Budget-friendly beans and grains
Hit a whole in one: There’s no better budget stretcher than cooking with whole grains. Pearl barley ($.90 a pound), brown rice ($1.15 a pound), and bulgur ($1.76 a pound) are low in fat, high in protein, and
tummy-filling. Combine with meat or veggies to make a little go a long, healthy way.
Try dry: Dried beans, lentils, and split peas are less than $1 a pound and packed with nutrition. Cook up a pot and eat for three nights, turning them into a satisfying, Southern-style meal, Veggie Bean
Burgers, or Pasta e Fagioli.
Do the math: A box of rice pilaf will set you back $2.29 and yield three cups, or one meal. Spend a dollar more on a five-pound bag of rice, and get the equivalent of 50 cooked cups. Mix with onions and chicken
broth for DIY pilaf.
Reprinted with permission of Hearst Communications, Inc. Originally published: How
to Save Money on Groceries