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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/jalapeño 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.