Afterwork meeting meant planning ahead and setting up the Crock Pot last night, as well as doing a quick soak and boiling some dried, black beans until they were soft. We are all out of dried kidney beans, have about one more batch worth of dried black and then we are down to just pintos (which we like better than kidney beans) and navy beans. I do keep some cans of prepared beans (black, kidney, cannelini at the moment) in the pantry for quick meals. Knowing that dried are 1/2 the cost and naturally salt free, I gravite towards them. Never mind that we are actively eating down my pantry.
This morning, all I had to do was brown off a lb of marked down, organic beef, and add that to the awaiting Crock Pot of beans, diced tomatoes (Walmart private label), some discount off brand label Chilli seasoning, salt and pepper. This cooked all day while I was at work. Once home, all I had to do was mix up a batch of cornbread, using this favorite recipe: