Budget Friendly Meal: Beans, Greens and Rice

This recipe, minus the rice, was included in the Side Dishes that Just Might Steal the Show Series. Without the rice, it's still quite filling, but add the rice and you definitely have a meal. When it comes to budget meals, it's hard to beat beans, rice and greens. Dave Ramsey always jokes about rice and beans being a meal you eat when you're tightening the budget. In addition to being great when money is tight, it  also packs a nutritious punch. With the right seasoning, you might revisit this dish more often, even when money is plentiful.

Beans, Greens and Rice

Servings: 4 Cost per Serving: $1.73

2 cups vegetable broth
3 cans beans (your choice; I like small navy beans for this)
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
2 bunches of chopped fresh kale
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (add more if you like a lot of heat)
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
3 cups of cooked brown rice

  1. Heat a large saucepan on medium-high.
  2. Add everything except the beans and kale and stir until the salt dissolves.
  3. Add the beans, turn the heat up some if necessary and bring everything to a boil.
  4. Once the broth is boiling, begin adding your greens in batches. Toss them with the beans and broth as you add them so they wilt.
  5. Once you’ve added all of the kale let it simmer for about 10 minutes. You want the greens to retain their color and not turn into mush.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and serve over brown rice.