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Bean, Rice, and Lentil Recipes – Budget Stretching Strategies

Bean Recipes, Rice Recipes, Lentil Recipes

The most flexible part of my budget is groceries. You can’t cut back on the rent payment or insurance premiums, but you can make cuts in your grocery budget to stretch your budget. I would rather eat beans and rice a few more times in December than be faced with credit card bills in January.

I asked some of my blogging friends to share their favorite bean, rice, and lentil recipes with me. If you have a recipe you would like to share leave it in the comments and I will add it to my Bean, Rice, and Lentil Recipes Pinterest board. Let’s help all of our friends stretch their budget with frugal recipes!

Creating recipes with dried beans is even more frugal than cooking with canned beans. One pound of dried beans costs less than a can of beans, but makes the equivalent of 4 cans of beans. Are you new to cooking dried beans? Then try one of these Methods for Cooking Dried Beans.

Bean Recipes:

Rice Recipes:

Bean and Rice Recipes:

Lentil Recipes:

What is your favorite frugal bean, rice, and/or lentil recipe? 

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. What a great collection of frugal recipes! Thanks for putting all this together. :)

  2. Great collection! Thanks for the new ideas.

    We have many favorite bean recipes, but the big winners we make over and over again are Honey Baked Lentils and Masoor Dal with Carrots. These both use lentils, which are easier than most dry beans because they cook more quickly.

  3. Perfect post. My beautiful signi just informed me that she all of a sudden no longer likes meat. This will surely help keep her protein and iron levels where they should be.


  4. My favourite rice is rice pudding. All I do is take leftover rice, mix up a couple of eggs, mix in with the rice, add some sweetener ( sugar, honey, or what ever you use to your taste), and a little milk ( or soy milk, or almond milk… this was extra good), a little vanilla and bake it all in a casserole dish in the oven at 350 degrees F.
    I can’t really give a regular recipe because I do things to the amount of rice I want to use up. Sometimes I add rasins, or cranberries, and sometimes I add cinnamon. But not always any of those.
    This is a dessert, or our evening snack. Have also eaten it for breakfast.

  5. Dried beans are definitely an inexpensive protein and so easy to make them stretch into many dishes. I’m always amazed at how much you get from 2 cups of dried beans! Great post!

  6. This is my top choice:
    The smell of it cooking is heavenly and the taste is delicious. It makes me smile to dish up a serving. The only drawback to this recipe is that it doesn’t yield an infinite supply. ;) Fortunately, it’s also a quick and easy recipe. (I substitute maple syrup for the molasses.)

  7. Always love finding new bean recipes, and honored you included my recipes on the list! Thank you!

  8. I love all of these ingredients and try to incorporate them into our diet frequently. Thanks for sharing all of these great links. I am giving away two great prizes on my blog: a $50 gift certificate to my favorite jeweler and a copy of a new book published by fellow blogger, Kat Robinson. It is called Arkansas Pie: A Slice of the Natural State. I just know you will love either one. Come link up to enter.

  9. This is a wonderful roundup of frugal and delicious recipes! Thank you for including mine too!

  10. Alea,

    Great collection of recipe, Rice and lentil my favorite combo meals.

  11. I love all things beans and rice! Your post is a great recipe resource. Pinning it!

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