Look in your pantry and you probably have everything you need to make this Beefy French Onion Rice & Beans. This is a fantastic way to feed the family on a budget costing less than $2 per portion. Home cookin on the cheap with beefy French onion goodness.
Lately I think we have all been cooking with what we have got on hand a lot more. Looking for inspiration with the ingredients we have on hand. Rice & Beans are two ingredients I have on hand at all times. I’ve always got a few different varieties of rice including white, brown and Aborio (for Risotto). I also keep a variety of beans on hand, some dry and some canned. Dry beans are great to keep on hand because they last forever but if I have my choice I use canned because it’s quick to make and I can control the consistency.
You can take these two simple ingredients and literally turn them into an endless possibility of dishes. I prefer brown rice because it fills me up and keeps me full longer. The down side is brown rice takes a lot longer to cook. If you make this recipe with white rice it will take about 20 minutes less time to prepare. I use the Risotto method to cook the rice by adding the liquid gradually throughout the cooking process instead of just pouring it all in at once. This helps you monitor the rice and make sure it’s not overcooked.
Since most of us are stuck at home it’s nice to make simple one skillet dishes that are warming as well as satisfying. This is a recipe that I wouldn't make in late March but since it feels like i'm stuck home in a blizzard I’ve definitely been craving comfort food. Dishes like rice and beans are always great for meal prep. I made a batch on Monday and we ate it throughout the week. I garnished the skillet with the crispy fried onions that we all love but if you plan on eating this over the course of a few days just garnish each portion when you eat it so the onions don’t get soggy.
I Always keep a bag of dry beans on hand in my Apocalypse box along with a few bags of pasta and rice. Truth be told I hate cooking dry beans. You have to soak them overnight and then when you cook them you have to keep a close eye so you don't turn the beans to mush. I prefer using the canned beans for most recipes because of how convent they are. You can use any variety of beans you like or have on hand to make French Onion rice & Beans. It just so happens that I had Black and Kidney Beans on hand and I find them to be some of the most common varieties of Legumes.