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Sigh. No. I would, but DH is anti-legumes. We grew up eating beans - well, lentils, mostly - for reasons of frugality, and I know how to cook 'em - I have a yummy chickpea casserole with potato dumplings, a honey-baked lentil recipe with bacon, homemade baked beans with brown sugar and onions... tasty stuff. But DH doesn't like it. He'll grudgingly eat shepherd's pie or lasagna made with lentil "mince" occasionally, but that's about it. He doesn't even like hummus. Grrr.
We do eat rice, but I'm trying to cut back on that for weight loss. DH prefers white rice and I prefer brown (cooked in chicken stock, yum!), so that's another bone of contention. :p
We did institute a Tuesday Soup Night tradition a month or so back. It's frugal, the soup lasts us for lunch for the next day or two, and we both like it. And it might help me lose weight, if I didn't love having homemade bread along with it so much... In the warmer months we also have platters fairly often for dinner, with cheese and crudites and pesto, hard-boiled eggs, leftover cold roast chicken, bread and olive oil, whatever we can find. Those two meals are probably the closest DH will willingly get to meatless meals. Not quite beans and rice, but not eye fillet steak either! :p
I agree. We have a lot of variety of beans and rice and I voted daily, although it's more like 5 days/week, as pp's have said. We rarely eat them together - it's usually either/or, usually but in a week we eat one or the other almost every day. I'm also including legumes, in general, including green beans, lentils and peanuts. I make soup about once a week and we eat the leftovers for lunch for a couple of days, and I always use beans or rice in my soups. One of our favorites is pea soup with ham and bean soup a close second. Not only are beans and rice excellent for the wallet, but they are super healthy... especially for this meat-loving family (we eat vegetarian only a couple times per week). I think Megan is spot on with variety being key to keeping the dishes tasty. We also like cold bean salads, so that gives, not just a flavor change, but a temperature change and textural change. Beans and rice are definitely a pantry staple here. I will say that some are easier than others to find in bulk where I live, so we have a lot more of certain legumes than we do others, and store just a few different types of rice. We do have other grains that are rather inexpensive, as well (such as bulghur wheat to make pilaf, and canned corn).
Rice is certainly a staple in our kitchen, Not because it is a cheap alternative to other sides, but because it is a very nice side all in its own right. A curry just isn't the same without some basmati rice. A thai stir fry needs jasmine rice to taste right. My father's pineapple and carrot curry definitely is best served with tasteless Uncle Ben's standard parboiled rice.
I really couldn't imagine not eating rice since it is such an integral part of our cooking. Just as pasta and potatoes are.
We eat rice several times a week..L is gluten free and Rice is a staple around here..Plus it is super cheap..I can make all sorts of different dishes,dinners and sides with rice...
Beans...Nope...I tried but L just won't eat them..I like baked beans but her pickiness won't even eat those..
Care to share your recipe for Spanish rice with chicken Legs???? I know a certain 4 year old who just eat it up!!! I would really appreciate it too!!
Yes, please? Even though I won't/can't eat them I certainly wouldn't mind my kids and DH eating them, at least sometimes. :)