As I explained yesterday, we’re sharing our favorite crock pot meals with you this week. And guess what? You readers get to be part of next month’s theme week!
As homemakers in single income families, Anna and I have both seen the benefit of providing meals with inexpensive protein sources like beans. When my husband and I were first married, our food budget was $28/week, which meant we only had meat twice a week, and we ate a lot of beans and rice. For just $1, I could make a meal that would feed us both and give us a couple days of leftovers. Unfortunately, my kids haven’t been as keen on beans, so I’ve gotten away from many of our super cheap menu ideas. Anna and I both need new ideas for beans and rice meals, so we’ve cooked up (pun intended) an idea to inspire us and you readers with new menu ideas.
We’re hosting the first ever E2S Reader Contest, asking YOU to submit your favorite kid-friendly beans-based recipe!
I will be making all of your submissions and taste testing them with my own kids. Winner gets her choice of one of my favorite motherhood books (Loving the Little Years, Fit to Burst, The Mission of Motherhood, or A Mother’s Heart).
Here are my criteria:
1) Kid friendly. The winning dish has be something that all four of my children will eat. If my four will eat it, it should work for most of our readers’ kiddos.
2) Prominently feature beans. It does not need to be vegetarian, but any accompanying meat or other proteins should not be the star.
3) Fairly inexpensive. Since the goal of increasing bean dishes in our menu rotation is mostly for financial reasons, having a dish that costs more than $4/serving probably defeats the purpose. And the ingredients should be fairly easy to find, or you’ll need to tell us how to find the rare ones.
I think that’s it! I’d be happy to see recipes with any kind of bean–dried or canned, red, white, black, garbanzo, pinto, or whatever. If you only cook with gluten-free, dairy-free, organic, non-GMO food, that’s fine, but I don’t care and will probably use whatever conventional ingredients are on sale that week. Make a note if a specific brand is absolutely essential to the recipe. The only allergy we have in my household is my husband’s peanut allergy, so if you have a recipe that heavily features peanuts or peanut butter, know that I will have to substitute cashews or sunflower seed butter.
To enter our contest, just leave your recipe (or recipes, if you have several good ones) here in the comments. (If you’ve already posted it on your own personal blog, or if you’ve found your favorite bean recipe elsewhere on the web, feel free to leave the link instead of re-typing the whole thing. It needn’t be original, but it’s always polite to acknowledge the original source!)
Contest closes June 30! We’ll feature the winning recipe(s) in July, and I’ll contact the winner directly about claiming her prize. No one is paying us to sponsor this giveaway; I just figure a great kid-friendly beans-based recipe is worth the price of a book.