When Dry Beans Go Bad

By Heather Solos | October 29, 2009

Dear Home Ec 101, I am on hour sixteen, and they still aren’t tender. I gave up the stove top and moved them into a crockpot hours ago.(electricity to run the crockpot is far less expensive than the cost of the gas for the stove) They soaked for 2 days, not kidding. what am I…

Lentil Pilaf, Side Dish

By Heather Solos | October 3, 2009

Heather says: This side dish is great for those avoiding simple carbohydrates. It would also easily convert to a vegetarian / vegan dish simply by switching to vegetables stock. I pull out this recipe as the temperatures start to drop, I particularly like it next to the slightly sweet vegetables of Autumn (squashes, pumpkins, roasted…

Refried Beans: Back to Basics

By Heather Solos | May 5, 2009

Heather says: My mom grew up in Arizona and has fond memories of a neighbor who made tortillas and refried beans. It has become a quest of mine, I want to know how these things should taste, not like Taco Bell tells me they ought to. Remember the pinto beans from last week? The leftovers…

How to Use Dry Beans in Recipes

By Heather Solos | April 30, 2009

  Dear Home-Ec 101, Everyone acts like dried beans are the end all. How do I get the beans in the bag to work like the beans in the can? I’ve soaked them overnight and they still aren’t like what I get out of a can. Am I legume challenged? Signed, Baffled Bostonian Heather says:…

Black Bean Burrito Recipe

By Heather Solos | June 5, 2008

Heather says: Meatless meals are often great for the wallet.  This recipe can be prepared with canned or dried beans.  If you use dry black beans, cook 1/2lb dried beans until soft.  I put mine in the crockpot the morning I want to make the burritos, cover them with water, and turn the crock on…

Season navy beans with a leftover ham bone to a filling dinner that can slash your grocery budget.

Beans and Rice a Budget Friendly Dinner

By Heather Solos | April 8, 2008

Heather says: You’ve heard that rice and beans can reduce your grocery budget. On the rare occasion, we have ham, I freeze the bone and save it for a week when I need our grocery dollars to stretch just a bit further. Cornbread rounds out the meal nicely and keeps the grand total, for us,…

Pseudo Shepherds Pie Recipe

By Heather Solos | December 10, 2007

Heather says: Traditional Shepherd’s pie contains lamb, gravy, and vegetables, covered with mashed potatoes. Its close cousin cottage pie contains beef. This version substitutes vegetable stock for the broth used to make the gravy and contains kidney beans to provide protein. As the mashed potatoes contain milk and are topped with cheese, this one dish*…

Lentil Casserole

By Heather Solos | November 21, 2007

Heather says: This lentil casserole recipe is light on the budget, simple, and filling. 2 cups dried lentils 4 cups water 1TBSP extra virgin olive oil  1 onion – diced 2 cloves garlic – minced or pressed 2 celery ribs chopped 2 carrots – chopped 1 red bell pepper (optional) 1 green bell pepper (or…

Black Bean Soup Recipe

By Heather Solos | September 12, 2007

Heather say: Sure beans are economical, but are meatless meals actually tasty? They can be. This vegetarian recipe is better when it has simmered for a while and is perfectly suited for the crockpot. Black Bean Soup Ingredients: ~ 1 TBSP olive oil 1 onion – diced small 2 cloves garlic – minced 1 carrot…

Beans, beans- the musical fruit

By Badbadivy | July 9, 2007

Dear Home-Ec 101, To save money, I have started incorporating a lot of dried beans into my diet. Unfortunately, I’ve been experiencing lots of, um, gastrointestinal distress. To put it bluntly, my gas is very embarrassing. I don’t want to take beano, are there any other ways to combat this? Thanks, Gina in Gaston Ivy…



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