Beans

Beans are a wonderful diet staple, filling, rich in protein, and generally cheap.

Bean and Rice Burritos

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Another one from the dawn of my culinary bachelor past. This dish is easy, cheap, nutritious, and delicious. It's so easy, I've lost the recipe, I haven't made it in 5 or more years, and still I was able to figure it back out from scratch.

This is a classic easy weeknight meal. Make some rice (20 minutes), build the burritos (5 minutes), and bake for 20 minutes, and you're done. The main ingredients, rice and beans, are pantry staples. The most expensive ingredient is the cheese, but it's good to keep some cheese around for cheese emergencies (though, in my opinion, the only emergency is not having cheese).

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Lentil Marinara

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I'd never tried lentils before, which is a shame because they're great. Easy to make and nutritious, lentils are a good staple to have in your pantry. They're like dried beans, without the lengthy overnight soaking before use.

Since I also had a bunch of tomato sauce makings about, I decided to see if they could be combined. I had previously made a red bean and tomato sauce recipe, but beans are large and chewy, and the end result was unappetizing at best.

However, adding 1 cup of red lentils and 2 cups of water to my tomato sauce recipe turned out wonderfully. I just added the lentils and water immediately after everything else, and let the whole thing simmer for 25 minutes until the lentils were tender. The lentils added some flavor and a bunch of protein, so it's a good option for vegetarians (the parmesan cheese I added stopped it from being vegan). Added together with some roasted broccoli and I had a nice, healthy meal.

Tomato sauce with red lentils and roasted broccoli

Beef and Bean Burritos

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Tortillas are my favorite bread product, beating out pita, naan, biscuits, and classic loaves. They are simple and versatile, can be served as any course (including dessert), and the best part is, they come in sizes big enough for a meal.

There is only one rule for a tortilla: Bigger is Better!

What's important is what goes in. Quick-service restaurants like Chipotle and Q'Doba have turned burritos into a deli-style experience, letting you mix and match flavor combinations forever.

The individual components made here can be substituted with other things, allowing you to customize your burrito experience.

Just remember the one rule: Bigger is better!

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