**Post by guest blogger Gretchen Kingsley**
My husband Chris mentioned in his most recent post that we jump started an emergency savings fund a couple of months back. There are many ways in which we cut back and there are still ways in which we could cut back if the need arose. Cutting our one minimal cell phone plan (no cell phone, that’s unheard of!) or cutting back on certain food items. Yes, our food expenses are minimal but the majority of our grocery bill really is on produce and it’s not necessary that I have 3-4 pieces of fruit a day. Nor does Chris need to drink as much raw milk as he does. These are healthy but not necessary. And my addiction to homemade coconut milk ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, cookies n’ cream, or any other flavor) is DEFINITELY not a necessity but makes this tired mama feel good at the end of an exhausting day. (For all you dairy-free people, your life will never be the same after adding this ice cream into your life. I’ll share the recipe, it’s too good not to. 🙂
We LOVE meat. Thick steaks. Juicy 1/2 pound burgers with all of the toppings. Grilled chicken that’s been marinated overnight. Brats, brats, and more brats. Though we would love to grill every night (like on vacation) we have cut back on our meat expenses and added in more beans or legumes, quinoa (read Kelsi’s post here) and bulgur (another great recipe here) that are packed with protein but are extremely frugal.
When I went on the hunt for some delicious bean recipes, my dear mom passed this one along to me. I’ve made a few adjustments and we love it!
Baked Beans & Rice:
4 cups cooked beans (any kind though we prefer kidney beans)
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup vinegar (I now use half white distilled vinegar and half apple cider vinegar)
2 Tbs molasses
4 Tbs rapadura, sucanat or brown sugar
Several drops (or A LOT, like we like it) of Tabasco
Saute onion and garlic together. Mix vinegar, molasses, sugar, and Tabasco and add to sautéed onion and garlic. Stir in beans. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. (The original recipe calls for only half of the vinegar, molasses, and sugar but we like extra sauce to drizzle on top of our rice. So, feel free to cut back on those ingredients if you desire.) OR…place in the crockpot for 4-5 hours on low.
2 cups white rice
4 cups hot water
1 tsp sea salt
2 Tbs. coconut oil or butter
Combine ingredients and bake (covered) for 45 minutes or until water is completely absorbed.
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