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Red Beans and Rice is a comfort food and a favorite in our house! We cook this all in one pot and while we have the rice going in the rice cooker.
This is a meal you can have on the table in less than 15 minutes. I don’t often freezer cook, but red beans and rice is a great example of a meal that you could freezer prep and get it made even faster. When I get peppers and onions in our produce co-op basket, I automatically come home and slice and freeze them. When a recipe calls for them, I can pull them out and start cooking! We also take the sausage right out of the freezer, slice it frozen, and put it straight in the pan.
Want to make it even cheaper? One bag of dry beans is equivalent to almost 3 cans of beans! Either soak them over night so they are ready, or you can cook them in your Instant Pot.
Using beans and rice in your meal planning is a great cost-cutter! We also love these Mexican Black Beans—either as a side dish or as the main dish in a vegetarian meal.