Rice and beans are some of the most affordable food staples you can buy. They also can be a rather boring and bland combination. However, if you spice them up just right, the whole family can enjoy them as a dinner side.
This week’s produce is dried beans. They’re so easy to cook there’s no point in buying them canned (Check out all the ways you can cook dried beans easily). Plus they are a budget friendly way to boost fiber and protein in your meals.
I don’t know about your family but my kids have never exactly jumped up and down when they hear “rice and beans for dinner.” But rice and beans are so affordable and filling so I tackled it head on and looked for ways to make rice and beans a thing to be enjoyed. This red rice and bean dish is a great start. The seasonings add a punch of chili-like flavor without being too spicy for the more timid taste buds.
Tip for getting kids to eat food they aren’t a fan of: Keep a good supply of spices on hand for flavoring their least favorite dishes. Using a heavier hand with spices can help disguise the flavor.
Easy Rice and Red Beans
- 1 1/2 cups dry rice (I use brown rice)
- 2 cups cooked red beans
- 4 cups water
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt (I go with 1/2 since I like less salt)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Put rice, beans, and water in a pan.
- Add seasoning and stir.
- Bring to a boil over high heat.
- Cover and turn burner to low to simmer.
- Cook for 15 minutes then check for doneness.
BUDGET FRIENDLY TIP: Take simple affordable staples and spice them up for a family pleasing dinner dish. Takes the boredom out of dinnertime.