Jeremy and I are working on saving for a house, and as such we’ve really cut down on our various budgets. We also are both working on getting healthier and losing weight. Between those two elements, it can be difficult to find meals that are both cheap and healthy. I’ve been discovering how amazing lentils are, but they can be kind of bland without a lot of sprucing up (I know there’s lots of ways but I’m just learning!).
I found this recipe on Pinterest, and since it looked so pretty in the jar, was dirt cheap, and relatively healthy, I decided to give it a shot.
My local Winco supplied the dried beans–it was roughly $.50/cup of beans, so 6 types of beans was about $3.00 (plus the cost of spices, broth, and tomatoes I already had), and a) it makes a LOT, b) it’s very filling so it goes a long ways, and c) there’s enough dried beans left over for another batch of soup later on.
The only downside is that it doesn’t look super pretty once it’s cooked. 😛 I added a little less broth/water, and served it over rice. Next time, I might try adding some ham for some extra flavor.
Here’s the recipe. Again, all credits go to Little House Living:
What You Need for Bean Base:
- 1/2 cup dried Kidney Beans
- 1/2 cup dried Pinto Beans
- 1/2 cup dried White Beans or Navy Beans
- 1/2 cup dried Lentils
- 1/2 cup dried Split Peas
- 1/2 cup dried Black Beans
What You Need for Spice Mix:
- 1 tablespoon Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
- 2 teaspoons dried Minced Onion
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Celery Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 5 Tablespoons Brown or Raw Sugar
Layer the beans in a quart sized jar.
In a small bowl, mix together the spices.
Place them in a small bag before putting in the jar and label them so you don’t forget what it’s for.
When you are ready to make your soup, place the jar of beans into about 4 cups of water in the morning and let them soak all day. Drain off any excess water and place the beans in a large stock pot. Add in the spice packet and 1 pint of stewed tomatoes (or one large can from the store if you don’t have your own). Also pour in 4 cups of water and 2 cups of chicken broth. Turn on a low to medium heat and let the soup simmer until beans are cooked through (about an hour or 2) you may need to add a bit more water if your soup is getting too thick as the beans soak up more water. Enjoy!
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