You asked, and here it is. The list of recipes I’m using for the month. Since up until now I haven’t cooked a lot with dried beans, I’m trying a lot of recipes I’ve found online. So, keep in mind that these recipes are new to me, and I haven’t tried most of them yet. But if I have, I’ll let you know how it turned out.
The Three Recipes Everyone is Asking About
Everyone wanted my bread, tortilla, and granola recipes. So here they are.
Simple Whole Wheat Bread – A very forgiving recipe. Make sure you read the comments, because there are a lot of great suggestions. I used half the honey and substituted the bread flour with whole wheat bread flour and the whole wheat flour with whole wheat pastry flour. I only needed a couple of cups of pastry flour. And then I used olive oil in place of the butter. It turned out great!
Mexican Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas – I substituted whole wheat pastry flour for the all purpose flour and olive oil for the shortening. I needed extra boiling water, because the dough was too dry with just 1.5 cups. They turned out OK, though next time I think I’ll try adding a little extra oil. The tortillas were a tad dry for my taste.
Megan’s Granola – Another very forgiving recipes. And read the comments on this one to, as there are a lot of great and versatile suggestions. You also might want to think of halving this recipe, as you will need more than two baking sheets to make the whole recipe. I found out the hard way. It makes a TON of granola!
Breakfast and Lunch
For breakfast this month, I’m rotating between pancakes, waffles, french toast, eggs and toast, baked oatmeal, muffins, and yogurt with granola. I add a little fresh fruit and call it good.
My new favorite pancake recipe is from Susan of Nutrition Fitness Life. It’s the second one on the page (Whole Wheat Pancakes), and it is YUMMY!
I’m trying a new muffin recipe this week. Classic Bran Muffins. It has good reviews on Allrecipes.
And Amish Baked Oatmeal is a staple at our house. It’s my son’s favorite breakfast. Lots of sugar and oil though. I think I’ll try to cut back the sugar and add some applesauce for the oatmeal to see what happens. I like it because it’s easy, and my son loves it. I got this from my friend Julieanne many years ago.
Amish Baked Oatmeal
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 cups oatmeal (not instant)
Preheat oven to 350. Beat eggs. Add other ingredients, except for oatmeal, and mix well. Stir in oatmeal. Spread in a greased 8×8 pan (I use a 7×11 casserole dish, and it works just fine). Bake 30 minutes. Yum!
For lunch we’re having sandwiches, tortilla roll ups, and mostly leftovers.
When a recipe calls for canned beans, I substitute cooked, dried beans instead. In no particular order, this is what the Being Frugal family is having for dinner this month.
- Pizza with Homemade Crust – I’m trying the homemade crust tonight! Friday night is Pizza night, so we’re having this four times this month.
- Easy Tilapia with Wine and Tomatoes – I just buy whatever fish is on sale.
- Pasta with Clam Sauce – Not real healthy, but I have to cans of clams to use up.
- Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers. I may try to make Belles Hamburger Buns to go with them.
- Greek Pasta with Tomatoes and White Beans
- Chickpea Curry
- Black-Eyed Peas and Tortillas
- Bean Quesadillas
- Baked Spinach
- Asparagus Cashew Rice Pilaf – I may substitute broccoli for the asparagus.
- Black Beans and Rice
- Seven Layer Tortilla Pie – I love this one!
- Black Bean Lasagne
- Mexican Bean Pie
- Mexican Lentil Casserole
- Mock Crab Cakes
- Spinach Artichoke Lasagne
- Vegetarian Taco Salad
- TGIFriday’s Black Bean Soup – Love this one, too! We’re having it twice. I garnish it with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.
- Parmesan Herb Baked Flounder – We’re also having this twice. My kids love it! I substitute whatever fish is on sale.
- Curried Couscous with Broccoli and Feta – Another one we’ve tried and love.
- Halibut Fish Tacos with Guacamole Sauce – I know you’ve already guessed this, but I substituted whatever fish is on sale. This week we had cod.
There you have it! My month of bean based recipes! Frugal, and (hopefully) tasty!