10 Frugal Pantry Staples

Dried Beans

Beans are full of fiber and protein, and they provide delicious texture to all kinds of dishes. Toss kidney beans in soups and chilis, add garbanzo beans to salads, stick some black beans in your salsa or season them and serve them as the main course.

Believe it or not, beans are even great for breakfast. Beans and toast are a popular English breakfast duo, and upon closer inspection, you'll find egg burritos with black beans on many restaurant breakfast menus. Dried beans are the cheapest but take more time to prepare, so you may want to keep a few cans on hand for meals when you're short on time.

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