Frugal Ways To Cook & Bake With Beans.

United States
January 30, 2007 10:59pm CST
Beans are frugal to purchase. If you watch for sales, you should be able to purchase a bag of 4 pound for .99. Even if they are not on sale, they are inexpensive. Many think that pinto beans are only good for cooking but that could not be farther from the truth. There are so many recipes and they are good. Did you know that you can grind uncooked dry beans into a fine flour with a wheat grinder? Well, you can and it is so easy. The ground bean flour can be added to boiling water and it thickens in less than 5 minutes. Bean Flour added to baked goods increase vitamins and minerals. It is a great source of complete protein. Why not add it to your next meat loaf or soup? The following recipe is a great way to use your bean flour. Quick & Easy Burritos 1/ 4 cup black bean flour 1/ 4 cup pinto bean flour 1/ 4 cup kidney bean flour 1/ 2 teaspoon cumin 1/ 2 teaspoon chili powder 2 and 1/2 cup warm water 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup picante sauce Whisk dry ingredients into warm water in a med saucepan. Bring to boil over medium high heat. Stir until mixture boils, then reduce heat and cover pan. Cook an additional 4 min, stirring once. Remove from heat. Add Picante Sauce. Spoon into tortillas And eat as burritos. Beans can also be used in recipes after they are cooked like the recipe below. No doubt, you have eaten bean dip, but did you know how easy it is to make homemade bean dip? Pinto Bean Dip 1/2 medium onion minced 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1 Tablespoon beef bouillon 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup picante sauce (spelling?) 2 cups cooked mashed beans Mix all the above ingredients and heat thoroughly. Add 1 cup of grated cheese if you like. I do add the cheese but have also made it without cheese. Top with chopped green onion and tomatoes if desired Serve hot Of course everyone had heard of refried beans and you may have even made them. This is a great recipe for refried beans. I always make extra beans when I am cooking a pot, so I can make these refried beans. Refried Beans 1 LB cooked pinto beans 1/4 cup ground cumin 3 Tablespoon onion powder Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup olive oil Cook beans till tender. Drain beans but save the water. Cool. Using a blender, blend beans using enough of the drained water to make it the consistency you want. Set beans aside in a bowl until all the beans have blended. Stir in the other ingredients except the olive oil. Using a large cast iron skillet, heat olive oil. Add bean mixture to oil and simmer fro 3 minutes, stirring constantly so they don’t burn. Note they will burn quickly. You can add other ingredients to taste. Note: I use my kitchen aid mixer to blend and mash my beans. It works great. I sometimes add chopped green peppers or hot peppers. Now for the kicker recipe. You are never going to believe this but it is so good and nobody will know it had beans in it. I PROMISE. Bean Fudge 1 cup soft cooked pinto beans 1/4 cup milk 1 tablespoon vanilla 6 oz unsweetened chocolate 6 Tablespoons butter 2 LB powdered sugar Nuts (optional but everyone seems to love nuts in it) In a large bowl stir beans and milk together, adding only enough milk to resemble mashed potatoes in consistency , stir in vanilla. Melt chocolate and butter , stir into bean mixture (no need to cool) Gradually stir in powdered sugar a little at a time. Knead with hands to get it well blended. Spread into lightly buttered 9 inch baking dish. Chill 1 -2 hours and cut. Yummy Now you are on your way cooking with beans. Did you know you can make a Mock pecan pie that taste just like the real thing? Again you will be using beans.. That for another discussion. Are you interested?
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@lilaclady (28245)
• Australia
31 Jan 07
Thanks for this I have printed this out for future reference there is some good ideas there, thanks again..
• United States
31 Jan 07
Hope you can add them to your families diet. You can do so many things with beans. Most people just think of chilli.
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• United States
28 Apr 07
I love beans, especially black beans Interesting about grinding them...that adds fiber to foods, too! Thanks for the recipes
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Wow! I can't belive this! Bean flour! I can't wait to try this. Oh, and bean fudge..what a neat idea. As you say, beans are a complete protein and are fat free! I grew up in the south so I love pinto beans just cooked. But my hubby does not. This is a great way to use them. He does love them in chili (instead of kidney beans) and he loves mexican bean dip. I will have to spring the bean fudge on him! Did someone say valentines day?!
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• United States
28 Apr 07
Did you get to try any of these?
@brimia (6584)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I love beans. Those are some great recipes. I'd never heard of bean fudge, it sounds tasty and pretty healthy. I'm intrigued by the mock pecan pie...
