Meatless. . . mostly?
February 28, 2012 11:42 AM Subscribe
What are some good compendia of recipes that contain meat, but are mostly beans or legumes?
We're currently living on a lot less money than we used to. I've slashed our grocery budget down to less than half of what it used to be -- go me -- but this means I need to adjust my cooking radically as well. Basically, we're eating a lot more beans, because they are cheap. But we all love the flavor of meat! So I've started cooking a lot of things that have some meat in them, but not too much. I'm talking about beans and rice made with salt pork, or 3-bean chili, or split pea soup with ham, or black beans with cumin and sausage, or cassoulet (minus the duck confit). Think like 4-8 ounces of meat to make 6-8 servings.
I am a pretty good cook with a well-appointed kitchen, and I have access to good, flavorful meat. (We still have some of a grass-fed split side of beef in the freezer, and I make my own sausage and other charcuterie.) I need to keep variety high to keep my family, particularly my hard-working but underemployed husband, from feeling like we're eating the same damn thing again and again and again. What are your favorite recipes or collections of recipes?