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Black beans and rice

Source: $5 Dinners; and another version from A Year of Crockpotting

This was another easy meal where I already had all the ingredients in my pantry, which was an even better thing, since I’m trying to use up as much food as I can before we move in two weeks! I had two more “cans” worth of black beans in the freezer, so I was looking for a recipe to use them up. This was a great choice, because I was able to use up some stuff from my pantry without having to buy any supplementary ingredients.

Rick and I were both pleasantly surprised with how good this tasted. I was a little nervous that it would turn out bland and too mushy (and it was a little mushy), but the flavors meshed together nicely. We ate it as a burrito filling and added sour cream and a little cheddar cheese (although I don’t think the cheese was necessary). I’ll definitely make this again when I need to throw a meal together using pantry staples!

This is also a great budget meal. $5 Dinners is a great source for eating on a budget, but this is one of the most inexpensive meals I’ve noticed from her blog.

Black beans and rice

1 cup white or brown rice, uncooked
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 can tomatoes, undrained
1 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups water

Dump the rice in the bottom of the crockpot. Add olive oil, and stir to combine. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir. The original recipe said if you are using white rice, cook on high for 4 hours; if using brown rice, cook on high for 6 hours. However, using white rice, mine was done at about 2.5 hours on high. Either way, brown rice will take longer to cook.


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Mexican Chili

Adapted from

It’s wintertime, and that means snow snow snow. We seem to have gotten a lot more snow so far than I remember ever getting in recent years. (Can spring please hurry up and get here??!) When we’re snowed in, I always get cravings for a nice bowl of chili. It just sounds so cozy to me to have a big pot of chili simmering in the crockpot all day. So this dish definitely hit the spot during a recent Saturday snowstorm.

I decided to call this dish Mexican Chili because it has a lot of Mexican ingredients, but as it turns out, the flavors of the dish are not overly Mexican. This tastes like a traditional chili, but the combination of ingredients are great. It’s not too spicy, but there is a little bit of kick. If you like your chili spicier, you can control the heat by using medium or hot salsa and taco sauce. There are so many ways you can change this dish up a bit, you should definitely give it a try!

Mexican Chili:

1 lb. ground beef
1 cup chopped onion 
3 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1 14.5 oz. can tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
1 15 oz. can Great Northern beans, drained
1 cup spaghetti sauce 
1 cup salsa
1/4 cup taco sauce

Brown ground beef. Set aside to cool for a minute, then place in the bottom of your crockpot. Add the rest of the ingredients, and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Enjoy!

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BBQ Beef Sandwiches

I bought a 3-pound chuck roast a week or two ago when it was on sale, and I’ve been looking for a good recipe to use it in. When I came across these sandwiches on 365 Days of Slow Cooking, I knew exactly what I’d be making!

Rick and I both LOVE these bbq pulled pork sandwiches, but I thought it would be fun to try bbq beef for a change. While we still prefer the pulled pork, these sandwiches were great as well! I love cooking meat in the crockpot — it always comes out so tender and delicious!

3 lb. chuck roast
1 cup water
2 beef bouillon cubes
15 oz. can tomato sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup mustard
1 tbsp. minced onion
about 1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Place roast in your crockpot, and add 1 cup water and the bouillon cubes. Cook on low for 6 hours.

Remove meat from crockpot and shred. Retain about 1/2 cup of juice from the crockpot, but dump the rest.

Put the shredded meat back in the crockpot, and add the rest of the ingredients, including the 1/2 cup of retained juice. Stir well.  

Cook on low for another 3-4 hours. Serve on buns, and enjoy!

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Menu Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Sunday: BBQ beef sandwiches
Monday:  Pesto Chicken Florentine
Tuesday: Black bean and corn creamchiladas
Wednesday: Hamburgers
Thursday: Chicken pesto pizza
Friday: leftovers

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