today but I do recall being surprised that the price has risen so much in such a short time. Oh and 10-lb bags of potatoes? What’s that? Don’t even see those anymore.

    I made brown rice for lunch and even though I’m not a huge fan (hard for me to digest), the family enjoys it and we eat beans pretty regularly. Mix in quinoa, definitely in tacos and bean dips too!

  2. MeCo7707 on March 12th, 2012 5:39 pm

    I just bought a 1 lb bag of beans for $2! The price has indeed gone up over the years.

  3. mamably15 on March 12th, 2012 11:09 pm

    I know exactly where this post is coming from- we’re working on this right now. Although we don’t literally eat rice and beans everyday, I just might try out one of those recipes. Thanks for the tip!

  4. kej on March 13th, 2012 7:48 am

    The cost of beans has more than doubled in the last few years, but it’s still a healthy bargain way to eat. And they’re so versatile. After we’re tired of the bean and rice, I mash the beans and make quesadililas or bean dip. We eat beans at least 1-2x per week. And it’s a food my kids love.

  5. shouldbedoinglaundry on March 13th, 2012 1:17 pm

    Thank you for your ideas! I would love to find more ways to incorporate more beans into our diet since they are so healthy and economical. Any other ideas, ladies?

  6. avas1momma on March 13th, 2012 3:29 pm

    Loved these ideas, keep ‘em coming ladies!

  7. bananagrams on March 13th, 2012 8:17 pm

    We eat them frequently because they are really good for you (and we like them!). I found somewhere online (cannot remember where) really easy instructions for rehydrating/cooking dry beans:
    -Pick through beans for stones/bad beans and rinse with cold water; place in crock pot.
    -Bring a large pot of water to boil.
    -Pour boiling water over beans in crock pot. Put lid on and turn on “high” for 3-4 hours.

    We then freeze the beans in the portions that we use them. They are cheaper, healthier, and better tasting than the canned ones. (Although I read that you should not do kidney beans this way.)

    I like to throw beans on a green salad to make it a substantial lunch. We also like them in tortilla soup, chili, and tostadas.

    A few bean other recipes we like:

  8. neonalee on March 14th, 2012 7:38 am

    We eat rice n beans at least 2 or 3 times a month. My teen loves it. I can’t give the exact recipe since I’m not the cook, but here’s how it goes:

    We use japanese rice (buy in bulk at the asian store) and most often great northern beans or black beans (also bought in bulk, but at the mexican grocery ;)). We cook the rice in the rice cooker (best thing ever). DP takes canned diced tomatoes, a chopped onion, some type of sausage or hot dog if we can afford it, & sautees in a pan with spices to imitate mexican rice. Mix in beans (soaked 24 hrs & rinsed). Mix in rice last. Sometimes we like to use the Zatarain Mexican rice but the cheapest is $1 a box which is too much in my mind.

    Sometimes I like mine with green tabasco. DP likes his with chipotle tabasco & maybe shredded cheese. DSD likes it plain, hot or cold (teens are strange).

    Another not too expensive recipe is black bean & sweet potato burritos. Amazing, look it up!

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