3 Days of Meals From One Pot of Bean is a real time saver for the busy cook, not to mention great for the budget!
Autumn brings with it a change from summer sandwiches and salads to soups and stews. October is such a busy month for families. There are so many fairs, festivals and events to keep families busy. I cooked one pound of dry beans on day one because there are only 2 people in our household. If you have a large household, you will need to cook more beans on day one.
Pinto Beans & Cracklin Cornbread
1 lb. dry Pinto beans
Seasoning of choice. I used ham pieces I purchased for this purpose
Anytime you cook dried peas or beans, you must sort through them for any rocks or debris which may have somehow gotten packaged with the product. It does happen, so sort for debris first. Then wash then off in a colander under running water prior to cooking.
I cooked mine in the crock pot for about 6-8 hours. Put the beans into the crockpot and make sure they are completely covered with water. Beans soak up a good bit of water while cooking. Also, you want to create pot liquor which is the delicious liquid the water becomes in the cooking process. Add your seasoning. Stir occasionally.
If you prefer to cook on your stovetop, you can actually soak your dried peas or beans overnight in water to shorten the cooking time. Put the beans in a large pot and cover with water. Add your seasoning. Bring to a boil and continue to boil gently until tender. Be sure to keep adding water to cover the beans as this method of cooking will cause the water to boil out more quickly. You do not want to scorch you pot.
Cracklin Cornbread is a wonderful Southern comfort food. My husband and I spent several months in Biloxi, Ms. a few years ago for job training. We had dinner one Sunday afternoon at a chain cafeteria which we sometimes frequent back at home. ‘Our’ cafeteria at home has delicious cracklin cornbread. When I asked for cracklin cornbread that day, the server had no idea what I was even talking about. Some of you may not either. Please comment and tell me if you have ever eaten Cracklin Cornbread.
2 cups self rising corn meal mix
3 Tbsp. oil
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 egg, beaten 1 Tbsp. sugar, optional
1 cup cracklins
Preheat oven to 425. Put oil in bottom of iron skillet, tilt the skillet around to cover the bottom well. Place the skillet in the oven just for a couple of minutes to preheat before adding the cornbread mix.
Combine dry ingredients and mix well, add buttermilk and egg to the dry ingredients and stir until well blended. Stir in the cracklins. Pour mixture into preheated skillet. Bake about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Enjoy your meal. Save leftovers for tomorrow’s meal.
1 lb. ground turkey
Chili powder, amount depends on your family’s preference, at least 2 Tbsp
Put leftover beans into pot of choice. (I left our beans in the crockpot bowl and stored them in the refrigerator overnight.) Reheat beans. Once the beans are heated through, add desired amount of Chili powder and 1 lb. browned and drained ground turkey. Allow to simmer at least 30 minutes for flavors to marinade. Serve. Quick and easy meal for a busy Mom! Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
1 Tbsp. self rising flour
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp Paprika
2 Tbsp. Leaf Oregano
1 1/2 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. dried minced onion
1/2 tsp. onion powder
Stir all ingredients together and store in airtight container.
Beef & Bean Burritos
Leftover Chili/Bean mixture
1 pkg. Flour tortillas
Bring leftover chili/beans to room temperature after removing from refrigerator. Drain all the liquid using a colander. Put bean mixture into a frying pan and refry until beans are completely soft. Stir into bean mixture the desired amount of chili powder for seasoning. Draining the liquid removes a lot of the seasoning. Fill the tortillas with this yummy beef and bean mixture and serve!
One pot of pinto beans makes three meals for a busy Mom! Pinto beans and cracklin cornbread, Chili and Beef & Bean Tortillas! Serve the accompaniments your family enjoys with each of these meals. My husband likes to have pimento cheese sandwiches with Chili. We prefer not to have any accompaniments with our tortillas. Of course you can make the cornbread without the cracklins. Any way that your family prefers, we hope you enjoy this easy Autumn menu!