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Old 10-23-2013, 04:53 PM
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I wasn't for sure where to post this. Whether in the food section or here and finally opted for here as after all it was about an inexpensive lunch.

I was visiting another forum a week or so ago and someone told me about bean cakes. Using his recipe, I opened a can of pinto beans and put an egg with them in a bowl and added 3 tbsp or whole wheat flour we grind ourselves and 2 tbsp of corn meal that we also grind ourselves and some chopped onion. I then dropped them into a hot cast iron skillet with a little oil and fried them until golden brown. I then added a little home made salsa and they were deliscious!

Today I took some soup beans I had made last week that were left over. I used a soup bowl so I'm not sure how many, maybe a cup and a half or two cups, an egg, flour and corn meal with chopped onion. Along with two fried eggs, that was lunch.

The pinto beans I bought were about .57 cents a can and the 2 lb bag of navy beans were about $2.25 or there about. I cooked half a bag and had used 1/2 already, and then 1/2 the leftovers, so I used 1/4 of a bag and had two cakes left over for supper, so I used 1/8 of a bag (.28 cents worth) and a total of 2 eggs ($1.35 doz.) Not counting the flour, cornmeal, and onion, about .50 cents. Not too expensive, but pretty good!

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Old 10-23-2013, 11:16 PM
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thanks for posting that. I made a fire today and since it was burning anyway, I put a pot of pinto beans on to cook, of course way too much. I was wondering if there is something besides soup and burritos. I'll try your recipe right away tomorrow. thanks.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:42 AM
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Sounds good. Please let me know how you like them.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:08 AM
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Beans & rice, kidney (or pinto) bean salad, plain beans as a side dish, chili with beans
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:10 PM
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okay, I tried Tooldummies bean patties. Here is my thumbs up.
this is going to be a winter regular.
Chili does not like me. I might fix a pot but not for me.
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I will definitely try this! It should go great with our homemade salsa.
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I second Bookworom's thumbs up! I tried this last night for a very late supper - really good. I had a pint of home canned broad beans, mushed them up with 3 tbsp. flour, 2 tbsp. cornmeal, an egg, bit of onion and a garlic clove. They were a bit sticky to form into a patty, but when I rinsed off my hands and tried again with wet hands they didn't stick at all.

Next time I might try flipping them in a bit of cornmeal in a saucer before frying.

Thanks Tooldummy for sharing this!
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Next time I might try flipping them in a bit of cornmeal in a saucer before frying.
Try it with crushed Tortilla chips, then top them with some cheese.

One of my favorite super cheap meals is a pack of Ramen noodles

When they are almost done, I mix in some Sesame Oil, some Sriracha sauce, and a couple of beaten eggs, and stir until the eggs are done.

If I have some leftover meat, I can add that too
Bacon or ham is a good addition
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Sounds delicious!
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Old 07-04-2014, 04:32 PM
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How would a bean hamburger be? Have to try that.
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:15 PM
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Trivia to amaze your friends with: flax & hemp seeds are the only plant sources of complete protein.

A combination of beans, corn and rice will give you all 22 required amino acids. The problem is, you gotta eat about 3200 calories of those three to get your 60 gm protein each day. That's about double the calories that most of us need.

You could improve on that by increasing the ratio of beans and decreasing the rice & corn, but then other, um-- digestive problems could appear. Better leave that top flap on your tee pee open.
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Foolishly did you mash the beans before making the bean cakes? I just got two cans of store brand organic black beans today and I'd love to do that with them.
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