Free Coupon Class – July 21!
This class will start at 6:30 pm.
Seating is first come, first served and no registration required. The class is going to last about 90 minutes, so you can judge for yourself if your kids will be able to sit that still for that long.
I get so many requests for classes, so I hope you’ll be able to attend if you’ve thought about learning more.
Introducing Bush’s Cocina Latina Beans!
If you’ve read many of my menu plan posts, we eat a lot of Tex-Mex and barbecue around here. Coming up with new and interesting side dishes is not my best skill in the kitchen. However, I think one of the best inventions EVER was canned beans. Sometimes I’ll add a little of this and a little of that, but there’s one kind I don’t have to add a thing to.
Our favorite is the Cocina Latina line by Bush’s. These beans have some great Latin American and Southwestern influence, making them a family favorite. They come in a variety of flavors, and with a new formulation, our favorite Pintos a la Diabla are now vegetarian!
Now available at Wal-Mart, Bush’s Cocina Latina beans come in a variety of flavors. Choose from:
- Frijoles Cubanos
- Frijoles Negros Machacados
- Frijoles a la Mexicana
- Pintos a la Diabla
- Traditional Refried Beans
- Traditional Fat Free Refried Beans – also vegetarian!
- and more!
While we love our “Devil Beans” as my husband calls them as them, there are some great recipes that you can make with Bush’s Cocina Latina Beans. Use them anywhere you would like to add a little spice and seasoning to dishes. When I make chili, I commit the cardinal sin of Texas chili and include beans. Using Cocina Latina beans adds great flavor and body to my chili without having to precook dried beans.
When my oldest son went off to college, he wanted my chili recipe. I adapted it to not make quite so much, but still retain all of the flavor.
Here’s my recipe for 30 minute chili:
1 can Bush’s Cocina Latina Pintos a la Diabla
1 can red kidney beans
1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
1 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
1 envelope of taco seasoning
1 1/2 cup of water
Combine all ingredients. Bring to boil, allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
Check out this 5 Layer Dip. Wouldn’t that be great for a party? I’d make it and someone else would have to keep me from eating the whole thing!
But, since we all know how much I love saving money, I have a great special offer!
Save $1/2 with this Cocina Latina coupon ONLY available for my readers in Texas.
How to Calculate YOUR Family’s Food Budget
If you’ve taken one of my Houston coupon classes, one of the main things I preach is setting a budget. Since this is a couponing blog, let’s talk about one of the easiest places to start. Food. Everyone has to eat, right? So let’s figure out how to calculate your family’s food budget.
Setting a budget is dependent on many factors:
- Family Size
- Income Available
- Family Needs/Reality
Family size is an easy one. If you have six kids in your home, your budget is not going to look like mine, where I only have two kids at home. It’s a fact of life that teenagers eat more, so if you have only teenagers, that will reflect in your budget.
Income… Only you know how much is left after all of your other bills are paid. Or at least you should know. But knowing how much of that should be going to food isn’t as easy. However, there are some tools to help. Lifehacker suggests that 9-14% of income is typical. Your area may differ, but that’s about right, for most people I know.
The USDA puts out a food cost breakdown, that includes four levels of spending, with amounts for various ages and genders. You can use that to calculate what the government thinks you should be spending. Using the “Thrifty” plan, I should be spending about $650/month, which is pretty realistic. The next level of budget “low-cost” just seems far too high for us, at nearly $850.
However, my goal budget is set lower than that because I know that we can eat extremely well on $500/month. I am allowing myself that additional $150 because of my next point.
Reality. Always such a bummer. There are always going to be little hiccups in the plan. Sometimes the meat for dinner doesn’t get defrosted in time, sometimes dinner is burnt to a crisp, and sometimes you just don’t want to cook. Allowing yourself the grace of a little extra money for take-out, or mistakes will allow you the peace of mind to know you are still within budget.
FREE COUPON CLASSES!
Where: Elmo Willard Library, 3590 E Lucas Dr, Beaumont, TX 77708
When: Saturday, April 16 from 1 – 3
What you need to do: Show up and bring a pen!