Sometimes I get to the end of my grocery budget before I get to the end of the month. While it wouldn’t hurt any of us to miss a few meals I’m not sure that would be popular around my house. So as the grocery line item begins to dwindle I pull out my recipes that are budget friendly and really delicious. Here’s one of my favorites:
Black Bean Soup
- 1 pound dry black beans
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 to 6 carrots, sliced (optional)
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 6 chicken bouillon cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
The black beans can be cooked according to the soak and boil method (instructions are on the package) but I like the easier way—the crockpot. After washing the beans I add them to the crockpot with plenty of water (8 cups to start) and a tablespoon of salt. You can let them cook most of the day on low or just a few hours on high. You may need to add water as they cook and stir occasionally. Once the beans are tender add the other ingredients, stir, and cook until the vegetables are tender. My family really likes it when I splurge and add diced ham.
…my people really like to eat and I really enjoy feeding them good food. But even after doubling the recipe this soup costs less than $5.00 and we have plenty of leftovers for at least another meal. I usually make cornbread (or homemade artisan bread if I have time). So that means I feed 7-8 hungry people a good hearty meal with plenty of leftovers for around $6.00 total. That makes me and my budget smile.
Do you have a favorite budget friendly recipe? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear about it!