Beans. They are great for stretching out a meal. Soups, pastas, and many mexican dishes can be almost doubled with a wide variety of beans. As a kid, my mom always made beef tacos with kidney beans in the mix. I thought this was “normal” but later realized she was stretching her dollar.
Now that my kids are a bit older, a pound of ground beef doesn’t go as far as it used it. But when I mix in some kidney beans, we now have more than enough for our dinner and usually a little leftover.
Do you use beans to stretch meals? What is your favorite kind of bean to use, and in what dish do you like to use it?