Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Experiment Begins

So Dave Ramsey, financial guru of get out of debt fame, encourages us to cut our budget by eating "rice and beans, beans and rice."  I'm up for the challenge I say as I stroll through the isles of Costco.  Despite the fact that many a one pound bag 'o beans has sat in the pie safe without so much as a sideways glance, I jumped in with both feet and bought a 25 pound bag of rice and a complimentary 25 pound bag of beans.
$21.98.  No tax.  Just to give you some idea of the size of this adventure, the bean bag has 324 1/4 cup servings and the rice has 250.  They total about 80,000 calories together which is enough to feed a typical adult for 40 days.  That would cost $0.55 per day or $0.18 per meal.  Of course I plan on adding a few ingredients.  Can I keep it fresh?  Can I make it through?  Can I get my family to eat it?

First Meal  - Refried Beans and Plain Rice
Soaked a cup and a half of beans overnight.  Simmered them the next day for four hours (forgot they were on the stove).  Sauteed up some onion and garlic in canola oil.  Added the beans, some salt and dried chilies, and smashed them.  Result?  Edible.  Could be improved?  Definitely.  Lasted for too many meals too.  Let's try one cup of beans.  Unappetizing picture to the right.

Meal Two - Beans with Lamb and Plain Rice
Basically I had Emily boil the beans with a bone-in lamb chop and salt.  Will have to make some adjustments before trying that again.  I'd describe it as lamb flavored beans mixed with Crisco.

Stay tuned.  Recipes, quips, life reflections, Ramseyisms and more to follow (or a bunch of sporadic posts that all start, "sorry it's been so long since I've posted...").

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