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Beans and rice

We are looking to reduce our food bill and that means probably going vegetarian a few times a week. Can anyone share delicious bean and rice recipes? Thanks in advance.
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We are looking to reduce our food bill and that means probably going vegetarian a few times a week. Can anyone share delicious bean and rice recipes? Thanks in advance.
Here are a couple really easy one-pot ones. I used to make them in my saute and simmer rice cooker before it broke, but now I do it in a big pot:

Mexican Beans and Rice-
Rice (1 cup)
Black or Pinto Beans (pre cooked or canned)
Can of diced tomatoes
Taco seasoning or salsa, or a bunch of left over hot sauce packets (lol)
Frozen corn (optional)
Top with mexican style cheese (optional)
Cook it all together with about a cup of water

Indian Beans and Rice
Rice (1 cup)
Can of coconut milk
Fresh or frozen veggies of your choice
Cook it all together with about a cup of water, add more as needed. I also like a little Bragg's on this.

Italian Rice and Beans
White Beans (precooked or canned)
Can of diced tomatoes
Italian Seasoning
Cook with about a cup of water,
top with Mozz or Parm cheese (optional)

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We use the Spanish rice recipe. We wrap it in flat bread and top with grated cheese, fresh tomatoes, sour cream and avocado(if we have them). Also delicious with the flat bread omitted and just in a bowl. Sometimes I use four bean mix instead of kidney beans and I often use two tins instead of one to increase the protein.
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I grew up on beans, rice and potatoes. And, since I left home I cooked fancy meals. Now, I am back to rice, beans, and potatoes for time and money. All these are Mexican ideas.

My Mexican rice has tomato sauce, salt, and cumin. Sometimes onion.

Tostadas or corn chips at base. Top with rice beans. Sometimes we just top with one of these or all of these: lettuce, tomato, cheese, olives, salsa.

Bean and rice burritos. Or bean and potatoes burritos. For the kids, add cheese. For parents, just add salsa.

Or use corn tortillas and make bean enchiladas.

Quesadillas with side of refried beans and rice.

Bolillo bread (or something similar). Cut in half and add refried beans with cheese. Toast in toaster oven.

And a non-Mexican one:
basmati rice and chickpeas seasoned with (onions,) cumin, and paprika.

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Beans or lentils added to soups or stews to make them more filling. Veggie burgers out of lentils or beans (Fried/browned patties made out of ground up beans/lentils mixed with onion, bread crumbs, egg and spices). Mujadara or middle eastern lentils with onions dish: cooked onions with salt and carmelized onions.

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I rarely use a real recipe. I just cook beans with whatever fresh or frozen veggies I have around, add rice in the last 1/2 hour for white rice, and hour or so for brown rice. Cook in broth (home made chicken or veggie). I grow a good assortment of fresh herbs - way frugal, and really improves almost any meal!

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