Broke-ass January

11 01 2012

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Remember when everyone was all festive and happy about Christmas and giving and winter?  Seems like only yesterday, but actually it was about 2-weeks ago.  Now, if you’re like me, you’re broke and are making overly ambitious plans to pay off your credit card.

$50 for food, gas, and entertainment for 12-weeks – that’s TOTALLY doable.

I have mixed beans in my cupboard, one of those “multi bean soup” deals.  Instead of making soup I made this: something from the staples I have kicking around in my kitchen.

Bean Stew

2 cups mixed beans, soaked

1 large can diced tomatoes

1 pkg chopped frozen spinach

1 Tbsp curry powder or masala spice mix

1/2 tsp salt

pepper to taste

In a large pot, cover beans with water and cook.  Check on the pot semi-frequently (15 – 20 minutes) to make sure there is still enough water left.  The beans will take 45 – 60 minutes to cook.  Once cooked, drain, rinse and return to pot.

Add diced tomatoes to beans and simmer on low heat until the tomato liquid has reduced by half.  Stir in curry or masala, and salt.

Turn heat to low, add frozen spinach and pepper, then cover.  The spinach should take 10 – 15 minutes to warm through and thaw.  Stir occasionally to help with the thawing process.

Once the spinach is warmed through, dinner is ready!

Feel free to liven this dish up with some garlic, onion, carrots, or frozen peas!

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