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Flexitarian Nachos

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One of the common staples in our pantry is dried beans. Beans are a substitute for meat in our meals 3-4 days a week. They are so easy, cheap and delicious. I bought a 1lb. bag of black beans for less than a dollar. Soaked overnight, rinsed and cooked in a crockpot on low for eight hours.

Add beans, green peppers, onions, salsa, sour cream, cheese on your favorite chips and voila vegetarian nachos.

It’s very easy to have delicious meatless meals. This meal is can easily adapted from traditional nachos with shredded chicken or beef to vegetarian if you substitute the beans. It can then be converted to vegan if you buy friendly tortilla chips, omit the cheese (or substitute with vegan “cheese”) and replace sour cream with guacamole.

Even better, I was able to freeze the left over beans and will get at least two more meals from it. For a dollar Im pretty pleased. If I would have bought a pound ground beef I would have used it all and it would have cost 3x as much.

I’m not making recipes that are going to be famous on pinterest, but they still taste good, they’re cheap and they feed my family.

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Baking bread

The last two weekends I made bread. From scratch. I don’t have a bread machine. I don’t have a high powered Kitchenaid mixer. I just have me.

I will say I think the process would have been relaxing, if I didn’t have a 10 month old tugging at my pants while my hands are covered in dough and I have flour in my eyes.

I used the Better Home & Gardens cookbook as my recipe guide and as someone who doesn’t think of herself as a baker I was pleased with the result. Eventhough its little time consuming, I find this much more worth it. It has always disturbed me that I can buy something, like a loaf of bread for $2, stick it in my pantry and a month later it doesn’t even have mold on it.

I love the simplicity of the indgredients:

active dry yeast
flour (I had white flour to use up but I will be switching to whole wheat)
sugar
butter (I prefer Earth Balance vegan spread)
milk
dash of salt

I’m not worried about the shelf life as we go through a loaf a week anyway. Its safe to say I’ll be making more bread in the future 🙂


The finished product