Precooked, frozen beans as convenient as canned

A variety of preparations and serving suggestions for made-from-scratch beans filled the previous post to this blog.

Beans’ economy and health benefits also were highlighted in my latest podcast. Tune in for more on how to take the $10 Meal Challenge.

There’s no dispute that beans have long been a key means of feeding anyone on a budget. This recipe from the Chicago Tribune is a quick and easy take on the Cajun classic red beans with rice. Consider cooking a pot of dried beans and then freezing them in smaller portions, as mentioned in my podcast. When several servings of beans are needed, simply thaw the freezer bag of beans in warm water for a few minutes.

If using plain, precooked beans, rather than the chili-seasoned beans indicated in this recipe, add a teaspoon of chili powder, a bit more cayenne and maybe some dried mustard and thyme.

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Beans and Rice With Andouille

In a saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons canola oil; add 4 peeled and chopped garlic cloves and 1 peeled and chopped onion. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

Add 1 1/4 cups long-grain rice; cook, stirring, until rice is lightly colored. Pour in 1 cup chicken broth and 1/2 cup water; stir in 1 teaspoon thyme. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; cook until rice is tender, for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, brown 12 ounces sliced andouille sausage in a skillet. Add 1 (16-ounce) can chili beans or 1 ½ cups precooked beans, a pinch cayenne and salt and pepper to taste; cook until hot. Serve over rice, sprinkled with chopped cilantro.

Makes 6 servings.

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