• United States
1 Feb 07
I just got finished posting the mock pecan pie recipe. Hope you enjoy all of the bean recipes
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
31 Jan 07
This is very good to do. I thought that beans became complete with corn added?! We can do the same with dry vegetables when dehydrated. You have heard of spinach noodles!! So yes, you can add to your diet this way and help your self to good nutrition. Thanks for sharing this and reminded me of what I had when my cookbooks where filling before the fire. Thanks I have it again!!
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• United States
31 Jan 07
How long ago did your home burn? I have lots of recipes similar to this to use beans with. Do you need anymore?
• United States
31 Jan 07
you are amazing! i love reading all of your great ideas! thank you
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• United States
31 Jan 07
Thank you for the compliment. I hope I can become deserving of it. I love to cook and to share my frugal ways of cooking with others. I am a firm believer that together we will learn to become frugal and eat healthier.
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@dhouston (417)
• United States
31 Jan 07
These sound good, and I definitely want to try the pinto bean dip. The fudge, however, does not appeal; thatone gets a pass. Where do you get the bean flours? I have never seen them sold. I like bean dishes and enjoy making recipes from the cultures where they are eaten more frequently than in the US. One of my favorites is from Asturias i northern Spain, a dish of great northern beans, turnip greens and a little cured chorizo, plus plenty of onion and garlic. In cental Spain, chickpeas are eaten more frequently than the white beans preferred in the north. In Madric, people love a stw of chickpeas, a little beef, a little chicken, carrots, turnips, potatoes and cabbage.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
If you will read the article closely, I told how to make bean flour. You grind the beans with a wheat grinder. You may be able to grind them with a food processor too although I have not done that. I use my wheat grinder.
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• Canada
31 Jan 07
what a great way to add some heathy fiber to my cooking, I am going to try grinding some beans into flour. You have inspired me!
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• United States
31 Jan 07
LOL Good, I am glad I have been an inspiration to someone. LOL Beans are so cheap that you can save alot of money on grocery bills by using them in various ways.
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@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Beans beans good for your heart beans beans make you fart Beans Beans how good they make you feel lets have beans for every meal and many more ...lol I love beans anyway they are fixed... as for the flour thats a new one for me ... I can make a meal on bean dip ...oh so good...and the price can't be beat
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
31 Jan 07
wow never thought of this before I am always looking for ways to save money and be frugal. Thanks again for all of the cool recipes.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
I will print this out to save it. I found it very interesting and helpful. I appreciate you taking the time to write it all out for us. I will enjoy trying these out.
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@forjosie (1548)
• Indonesia
31 Jan 07
Baked Beans INGREDIENTS * 4 slices bacon * 1 onion, diced * 2 (28 ounce) cans baked beans * 3 tablespoons molasses * 2 tablespoons prepared mustard * 1/4 teaspoon salt * 1/2 cup diced tomatoes * 3/4 cup brown sugar * 1 tablespoon dry mustard * 1/2 cup chopped cooked ham DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. Place bacon and onions in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain and set aside. 3. In a large bowl combine beans, molasses, mustard, salt, tomatoes, brown sugar, dry mustard, ham, onions and crumbed bacon. Mix well and transfer to a 2 quart casserole dish. 4. Bake in preheated oven, covered, for 1 hour. Uncover and bake for 1 hour more. ======================================================== Maureen's Baked Beans INGREDIENTS * 1 (15 ounce) can green beans, drained * 1 (14.5 ounce) can wax beans, drained * 1 (15.5 ounce) can butter beans, drained * 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained * 1 (16 ounce) can baked beans with pork * 1 tablespoon mustard powder * 3/4 cup packed brown sugar * 1 tablespoon chili powder * 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce * 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce * 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup * 1 (16 ounce) package ground pork breakfast sausage * 2 medium onions, chopped * 2 cloves garlic, crushed DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). 2. In a small roaster or Dutch oven, mix together the green beans, wax beans, butter beans, kidney beans, and baked beans. Mix in the dry mustard, brown sugar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, and tomato soup. 3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the pork sausage, crumble, and drain the excess fat from the pan. Saute the onion and garlic with the pork until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir the pork mixture into the bean mixture. 4. Bake, covered, for 3 to 5 hours in the preheated oven, removing the lid for the final 45 minutes. =========================================================== Oven-Baked Beans INGREDIENTS * 2 bacon strips, diced * 1 small onion, diced * 2 tablespoons brown sugar * 2 tablespoons ketchup * 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce * 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard * 1 (15 ounce) can pork and beans DIRECTIONS 1. In a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. Saute onion in drippings until tender; drain. Stir in the brown sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and mustard until blended. Stir in pork and beans; heat through. 2. Transfer to a greased 3-cup baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly and mixture reaches desired thickness. Happy cooking!!!!!!!!!
