Sunday, January 25, 2009

Becoming a Sunday Tradition.

Sunday night is fast becoming a favorite around here. After church, Daddy always makes up some lunch while I gather up our school books and work on lesson and menu planning for the week. I also recently added coupon clipping to the day, which takes a good deal of time, so am thinking that I need to drop one of those and add it to Saturday night instead. While I am doing that, hubby and the children sit and watch movies all day. I really enjoy the one day off my hubby has (well the half works early in the morning before church) and so do they, so we try to just have it as relaxing as can be. One of the great things about Sunday is that its designated as Bean night! I almost always cook them in the crockpot(which means the work is already done for me)and we never get tired of them . I wanted to share some of the dinners we alternate using beans and the BEST recipe for cornbread. My hubby likes his cornbread sweet with lots of butter, and this recipe has won him over every time! I stopped buying Jiffy a while!

Here are some of the dinners I alternate on Bean Night:

  • Pinto Beans cooked w/a smoked turkey leg,rice, cornbread (we don't like pork so this is a great, cheap alternative)
  • Puerto Rican Rice and beans , fried plantains
  • Chili Beans (most of the time this is meatless), rice, cornbread
  • Louisiana style Red Beans and Rice w/smoked turkey keilbasa, cornbread
  • Black eyed peas w/ smoked turkey leg, rice, cornbread

I use dried beans for these recipes and soak them overnight. In the morning I just throw all of the ingredients into the crock pot and let them cook all day on low. Something I really want to try is lentils. I have a bag of them in my cabinet and just don't know what to do with them! If you have a good recipe or want to share one of your bean recipes leave me a comment or post about it and link me to it.

I also make a lot of cornbread and this is by far the best cornbread recipe I have made. I'm thinking of having a baking day soon and just making a few pans of this and freezing some cooked rice to have for Sunday dinners. That would save me having to cook at all that day at all besides our big breakfast before church!

Sweet Cornbread:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup oil (we use coconut oil melted, if you want another oil just use the same amount)
What to do:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray or lightly grease a square 8x8 pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

Beans are a really inexpensive way to have a healthy dinner. Having a bean night has also helped me to allow more in my budget for more natural and organic meat. Saving money is my first priority to my family and we are thankful for whatever God puts on our plates! If its organic or not, I am thankful he has given me the ability to budget them in where ever I get a chance :)

Have a blessed Lords day!


  1. Yummy! I like the idea of Sunday being bean day. Sundays are crazy for us between morning service and early Awanas (5-8pm). Crock pot is probably the best way to go.

    We eat lentils frequently. I'll email you a recipe.

  2. What a good idea are such a clever gal ;) My family likes all sorts of beans (and cornbread of course, we *are* in the south you know! LOL)
    Actually, we just had pintos cooked in the crock last night w/ cornbread (my husband only likes his sweet too). We had lots of leftovers so I added a little taco seasoning to the beans & smashed them up with a fork and we will have bean & cheese burritos for lunch :)
    How do you make your Puerto Rican Rice & beans? Just asking because I have 1 Puerto Rican BIL and one soon-to-be BIL and they can cook some rockin beans! I have been meaning to get the recipe from them but always forget when I see them. Take care girl!

  3. I'm Pam's daughter, Bridgette.
    We use lentils lots of ways around here. They don't require any soaking, so they're great for last minute cooking.
    They're good in soups, for one.
    Another way I like to cook them is to sautee some onions, garlic and carrots, then add a few sausages. After the sausage has browned but before it's cooked put in about 1 cup of lentils and 2 cups chicken stock. Put a lid on and let it go till the lentils are softer and the sausage is cooked.
    Hope that gets the lentils out of the back of your cupboard...


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