Dave Ramsey, the personal-finance author and radio host, has a refrain about what to eat when you are trying to save money: "Beans and rice and rice and beans."
It should come as no surprise that a call for frugal recipes turned up several such meal suggestions. This one, from Marion Danforth, 63, of Raleigh, N.C., illustrates how easy it can be to be frugal.
Danforth's recipe for spicy black beans and rice is one of those effortless dinners. It is this simple: Make rice. Open two cans. Combine. Add cumin. Heat. Serve.
Let it be your go-to recipe when you need to get dinner on the table quickly, when you have had a rough day at work or when you cannot imagine spending much time in a hot kitchen on a hot day.
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Danforth received this recipe from her daughter, Mary Beth, a vegetarian. Even though Danforth grew up as a Southerner eating beans and rice, she says her daughter is always teaching her ways to cook beans.
Her recipe costs about $8 to make if you have to buy all the ingredients.
Spicy black beans and rice
1 cup rice
2 cups water
15-ounce can black beans, drained
10-ounce can Ro-Tel brand tomatoes and green chilies
½ teaspoon cumin
In medium saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add rice, then stir with fork to make sure it's covered with water. Cover and reduce heat to low and let simmer about 20 minutes. When done, fluff with a fork.
Meanwhile, in another saucepan, combine beans, Ro-Tel tomatoes and cumin. Heat over medium heat. Serve over rice. Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition information per serving: 261 calories, 1 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 53 g. carbohydrates, 8 g. fiber, 10 g. protein, 685 mg. sodium, 0 g. sugar.