Our menu plan this week features frugal recipes made from one of our favorite frugal cooking ingredients, beans! Not only are beans packed full of protein, but they also incredibly cheap.
Beans are the ultimate recession food, because they’re inexpensive, small and easy to store, and dry, so they don’t require refrigeration or freezing. Stockpiling beans for your pantry at little cost should be no problem, and using them up in these recession beans recipes during the lean times is a great way to stretch your grocery dollars.
Read more about getting frugal in our recession proofing series: Recession Proof Your Pantry and Food, It’s Not About How Much You Make, What Would We Do if My Husband Lost His Job?, How one SAHM Recession-Proofed Her Family, and 5 Surefire Ways to Recession Proof Your Job.
Take And Make Menu Plan:
Recession Beans Recipes
Menu is planned for a family of 4. Please adjust ingredients and recipes up to accommodate extra people.
Printable Grocery Shopping List:
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Meals with Recipes:
Dinner: Calypso Pineapple Bean Pot recipe. Sorry, no picture on this one.
Dinner: 1-Pot, 3-Bean Chicken Stew recipe. This beans recipe makes 8 servings, but recipe has a built in calculator to allow you to adjust the number of people you’ll be cooking for. The calculator will automatically adjust the amount of ingredients to the perfect quantities.
Dinner: Argentine Lentil Stew recipe. This beans recipe makes 4 servings and is not likely one that’s already in your regular dinner rotation. It’s different, so give it a try!
Dinner: Be Prepared Five-Bean Soup Mix. This recession beans recipe makes 24 servings, so it’s a great way to do your bulk cooking to refrigerate or freeze the extra portions for later. If you’re a big fan of cooking in batches to save time, this recipe is for you.
Dinner: Bean and Tomato Stew with Sage recipe. Serves 4. This beans recipe looks like a cross between a really tomatoe-y chili and a thick winter soup.
Dinner: Bean, Pasta and Roasted Pepper Soup. This beans recipe is by the Campbell’s Kitchen and takes only 15 minutes of prep time. Makes 8 servings.
Dinner: Leftover Love. Spread out a buffet table of all the leftovers from the week’s beans meals. This means a day-off for the chef!
If you liked our recession beans recipes, you’ll probably find our Great Depression Recipes Menu Plan useful. Print out our other Take and Make Menu Plans or check out other menu plans at Menu Plan Monday.