Today has been a fun and interesting day at the house. First, my hubby is home today, which is such a blessing. Thankfully, his reason for being home is only because of taking leave, not because of the government shutdown. Due to his presence in the household, though, the day tends to start a little later, and we all tend to sleep in, so I am happy to say that even with a later start, things have gone smoothly.
We have still continued to work through our homeschool agenda of the day, much to my delight. Some days are crazy and unfun, while others happen to come together better. Today was one such day. After breakfast, we accomplished our group Astronomy work and then everyone went on to their various individual tasks. My 5 year old did a great job and worked diligently, finishing her “school work” and then moving on to a coloring project she decided to do.
Around that time I went into the bathroom, and closed the door behind me to help clarify that the bathroom is not a public meeting place, as much as every child seems to think it is my personal invitation to be talked to.
Well, today had me laughing very hard when I heard a little voice on the other side of the door. “Mommy, do you like my picture? It’s for you! Do you see it?” I then looked over and laughed quite hard when I saw this…
Motherhood is full of unexpectedly humorous events! This one just made my day.
Day 4, Frugal Friday: Black Beans and Rice Recipe
So, today marks day 4 of the October challenge. I hope the above story opened some depth into our family life experience. It’s always something around here, lol. Today, though, is also our Frugal Friday post!!! So, I thought I would share with you a delicious family favorite that everyone will enjoy…even some of the most picky eaters =0)
Black beans and rice (also known as frijoles negroes) is a delicious and super frugal meal addition to rotate in, especially with a larger family! The cheapest way to go about it is using home cooked black beans from dry beans, but if you prefer to use canned that is up to you. To cook dry beans, simply add to a pot of water, boil, and let simmer for about an hour or more until soft. Then, just drain and use as you would canned beans. You will likely need a bit more salt when using home cooked beans, since they are not salted like canned ones usually are. Another option is to let the beans soak in water all night, but I rarely think ahead enough to do this.
Ingredients (To feed 6, reduce as needed):
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced, optional
- 4-6 garlic cloves, minced
- 5 cups cooked black beans, or 3 cans drained
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt, or to taste
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Heat a small amount of oil or cooking spray on stove in medium pot. Add diced onions and saute until softened.
- Add garlic and green pepper. Cook until fragrant (3-4 minutes).
- Add black beans, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and stir thoroughly to mix together all the flavors.
- Let simmer for 15-20 minutes until heated through. Taste and add salt as desired.
- Enjoy with brown rice and top with a low fat (for adults) or regular (for kids) cheese!
What About You?
Do you utilize beans and other legumes as a frugal way to keep food expenses down? If, so what are your favorite recipe finds?