Friday, June 6, 2008

Need some cheap eats

The price of food is skyrocketing. Factor in all the other rising costs (fuel and healthcare) and I need to do something. Between the Mrs.'s short commute to work, and her healthcare cost increase, we are now bringing in $150 less per month.

About the only variable left is food. What to do?

I've been giving it a lot of thought lately. My grandparenst never had a lot of money, so what did they do?

They ate seasonally, and they ate beans. I'm working on some recipes for beans as we speak. One of my favorites is pasta e fagioli, which is a heart soup.

Only problem is I make it in big batches, and it's not a freezer friendly dish. Gets too mushy, while the pasta gets too gummy. I did make a sort of creamy bean soup that tasted like pasta e fagioli, but I want something with a bit more body.

I'll be experimenting in the kitchen in the next few days. I want to make something similar to a pasta sauce, loaded with beans. Sounds weird, but I have to google some recipes and see what I can adapt for my highly refined tastes.

I can hear you snickering. You call my tastes weird, but we'll see after you have your first PB&T sandwich later this summer.

1 comment:

bmw100 at lycos dot com (Beamer) said...

I came up with a recipe utilizing black beans, Turned out pretty good, If I do say so Myself.

http://bmw230.blogspot.com/2008/06/black-beans-rice-and-pork.html