We call these meals "Rich Man's Meals" because by eating "poor" now, we will be eating "rich" later!
The official poor man's meal: In a pan heat some olive oil, when heated add a clove or two of minced garlic, and cook for about a minute. Add 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, 1 can of kidney beans (drained and rinsed well), some chili powder and basil to taste. Serve over warm rice (brown is healthier, but I like the taste of white better).
Bean Burritos: In a bowl mix one can pinto beans (drained and rinsed well), and one can fat-free & preservative free refried beans. When I say "preservative-free," look at the list of ingredients on the can. If you know what all the ingredients are then buy it. If you don't know what some of the ingredients are, then don't buy it. Aldi's sells fat-free & preservative free refried beans. Spread bean mixture in a tortilla and roll it up. Top with cheese and microwave for about 1 minute 30 seconds. Top with salsa.
All rich man's meals are served with a very generous side of steamed or fresh vegetables. These meals also take little time to prepare, so we usually eat these meals on busy nights.
Also calling them "Rich Man's Meals" really helps you happily and gratefully eat a poor man's meal and help you stay motivated in your choice to live cheap now.
What's your family's rich man's meal?