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A journey of cooking vegan food for my family.

Beans beans…..

The musical fruit. I love beans.  They are tasty and so easy to use in a recipe.  Last night I made a quick, easy, and tasty recipe thanks again to Vegan on the Cheap (VOTC).  Unfortunately there is no picture.  Sorry.  I made the Barbecued Black Bean and Tofu Burritos.  Wow!  They were good.  It is a different, yet very tasty twist on burritos.  Thanks Robin!  The mix of the black beans with crispy tofu and a smoky homemade bbq sauce all wrapped up in a warm tortilla made for a perfect meal.  Especially since I was a bit pressed for time.  I served the burritos with cumin spiced brown rice and corn.  It rounded out the meal perfectly.  The leftovers were fabulous the next day.  I think the tofu and black beans marinating in the sauce made them even more flavorful.  The meal was no cost to us.  I had all the ingredients.  Yippee!  I had a coupon for a free package of tortillas and I had leftover tofu.  In VOTC, the book states the cost per serving to be <$1.00 and the recipe serves 4.  $1.00 burritos?  Now that’s a bargain.

So, it is Friday.  Time for the “Frugal Friday Tip of the Week”.  This week I am incorporating vegetables into frugal Friday.  The tip:   Make your own vegetable broth.  It is free and easy to do.  I noticed in VOTC, Robin does the same thing we do.  You save all of your veggie scraps-carrot tops, wilted greens, tomato tops, organic potato peelings, etc.  I store it in a container in the freezer.  Once it is full, place it in a stockpot, add water, usually 8-10 cups.  Bring the water and veggies scraps to a boil.  Once boiling, cover and simmer for an hour. Turn off the stove, let it sit until it is cool enough to pour through a strainer into containers.  Once the stock is in containers, let cool completely before covering and freezing.  You just made a ton of FREE vegetable stock.  Bullion cubes are pricy as well as organic stock.  Why buy it when you can make it?

Well, I am off to knead the pizza dough and pick up our CSA.  Hope you have a lovely weekend.

peas and love….
Krys and the boys


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5 thoughts on “Beans beans…..

  1. I am going to make those beans as soon as my book arrives. The post before the one I have now has my recipe for tofu baked beans…you may want to check it out…its easy to make. Love the picture of you and the boys…they are precious.

  2. Mmmm, my mouth is watering.

    Glad your little guy is feeling better! Tara has a fever today – I thought once they got out of the germ factory (aka school) they would stop getting sick!

  3. No picture? 😦 I have wondered about the combination of bar b que sauce and black beans…

  4. I’m loving your recommendations from VOTC. Thanks! Great photo of you and the boys, too! 🙂

  5. That really is a bargain! I need to add Vegan on the Cheap to my wish list, I could really use some economizing.

    Thanks for the vegetable broth tip! You are the Frugal Tip Queen, Krys! 🙂

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