Crockpot Meal #4: The Women’s Bean Project

The Womans Bean ProjectThe Women’s Bean Project is where a woman earns her future – for herself, her family, her community and our economy.

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My mom and I have been buying the Chili and Bean Soups from The Women’s Bean Project for the past 20 years. My mom gave me the 6 Bean Soup as a Christmas gift this year, so I decided to crockpot it as soon as I was back in the RV.

Here’s how it went down…

Cost of Soup Mix (includes beans and spices): $6.00
Onion $.50
Garlic: $.50
Can of Tomatoes: $2.00

The directions call for overnight soaking of the beans, but I forgot until this morning that I wanted to make it, so they ALSO have directions for impatient chefs (YAY! Thanks!!) so I put them in water into the microwave for 15 mins (don’t judge me monkey!)

Picked up the ingredients last time I was shopping so shopping didn’t take any extra time since it’s so simple.

  • 12:00 pm Friday: Cut the onion and garlic, opened the can of tomatoes, and put everything in the crockpot WHILE the beans were in the micro.
  • 12:15 pm: Stirred it up and put it on HIGH
  • 3:15 pm: Stirred it up and turned it down to LOW…smells DELISH in here!
  • 5:00 pm: Tasted it and beans were still hard-ish. Want to have it for dinner so turned back up to HIGH.
  • 7:00 pm: Too lazy to make the Quinoa I bought for it, so I broke open the crackers ($4.00) and we enjoyed our soup with crackers this time.

I give it an 8 out of 10…only because beans make se feel heavy so they are never my first choice.

Hubby gave it a 9 out of 10…WHAT? That is an AMAZING review coming from him. He said he would eat meals like this every night! Be careful what you wish for…

After we ate it, I turned the crockpot to low, added a bit more water, and went to bed.

If you have read my past crockpot meals, you know I eat more than an average person, but even so, our soup lasted us 3 meals each. On Friday I ate 3 c and Rick ate 2 c, Saturday we each had 2 c for lunch and 1 c for dinner. I did end up buying Rick saltines which added $2.50. This crockpot made a total of 11 cups of soup…WOWZERS!!!

Total cost was $15.50 which comes to $1.41 a cup (which is probably a normal serving once you added the crackers or quinoa).

Total cost per serving: $1.41

Total time to make: 15 minutes work, 24 hours sitting in the pot.

Sounds like a success story to me!

Here are my other crockpot meals…

http://www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/category/recipes/

Here is the Women’s Bean Project website…

http://www.womensbeanproject.com/

Food: Join Me in My Vegan Crockpot Adventure

Join Me In My Vegan Crockpot AdventureWhy would I turn to crockpot vegan cooking? Let me count the ways.

I was listening to the Dave Ramsey podcast today during my run…as I do every day…and had an epiphany! Yay!!

My husband and I have been on the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Plan loosely for about 7 years, but tightly for 2 months. If you have ever listened to Dave talk about “living like no one else so later you can live and give like no one else” you will know his phrase “beans and rice” when referring to tightening your budget to get out of debt (btw, the #1 advice rich people give to become wealthy is to get out of debt). Basically he is saying don’t go out to eat, stay home and cook w inexpensive ingredients…so

basically “beans and rice”.

Where we always get off track on our budget is food. Both eating out and buying convenient meals from the grocery store. So when he was talking to someone about beans and rice today, it hit me! I need to jump on the beans and rice bandwagon.

This will accomplish 10 things…

1. My meals will be less expensive

2. We can get out of debt more quickly

3. I can share my yummy meals with others who need to save costs on food

4. I will be eating healthy

5. I can teach others to eat healthier on a budget

6. I can put my crockpot to use, it’s been feeling left out

7. I can make big batches to last several days which saves time

8. I can come up with some amazing easy cheap vegan recipes to share on my YouTube channel, Vegan Diva Kir

9. I can add recipes to my 7 Day Veg Challenge on Facebook

10. Finally my husband can stop telling all his friends that all I make for dinner is twigs and berries

Sounds like a win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win (yes that is 10 wins) situation to me!!

So I am committing to at least one crock pot/beans and rice type meal a week for the next 10 weeks. If you have some good, inexpensive, easy, and vegan (or can easily become vegan) recipes, I would LOVE for you to post them. I’ll be sharing mine each week with ingredients, prep time, coat, and taste results from both me AND my hubby (he naturally gravitates toward chocolate, coffee, and Pepsi ) so most people will probable lean toward his review of the meal.

Stay tuned!!