Thank you HEB for partnering with me on this recipe. All opinions are my own.
When I was a kid I remember visiting my Granny and many times we would have a big bowl of red beans and rice and a steaming plate of corn bread for lunch. Sometimes the beans would come from her garden and sometimes they came from the store. I didn’t know it then, but part of the reason we would have this dish of ultimate Southern comfort food so often at her house is that she was on a strict budget. It’s hard to find a better meal for stretching a budget than beans and rice. As a kid, I was blessed to not worry about making the most of a food dollar. I just knew they were good. They’re still good. I make my own version of them from time to time and it takes me right back to my Granny’s worn table on a Sunday afternoon.
This past week I found a great new place in Houston for stretching a food budget and making the most of your meal planning. Joe V’s Smart Shop a part of the HEB family of stores, opened their Fuqua location and along with a few other local bloggers I got a tour of the beautiful store from Joe V from himself. They haven’t raised prices on many of their items in 5 years. You read that right- 5 years.
Joe V’s is so committed to helping families afford to put food on their table even at the end of pay day they have not raised their prices in 5 years. Shoppers can know exactly how much to expect to spend. They can count on their every day great deals $3/1 canned goods. They can also count on quality for their money. Look at the beautiful produce above. This is a beautiful store of fresh ingredients for a great price. No seconds or scratch and dent. They do not carry every brand, but more than likely you can find what you need and walk away saving nearly 20% below any other store in town.
They save their money in other ways so that they can pass on the savings to their customer. They do not take credit cards. They buy and stock in bulk but the aisles were incredibly easy to shop from. I plan on going to Joe V’s o stock up on bulk buys and freezer items. It is more than worth my time to make the drive once per month to save 20%. I know I can save but still get quality ingredients to make a beautiful meal for my family like the red beans and rice and sausage below.
- 1 lb package red beans
- 1 10 oz can Rotel chili fixin's tomatoes
- 1 4.5 oz can diced chiles
- 1 cup diced red onions
- ¼ teaspoon tobasco sauce
- ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lb link Adouille sausage (can substitute kielbasa or smoked sausage)
- Sort and rinse beans.
- Add beans to large stock pot and cover with 2 inches of water.
- Heat beans over low heat to a boil.
- Let boil for 2 minutes and then remove from heat.
- Let beans soak in the hot water for 1 hour.
- Put back on low heat and add tomatoes, chiles, red onions, tobasco sauce, garlic salt, and cooked sausage.
- Cook on low for approximately 2 hours or until beans are tender.
- Serve over rice.
The whole meal cost less than $10 and will feed a family of four for two days. That’s just over a $1 per meal for a home cooked dinner that didn’t come off a “value menu”. You could even drastically reduce the cost by swapping the Andouille sausage at $4 per link by catching a Joe V’s deal like the Eckrich smoked sausage for $1. Can you believe $1?!
This is also such a simple meal to make and your house will smell wonderful with the pot of beans on the stove. It’s a great one to make on a Sunday and use for planned leftovers on a Monday.
Whether you’re trying to maximize every dollar of your grocery budget or want to save the extra for a family night at the movies or vacation, delicious but budget friendly meals like these red beans and rice and shopping at Joe V’s will help you reach your goal.
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