A Beany Pantry Meal

Right before we went on vacation, we were at a loss for meals to make. We didn’t have a whole lot of freshness in our fridge and we were trying to save money for our trip.

So we went digging in the pantry. What we came up with doesn’t look like much, but it tastes great and cost practically nothing.

It's kin to the filling in our veggie burritos, except spicier and sans tortilla.

It's kin to the filling in our veggie burritos, except spicier and sans tortilla.

Like I said, it’s not the prettiest meal, but it makes your taste buds dance. And isn’t that the real beauty?

Dig through your pantry and see what you can come up with. Look for:

Most of these are pretty standard items for Feaston. If not, they are VERY cheap.

Most of these are pretty standard items for Feaston. If not, they are VERY cheap.

  • One can tomatoes
  • Green chilies
  • Goya Sazon
  • Rice
  • Chopped onion
  • Corn Bread mix

First off, get some rice steaming. For this meal, Feaston recommends one cup of uncooked rice for two people. You are also going to want to put your Sazon in with the rice.  It adds a nice kick.

While our base is cooking, grab a pot. In it put the black beans (drained and rinsed), tomatoes (DO NOT DRAIN), half a can of green chilies or equivalent and half a medium chopped onion.

Mix it up and bring it to a simmer.

Mix it up and bring it to a simmer.

Now, this can be served one of three ways. Over rice, over rice with a corn bread side (like we did), or over corn bread. Corn bread is like $.39 a box and takes next to no effort to make. If you want the corn bread, it should be one of the first things you do.

The beany goodness was even better the next day, when we dumped it over said cornbread for lunch. We give this two thumbs way up – cheap, easy, delicious.

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