• United States
31 Jan 07
All these BEAN RECEPIES should do well in solving America's GAS SHORTAGE!!! LOL, just my $.02 here
• United States
31 Jan 07
If only that were true. the problem is they have not figured out how to use this type of gas in vehicles yet. LOL
@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I cook with dried beans often. They taste so much better than canned. Thanks for the great recipes and ideas. I never thought about making and using bean flour. or using beans to make fudge, I will have to try that one out. I make refried beans all the time, I mash mine with an old fashion potato masher.
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@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I forgot to add, I save bacon grease in a jar in the fridge, I like to use some of that when I fry my beans, it adds flavor.
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@samsonskola (3357)
• United States
31 Jan 07
the recipes with the bean flours sound great...but if you don't mind i'll reserve judgement on the fudge..i will make it though, as i'm curious now to see how it tastes...thank you again for a wonderful post!
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• United States
1 Feb 07
LOL It does sound weird but it is good
• India
31 Jan 07
Thanks for your tips surely i will try and say you how the dish was. Can you give anymore tips which will be worthy like this.
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• United States
1 Feb 07
Check out my other discussions. I have posted many frugal mixes and such. You may find them interesting.
• United States
31 Jan 07
Bean fudge. Now that is one I have never heard of. Where did you come up with this one? The curious side of me will have to give it a try. I will have to label it to alert the people that it may cause gas. Maybe give Beano away with it as well. I am curious about the pecan pie made with beans and can't wait til you post it.
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• United States
1 Feb 07
We have made bean fudge ever since I can remember. I told you I was a country gal.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
Yummy recipes and thank you for sharing once again! Mock pecan pie made from beans is very different, can't wait to see the recipe for that either.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
I was waiting for someone to mention the pecan pie. I know you did read all the disussion I posted. I find that many dont and they just put a generic comment. I have been getting some great comments lately. Hope you enjoy all the bean recipes adn I will try to post the pecan pie later today.
@mtdewgurl74 (18121)
• United States
28 Apr 07
I loved thesee so much I bookmarked them so when I have more time to get them copied. I never knew you could make fudge with beans it has got me curious now and i want to try it but I won't tell them what I have made it with till they say they like it.. my nephew refuses to eat soup beans I have got to get him to try this and your burritos he will start to love them..He is wanting a mexican fiesta or his birthday and all your bean recipes and some of the other will come in handy for us and they are all easy and most likely will become our families favorites.. You have a baked bean one?? About how much would a wheat grinder run? money wise.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Thanks for the great ideas. We are on a tight budget right now and this is great. Thanks again.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Thanks for the great ideas. We are on a tight budget right now and this is great. Thanks again.
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@imsilver (1669)
• Canada
1 Feb 07
my family is going to love you guys :) There are some great recipes put up there I can't wait to try them. I'm big on making homemade soups around here. I turn everything into a soup and when we have it. I start w/ a glob of sour cream in the bottom of the bowl...cover it w/ grated cheese (type depending on the kind of soup... then I put the soup in.. my kids just devour it by the potful and have no idea how healthy they are eating (well..except maybe the sour cream.. lol... Anyways the absolute favorite is actually a bean soup; so I thought I'd add it up here for you all to try. I buy bags of mixed dry beans especially for soups.. got red beans, white beans, lima beans, split yellow peas, barley, rice.. and I've probably missed few... anyways... *Warning... everything is done by eyeball... I'm not one to actually measure stuff... Dump a bunch of the bean mix into a pot of water. Bring it to boil; throw in an onion (cut into quarters) then cover and turn down and let simmer for an hour. After the hour... In a frying pan, fry up chopped bacon, onion, celery, garlic. My family likes the bacon really crispy. Drain off the grease and add it to the beans and water. Bring to a boil again. Cover and simmer for 1/2 an hour. Toss in potatoes, carrots, peppers and a vegetable of choice. I usually take one of my kids when I go shopping and they get to pick the vegtable out. My son'll usually pick broccoli but sometimes he surprises me and decides to try something different. But my daughter always goes with cauliflower. Recover the pot and let simmer for another hour and a half or so. And like I mentioned earlier. I serve it with sour cream and with this soup I usually use mozza cheese. And I have recently discovered these Pillsbury ready made croissant things that you just roll up and back in like 8 mins and that's our new bread of choice.