Saturday, July 31, 2010

Money Saving Meal Tip

When making a meal stretch or cutting the cost on one, I will add beans to the recipe. You can add beans to;

• Taco/Burrito Meat
• Enchiladas
• Salads
• Soups

Turkey Burritos with Black Beans

1 ½ lbs Ground Turkey Meat
2 cans Black Beans with juice
½ envelope of burrito seasoning
1 clove of garlic
¼ cup chopped yellow onion

Cook meat. Once meat is done add the chopped onion, minced garlic, beans with juice and the seasoning. Simmer on low for 20 minutes.

Burrito Garnishments

• Grated Cheese
• Sour Cream
• Shredded lettuce
• Salsa
• Red Onions

Total Cost: Under $10.00 for family of 5

To even save more make your own pot of beans and freeze in zip lock bags. You can buy a bag of beans for $0.88 to $1.29. Each bag of beans will make the equivalent of 4 cans of beans. When I cook my beans I use the crock pot. Wash beans add water so that it cover about one inch over the beans. Add minced garlic and onion. Depending on the beans it takes 3 to 8 hours to cook beans in the crock pot. When I cook them I cook a large batch and freeze them in individual zip lock sandwich bags and then place the small bags into a larger freezer bag.

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