How to Make Awesome Rice and Beans


Guest Post today written by LD:

Danielle has been bugging me for quite some time now to write a guest post. After delaying it as much as possible, here we go.

There are a lot of meals Danielle and I have concocted over the past few years to be quick, easy, and reasonably cheap. Why? Well, some days we’re just too lazy to get off the couch to cook a respectable meal. There are many other reasons as well, but I stand by this reason.

We recently returned from our honeymoon in Costa Rica and what did we spend hours on end a day doing? Cooking. Why? Because we could. We ate a lot. We ate a lot of good food and we ate some foods that still scare me; salsa should never be gelatinous, I don’t care what you say, it shouldn’t. Where I mean to go with this is Danielle and I discovered one of our favorite meals as of recently, beans and rice.

Everywhere we went this was the staple meal with slight variations. You had your meal of beans; rice; fried plantains; and a side of fish, chicken, or beef. Occasionally there would be some cilantro and/or lime zest within the cooked rice, but all in all a very simple, filling, and delicious meal.

There are two distinct means to make this meal either one reasonable priced, but you can figure out which way Danielle and I prefer.

Instructions for cooking:

1)      Cook 1 cup rice

2)      Heat canned black beans

3)      Combine with cheese, salsa, meat/fish, and anything else that may sound good.

Approximate meal cost for two/three people: $4.00 to $8.00


1)      Cook 2/3 cups dry black beans in a slow cooker for 2 hours (be generous with the salt for richer flavor)

2)      Cook 1 ¼ cups rice in rice cooker (approximately the last 25 minutes of cooking time)

3)      Combine with cheese, salsa, meat/fish, and anything else that may sound good.

Approximate meal cost for two/three people:  $1.25 to $5.00

It may not be a surprise to many other people, but as Danielle and I build up our cooking skills and go back to basics, it’s often these simple meals that we enjoy the most. These meals have been the cornerstone’s of diets for centuries and remain so by being easy to make, filling, cheap, and delicious.

Danielle’s comments: Our favorite combination is beans and rice with a little bit of cheddar cheese and some salsa. LD is really good at making melt in your mouth black beans, making this is one of my favorite meals and I usually put it on the meal plan once every other week at a minimum due to the low cost and high tastiness. Dry beans are significantly cheaper than their canned friends and 1 cup of dry beans lasted us three meals last week alone!


About Danielle Beranek

Life can get away from you when being young, married, and still fairly fresh out of college. Taking on a pet, student loans, going back to school, and soon a new house is enough to leave ones head spinning. For me, life is crazy, but only on the outside.
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