Black bean soup is the sneakiest meal ever; it’s basically like a ninja. It’s super frugal and ridiculously easy. There’s no main meat feature. There’s not a plethora of fancy ingredients to be deemed gourmet.
One might think that it shouldn’t even taste very good with that introduction, but BAM! It’s a party of deliciousness with its warm and smooth black bean taste with notes of bacon, fried onion and peppers, sea salt, and my personal favourite: ground cumin (pretty much anything Tex-Mex-related is the best, including my family’s all-time favourite Southwest Taco Soup).
You can top it with some sour cream and chives, or maybe grated sharp cheddar and crumbled organic corn chips. I sometimes serve it over rice, which my kids enjoy. Avocado would be awfully nice, too. Mmmm, now I’m hungry.
I love meals where meat is not the main player because they are easy on the budget, but to be honest – I’ve tried a lot of frugal recipes that disappointed me in the taste department. I may be on a tight budget, but I like GOOD FOOD, people!
I don’t believe that you have to sacrifice taste when you’re on a budget, and I sure as heck don’t believe that plain and simple meals can’t be amazing. You just have to find the magical combo of ingredients (and maybe add a little bacon…)