Lentils: Cooking and Favorite Meals

I thought I had a post on here about how much I love lentils. And while I do mention lentils quite often I don’t seem to have a post completely dedicated to these little gems.

I did not grow up eating lentils and to be quite honest the first time I made them I wasn’t […]

Mung Beans: Menu Week of May 22

This week has started off very good. Yesterday the older children went to the movies and had a late lunch/early dinner in town. Joe, Christopher and I stayed home and worked on things. Joe built me a little shed for my goats (we call it their ‘summer house’), I worked on my oil and […]

Black Beans: Menu Week of May 8

I’m having such a busy week that taking the time to share my menu with you has been a challenge! I’m still working a part time temp job (6AM to 10AM 4 days a week), bookkeeping from home, working my home business, taking care of the house (with lots of help from the family), cooking […]

Pinto Beans: Cooking and Favorite Meals

Pinto Beans are prominently featured in my 13 Week Rotating Menu Plan on 3 different weeks (as Stretchy Beans) in those 3 plus months.

Pintos have been a very familiar food for me since I was a child. My mama would make a big pot of pintos every Friday night and that was our […]

Lentils: Menu Week of May 1

Last week I mentioned that I thought spring was just about here. About an hour or so after that posting, it started to snow. And continued to snow off and on through Saturday. So maybe I was mistaken. A little snow is okay. My prayers are with all of those affected by the devastating […]

Menu Week of April 24

After a break from blogging and my 13 Week Rotating Menu plan, I’m back at both. Last week was an on purpose break unlike the previous week which was due to my lack of organization (you ever have days/weeks like that?). The challenge last week was having to figure out our meals since it […]

Garbanzo Beans: Cooking and Favorite Meals

Garbanzo Beans or Chick Peas are part of my 13 Week Rotating Menu Plan. They are our Stretchy Bean for week 1. Garbanzo beans were not something I grew up eating other than occasionally on a salad ‘fresh’ out of a can.

When I started cooking with them a few years ago, we discovered […]

Garbanzo Beans and Sprouted Wheat

Looking for a new garbanzo bean recipe, I found a very promising one titled simply Garbanzo Beans and Bulgur. My only problem with the recipe was my lack of bulgur in the house. But I do have wheat that I thought might substitute well if I sprouted it. Boy did it! This recipe was […]

Food Prices and Menu Plan

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been sharing my rotating menu each week. The other day, I was listening to a video and was reminded just why I put together this menu plan. Why we have Stretchy Beans three nights a week on the plan. Why the bulk of our meals are based on […]

Kidney Beans: Menu Week of March 27


Week 13 of my 13 Week Rotating Menu Plan. I have to say that I have very much enjoyed this menu plan. It did take some time to get it set up in the beginning and we did discover a few recipes that need a bit of work but overall it has been great. […]

Lunch Plan List

I have been spending quite a bit of time talking about my 13 Week Menu Plan. While my menu plan only lists dinners we really do eat other meals here too đŸ™‚ I have already done a post on what we do for breakfasts and thought I would also share about lunches.

Just like for […]

Black Beans: Menu Week of March 20

Week 12 of my 13 Week Menu Plan. This is black bean week. Our third time during the 13 weeks to have black beans. I tried to put some time between bean repeats but we still had them week 6 and week 9 and now week 12. I think I’ll adjust my menu plan […]

Pinto Beans: Menu Week of March 13

This is week 11 of my 13 Week Rotating Menu Plan. This week’s Stretchy Bean is Pinto. To shake things up a bit, the pintos will become Baked Beans from day 1 with day 2 and 3 recipes also using baked beans as the base. This idea comes from The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy […]

Lentils: Menu Week of March 6

Week 10 of my 13 Week Rotating Menu Plan. This week features Lentils as our Stretchy Bean.

I do my lentils a bit different than most of the other Stretchy Beans. After soaking the lentils instead of cooking them, I let them begin to sprout (click here for sprouting directions). That night I use […]

Stretch Your Budget with Stretchy Beans


I know that I have mentioned Stretchy Beans quite a bit lately as part of my 13 Week Menu Plan. It occurred to me that every time I mention them, it is part of another post or a page. I was thinking today that Stretchy Beans being incredibly popular and useful at my […]