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10 Easy Dinner Ideas on a Budget


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Red Beans and Rice
Red beans and rice is a classic dish that's as delicious as it is easy to prepare.
Red beans and rice is a classic dish that's as delicious as it is easy to prepare.
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Instead of planning meals around expensive meat products, keep costs down with recipes based around ingredients you already have. Mix red beans and rice from the pantry for a filling, fiber-rich meal that's both versatile and flavorful. Use wild or brown rice blends or stick with classic white, then mix in a few cans of beans. Toss in leftover veggies, like tomatoes, onions or peppers; then season with herbs or classic Cajun spices. This dish goes great with sausage, or add some chopped bacon for an different -- but equally delicious -- kind of taste.


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