Beans, beans, they're good for your heart...

...the more you eat, the less you PART with your hard earned cash!

Dried beans are full of protein and fibre, low fat, filling and available very cheaply from local Asian supermarkets. Even if you don't have an international shop nearby, you should be able to find dried beans in your local supermarket for a similarly tasty price...

The beans for this chilli cost me no more than 50p and formed the basis of this delicious meal for four. Littlest Miss Miser was at a friend's house for supper, so we boxed up the other two portions for lunch the next day.

Mixed bean chilli - serves 4

1 tbsp oil
1 large onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp dried mixed herbs
260g dried mixed beans
1 tin plum tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • Cook the beans according to packet instructions (cook them quickly in your InstantPot, if you have one)
  • Fry the onion in the oil for 5 minutes, or until translucent and softened.
  • Add the garlic and spices and fry for a further 2 minutes
  • Add the beans, herbs, tomatoes, ketchup and enough water to cover (if using an InstantPot just add half a can of water).
  • Simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until thickened (InstantPot - 8 minutes!)
Serve with rice, potatoes or homemade wraps!

We ate ours with baked potatoes - I bake 10-12 at a time, to save energy, and individually freeze any we can't eat at that meal - and avocado. Healthy, cheap and absolutely scrumptious. 

As I had the oven on to bake potatoes, I also knocked up some apple flapjacks for Mr Miser's lunches. He cycles about 125 miles a week (to save diesel!) and needs the extra energy. I might've tried a slice, too!

I try and maintain a diverse repertoire of healthy and dirt cheap meals my family will enjoy.

What's your favourite frugal family meal?


  1. Love your blog, please keep posting.

  2. Hi,
    I keep checking your blog to see if you have done another post. I discovered your blog only a few months ago and have gone back and read every post. I found them really helpful and informative! I'm really hoping that you write another post very soon? Please :)

    Amanda :) x

    1. Hiya, thanks for the comment - I have a backlog of photos and blog ideas and will be posting again over the weekend. Thanks for the prod to get back on it! xx


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