When I was growing up, it seemed that the main dish in most meals were beans. All variety of beans. I have found budget bean recipes that will give you protein, fill your tummy and be easy on your budget.
Crock Pot Cowboy Casserole
Mexican Casserole

Grandma’s Curly Barbecue Bean Bake


Portuguese Style White Bean Soup With Chicken & Bacon


White Beans With Spinach & Sausage


Chili With Beans


Three Bean Soup With Ham Hock


Bacon & Navy Bean Soup


White Bean Stew With Bacon, Sausage & Spinach


Recipes can be found in link to websites underneath each photo.


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  1. My favorite thing about winter is the great beans, soups and stews we get to eat. I love heating my little apartment up while cooking a big potfull of something good. Yum. Yum. Great recipes. Thanks.

  2. The recipes you posted look delicious and healthy. I'm going to check them out.
    I haven't posted because I couldn't find my google pw, but I got a new one and I can now post to all my favorit blogs. (yours is one of them)
    Thanks for posting the recipes, will that be a regular part of your blog from not on?
    Carol Ann

  3. Thanks for the recipes – I will have to check them out. We don't eat much meat, so one thing I rely on is beans. I made a pot of bean and bacon soup last night and I just had the leftovers for lunch.

  4. Saturday night we attended a chili feed/cookoff in the little valley just to the North of us. They had 11 very different kinds of chili. We could take whatever kind looked good to us, and the judges sat at a table in the front of the room and tried all 11. They had a score sheet, and finally picked 2 to tie for first place. There was super hot chili, chicken chili, even one called Road Kill Chili. The one I liked best was very thick with lots of what I think was elk or deer hamburger, and of course this being Idaho all the recipes included beans. We had lots of fun. This weekend is our community's Italian supper. So I will be cooking all week. It is a special thing for these small communities to get together in the winter, visit and just be neighborly.

  5. So many good looking recipes here. You make me feel all warm and snuggly ….. which is great because tomorrow we are expecting a huge snow storm and these have inspired me to prepare one tonight in preparation. Just as important as water and flashlight batteries, right?

  6. Yummy! These look delicious! I love it when you post recipes. I think I'll start with the Mexican Casserole, as I love Mexican food. Then try most of the others. Many thanks for sharing these…

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