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A day in the life of a working single mom relies heavily on a well orchestrated routine. In a perfect little world I could go home from work and fix dinner while the kids finished their homework or read quietly. Traditionally beans would be simmering for hours in spices till the come out perfect. Too bad this is not a perfect little world and single motherhood is more than just a balancing act. I like to think that I am a trapeze artist or mentall skilled like those acrobats at Cirque du Soleil juggling spinning plates while standing on one leg on a balance board. Parents and families make small sacrifices in many ways in order to participate in those things that really matter to us. The key things that matter to me are being able to spend those few precious hours in the evening with my kids – – after a long day of work and school minus the sibling arguments, the science fair project procrastination, and the screams about not wanting to take a bath. Dinner time is family time for us and I have gone to great lengths to cut down on the time it takes to cook a meal through meal planning and efficiency just so we can sit down and eat together. No matter how big or small the meal is, it doesn’t mean a “hill of beans” if we aren’t spending time together. That’s where Bush’s new Latin inspired beans plays a big role in how our family does dinner.
The Art of Bush’s Beans – Cocina Latina Beans
Bush’s Beans are a Texas staple to me. Bush’s Beans are plentiful in their varieties with larger than life cans that grace the canned bean aisles at Walmart. When it comes to saving time on cooking for the family and saving money, beans should be your staple. Beans are such an important part of Latin culture. When there is little left there is always room for beans with quick dishes like beans and tortillas or beans and rice. Bush’s Beans makes over 15 varieties and with Bush’s Cocina Latina flavors, they have 7 already seasoned varieties to help you save time in the kitchen to create your own Latin inspired dishes that bring family together. Flavors like Frijoles Cubanos, Frijoles Charros Machacados, and even a fat free refried beans options makes weekly meal planning easy.
Dallas Single Mom’s Top 5 Time Saving Cooking Tips
- Plan and Shop Ahead – Meal planning for a busy family requires you to plan ahead by knowing what recipes you will make for the week ahead of time. Create a shopping list of what you will purchase ahead of time, categorize them by planning your route in the store. It is easy to find Bush’s Cocina Latina Beans at Walmart since they are in the canned beans aisle at Walmart. Walmart also makes it very easy with their app to create a shopping list and add items to the list prior to doing your grocery shopping. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area some Walmart stores allow you to order groceries online for store pickup. Let’s just say grocery delivery and pick up is a must use time saving activity for busy families. I use it all the time and the convenience of picking it up means less time spent in long lines at the grocery store. Below is an example of what online ordering and store pick up looks like. Go to to see if it’s available in your area.
- Use time saving cookware. Use cookware or recipes that use crockpots or pressure cookers. Even items like waffle irons and sandwich presses make planning dinners that much easier. It’s also ok to use the microwave. There is nothing wrong with microwaving some Bush’s Cocina Latina beans in a microwave if you are in a pinch for time (Or if the kids are driving you nuts by arguing while you are trying to get food on the table. The best part is that the beans are already seasoned taking the time and guesswork out of figuring out if you have the spices you need.
- Food Prep with Processors – Cut all of your vegetables ahead of time on Sunday for the entire week. Either do it by hand or use a food processor. This makes clean up very easy as you are using and cleaning up the food processor, the knives and cutting boards on one day instead of having a lot of dishes during the week. Place chopped veggies in plastic containers or sealed bags.
- Organize cooking for the day – if I know that I will be cooking a particular dish like Chicken, Corn and Bean Burritos made with Bush’s Cocina Latina Frijoles Cubano, I can easily have everything non-refrigerated ready to go when I get home. I keep a shelf in the fridge (sometimes even a plastic bin) for what I plan to cook that night. In the recipe I mentioned I had the chicken, sour cream, cheese and veggies in it’s own little place in the fridge so I am not hunting all over the fridge looking for it later. The canned beans and corn I placed in the saucepan that I was going to use that night and set it right on the stove so it would be ready when I get home. Can openers, spoons and even recipe books (If needed) are placed on the counter for when I get home. Many times I use a sauce pan instead of a sautee or frying pan because frankly it’s an easier clean-up of the stove that way.
- Get the Kids involved – this is my favorite tip of all. I get my little ones involved by allowing them to set the table which is a job they take very seriously. I even have them plan the menus sometimes or call out an ingredient they would like to see in their meals. I would be dishonest if I said beans are high on their list, it’s not. Yet corn is a favorite in the house and so being able to cook Bush’s Beans with a vegetable they picked and that they liked makes it easier for them to try something different. With the same filling I used in the chicken, bean and corn burritos, I made a quesadilla for them. When setting the table I keep some silverware and plates out where they are accessible. They learn proper place settings and etiquette this way. They are also responsible for clearing the table and putting dishes in the sink to be washed or put into the dishwasher. This saves a ton of time on cleaning and more time together as a family.
My favorite Bush’s Beans recipes
Below are some favorite recipes I have made using Bush’s Beans which includes Bush’s own recipes. Some of these are adaptations to what they have on their website. All of these recipes are quick to make and the kids like them. I included 5 here as they were easy to make for the whole week.
Easy Bean and Beef Tacos – 15 minutes to make. I substituted Frijoles Machados in the shell keeping the ground beef in place.
Chicken, Black Beans and Corn Burritos – this dish takes maybe ten minutes. It’s that quick and easy. Healthy too if you replace the flour tortillas with whole grain and/or spinach. Use light greek yogurt or light/fat free sour cream and cheeses. Extra healthy cut out the dairy.
Leftover Burrito Mix Quesadillas – All I did with this recipe was take the same black bean mixture from the above burritos, threw it onto another tortilla, added shredded cheese, then topped with another tortilla. Warmed it on a skillet on the stove until the cheese was melted and instant dinner success. My daughter loves these.
Beans and Sausage over noodles – I prepare garlic spaghetti noodles ahead of time every week. It’s a starch that my kids will eat and if it’s already made there is little I need to do to prepare a dish with it. Pasta is prepared ahead and I sautee in garlic and olive oil. I then bag up the batches of pasts and freeze them for when I need them. When I need them I just take them out of the freezer and warm them up in the microwave. For this dish I just use a simple slow cooker to make the Beans and Sausage in the morning or I can come home and sautee everything in a saucepan. Then heat up the already made pasta and then I have dinner.
Easy Beans and Rice – for this recipe I use a pressure cooker to cook the ingredients quick and follow the recipe from Bush’s. The alternative for the black beans is to use Bush’s Cocina Latina – Frijoles Cubanos when cooking. I like this filling for use in soups and in wraps or burrito bowls. Just refrigerate small batches and use when you need it.
These are just a few of the quick time saving tips I have for the kitchen and a wonderful way to make Bush’s Cocina Latina Beans a part of your family meals. You can find more recipe inspiration by following the hashtag #CocinaLatinaBeans on social media or heading to my recipes at Dallas Single Mom.
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What recipe inspirations or cooking questions do you have for Dallas Single Mom? Which recipes would you want to try with Bush’s Cocina Latina beans from Walmart?