I came up with this as a vegetarian variation to the traditional Sweet and Sour Chicken that most of us are familiar with. I chose butter beans because they are large enough to not get lost in the meal and also because I love how creamy they are. I use this meal to keep the kids happy and healthy while keeping the food budget in balance. Normally I only have to buy the vegetables, pineapple chunks, and butter beans. The grand total is $6.49. Not bad to feed my family of five. —Dabblings
What You'll Need
medium yellow onion; chopped small
red bell pepper; chopped small
clove of garlic; minced
can of plain tomato sauce; 8 oz. (I usually get the salt-free kind and add my own salt)
apple cider vinegar
can of pineapple chunks; 20 oz. In pineapple juice
pineapple juice reserved from pineapple chunks
one lb. cans of butter beans; rinsed and drained
1 1/2 teaspoons
Rice for serving
In a large pot heat the olive oil over medium heat.
Once the oil is heated add the onion, red pepper, and garlic. Saute until the onion is translucent.
Add in the tomato sauce, brown sugar, cider vinegar, mustard, soy sauce, salt, pepper, and pineapple juice. Stir to combine.
Once combined add in the pineapple chunks, and the butter beans.
Combine the corn starch with the water in a separate bowl and then dump the mixture in with the rest of the ingredients.
Bring the ingredients to a boil and the drop the heat to low and simmer; stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.