> Last week a few of our meals were based on a pot of pinto beans. If you have ever taken a look at my menu plans we do have legumes on a regular basis. They are a great way to stretch a tight budget while being a good source of protein and minerals. I like to cook them in bone broth to increase the nutritional value. Plus with a little planning they are almost a fast food. I soak them the night before and then in the morning put them in the crock pot to spend the day cooking. It is especially nice to have that pot of beans ready after a busy day. I like to make a large batch and use the beans as the basis of other meals for the week (never more than three because Joe starts to ‘hint’ that we have had enough beans) or to put in the freezer.