You’ve got a lot going on in life. Between work, running the kids around town, doing errands and all the thousand other small things you have to do in a day, sometimes it’s hard to remember to get dinner going! One of the best ways to make sure you always have a delicious, healthy meal to feed your family is to use make-ahead secrets. Beans are a great option for making meals in advance: you can throw a bean soup or stew into the crockpot in the morning and have an incredible dinner that night with no effort, or you can freeze beans for a quick meal-on-the go. Here are some of our favorite make ahead bean recipes–what are yours?
This recipe is incredibly simple, but with a taste the whole family will love. Combined cooked bacon with great northern white beans, vegetables, chicken broth and milk and let it cook all day. While the recipe calls for dried beansm,The slow cooking means you don’t even have to use cream to get a silky smooth texture–milk gives the chowder its body without adding all that fat. For even more time savings, cook the bacon and chop your vegetables the night before. The next morning, just dump it all into the crockpot and turn it on!
Who doesn’t love a good crock of pinto beans? Again, skip the step of soaking dried beans over night and use ready-to-eat Randall Beans pinto beans in the glass jar. Add water, spices and jalapenos and let cook all day. In the evening, you can mash these into refried beans or mix the beans with rice and smoke sausage to make it a meal.
Frozen burritos are convenient, but grocery store burritos are laden with fat and preservatives. When you make your own, you’ll have quick lunches or dinners at your finger tips made just the way you like them. Cook your pinto beans with onions, garlic and tomato paste, then combine with rice and corn salsa and wrap in a tortilla. If you’re freezing for later, just wrap a few assembled burritos in foil and pop them into the oven for great meals any time.