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Old 04-22-2007, 04:25 PM   #11
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Had this last night
Packet of Lipton Spanish rice
hamburger meat

Cook them seperately then mix together, good stuff.

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Had this last night
Packet of Lipton Spanish rice
hamburger meat

Cook them seperately then mix together, good stuff.
I love those Lipton packets!!! I swear, I try not to use a lot of prepackaged stuff but I LOVE their rices!! Totally OT but they're so easy to add to a mexican dish or a chinese dish. Even a BBQ! YUMMO!! You can get them on sale for $1 at Albertsons and probably Target too.
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It's amazing what you can do to rice if you change what you cook it in. For instance cooking it in oinion soup mix and water or broth of some sorts. Stews are really good too. You can put whatever you have at home in it plus rice and cheap beef cuts and since you cook it for a while the beef will be tender. Also look at pastas, they can be really filling too. You can make simple veggie pasta sauce and just have noodles and call it a meal. Oh another one is fried rice cakes, you take day old rice, add an egg and then fry it in some butter or oil in a skillet. Yummy and good with an egg and very filling. I'll keep thinking.
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Thanks for all the great ideas. I just made some beans and ham with dry beans in the crockpot the other night and we have tons left. Would they freeze pretty well? I don't care if they get mushy. They already are. LOL!
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Stuffed green peppers - not 2 ingredients but cheap and so easy!

Uncle Bens 23 flavor wild rice box
Tomato Soup (not diluted)
Hamburger
Green Peppers for stuffing

I just make up the rice and hamburger, mix in the tomato soup, stuff into peppers and bake for 30-45 minutes (I like my peppers still crunchy so 30 is good)
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My kids favorites are:

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I am half Dominican, so I am a bean eater by nature My favourites are:

Dominican Red Beans (of course)

1lb. small dry red beans
4c chicken stock
4c water
1 green pepper
1 lg. onion
1 stick celery
4 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 tsp. oregano
parsley and cilantro

1. Rinse and soak the beans over night. The next day cook them in the stock and water until tender.

2. Dice and saute the veggies until soft, then add the tomato paste, vinegar, and herbs.

3. Add the beans and their liquid, simmer until thick and yummy and serve over cooked rice. This is especially good and cheap if you make your own stock.

Cuban Black Beans

1lb. black Turtle Beans
1 meaty ham hock or ham bone
1 lg. red pepper
1 lg. onion
4 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp. cumin
cilantro (to taste)
1 lime
1 Tbsp. brown sugar

1. Rinse and soak beans over night. The next day saute the onion and garlic in a pan with the cumin, then add beans and ham hock and cover with water. Simmer until beans are tender (around 2 hrs.)

2. Remove ham hock when meat comes off bone easily, and put on a plate to cool. Dice pepper and add it and cilantro to beans. While this cooks, scrape meat off bone and add it back to the pot.

3. When the pepper is soft juice half the lime into beans and add brown sugar. Serve over rice with extra lime slices. You can also add more water to this and serve it as a black bean soup with bread.

These are two delicious bean dishes, and they're cheap and nutritious.

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Wild oats sells an AMAZING lentil soup mix, just add water and heat up. Its also really, really, REALLY cheap (cheaper than ramen per serving!! Seriously!). If you have one local, check it out! I think they have a black bean mix too
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Thanks for all the great ideas. I just made some beans and ham with dry beans in the crockpot the other night and we have tons left. Would they freeze pretty well? I don't care if they get mushy. They already are. LOL!
Yes it should freeze ok... I make a crockpot full of "red beans and rice" type of beans and cook up fresh rice for a quick meal; you will want to ladle it into individual serving size (or however much you want to defrost at a time) and then freeze it.. At first I tried breaking a piece off of a giant frozen bean-brick and it's not fun. Anyway I got some of those 1-cup ziploc storage containers and they work pretty well. To reheat run it under the tap to loosen and then drop the mini bean-brick out into a bowl where it will have room to get stirred, then microwave it for "a while".

(btw my bean recipe more-or-less from the local PBS cooking show is "soak beans overnight, put in crockpot with a rinsed ham hock and chopped onion, add water to cover, cook for long time, remove inedible parts of ham hock and dice the meat." they also added hot sauce, stipulating that it was not to be a brand made in NJ. lol.)
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Old 05-02-2007, 05:54 PM   #20
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I'm making Lentils right now!!! They are VERY cheap, and in with all the dried beans, but they require no soaking, and they only took about 30mins to cook!! I seasoned with a chicken boulion cube and onion powder. I'm serving them like beans with left over slices of ham from Christmas!!! Whole meal maybe cost $.25!! And I'll have leftovers for lunch!

I just started a thread asking for lentil recepies, so check it out!!!
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