"Laughter is the valve on the pressure cooker of life. Either you laugh and suffer, or you got your beans or brains on the ceiling." ~Wavy Gravy
"How much do you usually spend at the grocery store?" is a question I have been asking friends and collegues a lot lately. Week after week I leave the market having shelled out (on average) between $175-$200. After talking with countless people I realize that I am not alone...the majority I spoke with were in the same financial ballpark.
This knowledge didn't made me feel any better though, and I have become determined to cut our weekly bill. (I've read blogs from women who are able to feed a family of four on fifty dollars a week but that just seems like an impossible dream) I have been diligent about planning our meals around what is on sale and I use coupons when I can, picking items up and freezing them for later. It is definitely helping.
One Saturday I decided to put off my shopping for a day or two and try to come up with a tasty recipe using only what I had. What I came up with I thought was great and different...until I went online and googled the ingredients I had used.
You know that saying, "There are no new ideas?" Clearly I am no trendsetter, since there were quite a few recipes like mine. Though to put things into perspective, it was a pretty different dish for me, since I grew up in a house where the only beans we saw were either baked or green (from a can).
Here is my super easy (definitely not one-of-a-kind) recipe for Black Beans and Quinoa.
Black Beans and Quinoa
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1 15 oz can Bush's seasoned black beans drained (not rinsed)
- 1 15 oz can sweet corn
- salt and pepper to taste
- sour cream (optional)
- Place water and quinoa into a small saucepan and heat until boiling.
- Once it boils turn the heat down to low and simmer about 15 minutes, until all the water is absorbed.
- Empty the beans and corn into a bowl.
- Add the quinoa and mix everything together, adding salt and pepper.
- Spoon into individual bowls and top with salsa and sour cream, if using.