Red Beans and Rice last night, another $5.00 meal

Here's another one to add to our list of $5 Meals, we love this one.
Red Beans and Rice
I start with this packet and add onion, red pepper, can of beans, can of diced tomatoes.
Vigo Red Beans & Rice packet $2.00
Onion $ .25
Red Pepper $1.00
FM Brand Red Beans $ .39 (normally $ .50 but this one was dented)
S&W Diced Tomatoes $ .50
Salt, Pepper, Oil $ .25
Total $4.50 This feeds 3 of us and leftovers for lunch the next day

Start by softening the onion and red pepper in canola oil

Start following packet directions add 3 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil (use the juice from the can of tomatoes as part of the water to add flavor) add the rest of ingredients, rice and beans package, drained can of beans. It will look like this.

Cover and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes

The finished've got your protein and veggies and carbs all in one. You could add bread or a salad or whatever you want. I don't make it spicy because of my daughter but my husband likes to add Tabasco.