December 10, 2012
From November until around March, my crockpot gets a workout. At least once per week, I pull my slow cooker out and cook up a soup, stew, chili or a pot of beans. Nothing better than some warm comfort food on a chilly day!
Last weekend I had my cooker filled with some of my favorite dry beans from Hurst Family Harvest. I whipped up a batch of Tri-Bean soup in the slow cooker as well as a skillet of Mexican Cornbread. Oh my – talk about comfort food! There is nothing better than beans and cornbread! I took a picture of my husband’s bowl before I handed it to him and I had barely sat down to eat before he was back in the kitchen for seconds!
Not only was dinner delicious, but clean up was a breeze. I tossed the leftovers in the refrigerator then just had the crock and skillet to wash. That’s my kind of Sunday dinner!
What’s even better is that the cost of that meal was incredibly inexpensive. Of course I had everything on hand from my freezer/pantry. If I had to estimate the cost, I would say the whole meal would have been about $8 TOTAL! Since this one will actually be dinner and lunch – the cost per person is under $2 per person!
Here is a super easy recipe for you guys. At only $2.99 for 8 full servings this recipe just can’t be beat!
- 1 package Homestyle Tri-Bean Soup
- 2 tbs. olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves chopped garlic
- 1-2 ham hocks, or ½ lb. diced ham (I used a ham bone)
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Rinse and sort through the beans.
- Pour beans into a large bowl or pot and cover with 2 inches of warm water.
- Allow beans to soak over night or at least 4 hours – drain and discard water.
- Add olive oil to a large soup pot over medium-high heat.
- Sauté the onion and garlic for 5-6 minutes until onion becomes translucent.
- Transfer to the crock pot.
- Add 6 cups of water, beans and ham.
- Cook for 6 hours on low.
- Add tomatoes to the pot and continue to cook for 30 minutes.
- Add lemon juice and contents of seasoning packet.
- Simmer for additional 15 minutes before serving.
One of the questions I get most frequently from folks is how to reduce their grocery budget. One of the ideas I offer is a meatless meal once per week. Cooking up dry beans is extremely affordable, full of protein and super easy. Pair all of those benefits with the fact that a pot of beans is absolutely delicious and you really do have a perfect meal!
Publix shoppers will be thrilled to know that you can save even more right now! We have a $1 Hurst Family Harvest coupon in the Yellow Advantage Buy flyer! Yep–time to stock up! Beans have a great long shelf life, so you guys really need to take advantage of the savings while you can.
Right now the folks over at Hurst have a fun promotion going on. Just submit a photo of any Hurst Bean product under your Christmas tree and you could win a $100 grocery gift card! How fun!!
My buddies over at Hurst have offered up more prizes for you guys! The slogan over at Hurst Family Harvest is “Beans For Every Table”. So how about some for your table?! Six I Heart Publix readers will have the chance to put some of the Hurst Family Harvest beans on their table with the following prizes:
- One winner will get a $100 Publix Gift Card!
- Two winners will get a $30 Publix Gift Card!
- Three winners will get a variety box of Hurst Family Beans!
Entry is simple! You just need to complete the task below! You can gain a bonus entry as well (just make sure that you leave one entry for each — up to a total of 2 comments.) As a reminder, comments left on Facebook, Twitter or other posts will not be included. I will choose the winners on Sunday 12/16 at 11:59 pm EST.
- Share your favorite way to cook up a bag of Hurst Family Harvest Beans. Do you have a recipe or a way to prepare beans that is your family’s favorite?
- Head over and “like” Hurst Family Harvest on Facebook.
Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by the folks at Hurst Family Harvest. All comments and opinions are my own!