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Originally published at Nicole Kristiana Studio. You can comment here or there.

My new year doesn’t start until Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. My birthday is the same as his! So, the resolutions and need to self re-invent, are both delayed and doubled.
My need to self improve has a swift kick at the beginning of the year, reflecting on the last year and reflecting on being a year older.

My husband and I are determined this year to SAVE, and I’m bent on being healthier. So, we decided we were going to cook a lot and freeze it for “I don’t wanna cook,” nights.

I’m cooking a lot of bean recipes today in order to freeze, but I made this for lunch and it really turned out well.

Here’s today’s lunch.

Healthy 3 bean lunch

Makes enough for 2, I would say.

1 1/2 cups of cooked brown rice
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp freshly ground coriander
1 1/2 cups of 3 random kinds of dry beans soaked overnight (2 cups soaked)
4 stalks of celery
1 carrot
2 tbsp of butter
Salted snack pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons of Lizano Salsa Sauce (Any tangy sauce will do, even barbeque)
4 sprigs of cilantro (optional)

- Somehow get 2, 3/4 cup servings of brown rice. (From the freezer that you’ve made before, freshly cooked or use brown instant rice.)
- Cover the beans with fresh water and boullion with 3 inches of the stock at the top. Cook the beans for about an hour.
- In the mean time, slice your celery stalks at a 45 degree angle, about an 1/8″ thick. The cut is important to flavor.
- Then, peel your carrot, but also use the peeler to cut ribbons of the carrot for sauteing. Just peel the good parts also and keep them in a separate pile.
- Get your pan nice and hot.
- Add 1/2 the butter and saute the carrot and celery.
- Add the cooked beans and a little bit of the stock water, maybe a 1/2 cup?
- Cook to reduce the liquid and add black pepper, fresh coriander and the Lizano sauce.
- Mix that up for about a minute.
- Serve up the beans, carrot, celery mixture over the rice, top with the remaining butter, pumpkin seeds and cilantro.

Don’t know how many calories it is, but it’s got to be on the low side. It worked out to be about $0.75 for the total meal.