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Hacker fuel: lifeguard's red beans & rice/potato/noodle recipe
8 points by lifeguard 1450 days ago | hide | past | web | 4 comments | favorite
Save money, be healthy, eat good food!

Every Monday I cook some red beans.

99 cents for 8 servings of dry red beans. One serving is over 33% RDA for protein, 15% Iron, 10% Vitamin C. Add rice or potato and you are full! 5 lbs of potatoes is 1 - 3 dollars. Ramen 99 cents for 4 - 8 packs.

1. before you go to sleep for the night, put 1/2 cup of dried red beans in pot full of cold water to soak at least 8 hours (or bring to a boil, let set for 10 min, change water and follow recipe)

2. two hours before you want to eat, start cooking beans: drain old water, add 3 cups fresh water and bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer for around an hour

3. add 2 spoons wershishire sauce, 2 spoons catsup, 4 spoons oil, salt, pepper, bay leaves, oregano, basil , hot sauce. add optional chopped onion/garlic/bell pepper/jalapeƱo and simmer for 40 more minutes

4. use a big spoon to smoosh 1/4 of beans against side of pan to thicken sauce and start boiling water to cook rice/potato/noodle. About 20 minutes.

Serve beans over rice/noodles.

OR -- just cut a potato into chunks and throw into pot to cook for 20 minutes

OR -- just throw in a ramen noodle packet in beans and cook last 10 min

OR -- microwave/bake a big potato and pour beans over this with some fresh chopped onion if avail.

Make a double size batch and save half of it and make burritos or whatever in a few days.

I once wrote a very simple recipe for a delicious tomato soup - here it is copy pasted:

worlds fastest tomato soup

   canned and diced tomatoes

   spray cream (with sugar added, ideally)

   some italian spices mix.
pour the diced tomatoes with the juice included into a microwave safe jar and put cream on it (cover about half or three fourths of the surface with a 1cm thick layer), stir it with a spoon, and make sure it is all well mixed with the tomatoes. add spices. put it in the microwave at approx. 700W for 5 minutes (dont cover the jar). enjoy.

Honestly, that's a lot of TIME as well.

When I was in leaner times, I did a lot of the stuff in http://onceamonthmom.com/ and http://www.amazon.com/Once-A-Month-Cooking-Spending-Enjoying...

You can get a lot of nutrition for very little time and money if you do this

Elon Musk used to eat sausages with bread - not buns (bread is cheaper) - and one orange to not die from lack of vitamins - and he did fine in the end! Maybe someone should do a proper investigation on what successful hackers used to eat?

I eat corn tortillas -- even cheaper than bread!

Breakfast taco: fried egg on a corn tortilla cooked on open gas burned with tapatio hot sauce. I swear it tastes gourmet!

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