Okay, second full week of the New Year's frugal challenge. Trying to cook more from scratch and it doesn't get more basic than dried beans. Lower in sodium than canned and much cheaper when you buy them dried.
This week I made my black bean salad. Trying to make healthier options for lunches for hubby.
Bag of dried beans was a $1.56. I can make 4 to five batches of my salad from this where two cans of black beans is around a $1 if not on sale.
So easy to get the beans ready yourself. The night before I rinsed what I wanted to use and let them soak overnight. I then drained and rinsed again and put them in the crockpot with water cover about two inches about the beans and put on low for about 5-6 hours. My crockpot runs hot so adjust for yours. You may need to put on high.
When I felt they were done I rinsed them with cold water and made my salad. Super easy. No sodium added.
Here is the salad right before I mixed it. Doesn't it look pretty. The recipe for the black bean salad is here.