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It’s time to check-in on the 1/3 Less Challenge again. I am floored by how quickly these weeks are flying by. I feel like I just wrote last week’s post. Is the time flying by for you too?
Here’s a simple recipe that falls under a couple of my 1/3 less categories.
- 1/3 less time spent in the kitchen – Check! It’s super quick to throw together.
- 1/3 less fat in our meals – Check! Subsituting beans for the protein source definitely helps there.
- 1/3 less money spent on groceries. – Check! This is a very frugal, yet still very delicious, dinner!
Blackened Beans & Grits
- 1 T. oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can chick peas, rinsed and drained
- 1 15 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
- 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1/2 c. water
- 1 – 2 T. Cajun/blackening seasoning, to taste
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 c. grits
- 4 c. water
- 1 t. salt
- 2 T. butter
- 1 c. shredded cheese, divided
- 1 t. freshly ground black pepper
1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, until onion is just tender. Stir in beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water and blackening/Cajun seasoning. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer as long as desired, but at least 15 minutes. (I let mine simmer all day.) Taste before serving and adjust seasonings as needed, including adding some salt and pepper if desired.
2. About 10 minutes before you’re ready to eat, combine the grits, water and 1 t. salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Once boiling, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in butter, 1/2 c. cheese and pepper.
3. Serve the beans on top of or alongside the grits. Sprinkle each serving with some of the remaining cheese.
Although I prefer dried beans in most instances, I was looking for a super quick meal, so I opted for the canned. You can certainly substitute with dried beans if you prefer. Also, if you can’t find (or don’t want to buy) a blackening seasoning, you can make your own. I make mine with a mixture of paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and coarse salt.
So, how are you doing on your 1/3 Less Challenge? Don’t forget to check in! I can’t wait to hear how it’s going for you.