Posted in Crockpot, Main Dish, Recipes

Pinto Beans and Ham

Last winter, I found this recipe and cooked it several times.  The last time I made it, both boys gave it a thumbs up.  I enjoy this recipe because it makes a lot, stretches a buck, and is made in the crockpot.

Pinto Beans and Ham

Pinto Beans and Ham

Stars of the recipe:

  • bag of dried pinto beans
  • 1/2 lb. of ham chopped
  • small onion chopped
  • water


  1. Soak the pinto beans overnight.  Make sure you put them in a big bowl and cover them with water.
  2. In the morning, drain the beans.  Get rid of any debris which could have gotten in the bag.
  3. Place the beans, ham, and onion in the crockpot.
  4. Put water in the crockpot over the beans, ham, and onion.  Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  6. Serve over rice or with cornbread.

I serve mine with Northern cornbread.

Printable Recipe

Posted in Menu planning

November Meals

Week of November 1 – (I have parent-teacher conferences on Monday and Wednesday, so hubby has to cook.  It needs to be easy meals that I know the boys will eat.)

  1. mini meatloaves, pasta Roni, and veggie
  2. Skyline chili (in the freezer) over spaghetti, veggie
  3. roast with root veggies, rolls
  4. hash made from roast, veggie, Easy Rolls
  5. Chick Fil A (Friday) to support a fundraiser for a MOP’s mother – Her church is building an addition to her house.
  6. leftovers

Week of November 8

  1. primetime meatloaf (freezer), mashed potatoes, veggies, Easy Rolls (freezer)
  2. spaghetti carbonara, salad, garlic bread, or cheddar bay rolls
  3. pinto beans and ham (freezer) and cornbread (freezer)
  4. pork chops with onions and peppers, buttermilk biscuits, veggies
  5. breakfast for dinner – pancakes, bacon, eggs
  6. leftovers

Week of November 15

  1. molasses chicken (freezer), easy mac and cheese,  veggie, bread
  2. soup (TBA) and sandwiches
  3. spaghetti, garlic bread, salad
  4. ham (freezer), corn casserole or mashed potatoes, applesauce, peas
  5. chicken nuggets, French fries, raw veggies
  6. leftovers

Week of November 22 (Thanksgiving week)

  1. Taco soup (freezer), cheese quesadillas
  2. White Castle sliders, French fries, raw veggies
  3. Roast Kiebalsa dinner, veggies, rolls
  4. Thanksgiving
  5. breakfast for dinner – Waffle House waffles, hash browns smothered, covered, and chunked
  6. leftovers

Week of November 29

  1. chili (freezer), cornbread
  2. grilled chicken, pasta or rice Roni, veggie
  3. Swedish meatballs over egg noddles, veggies
  4. beef veggie soup, rolls
  5. sweet and sour chicken over rice, fortune cookies
  6. leftovers

This menu has been linked to This Mommy Cooks and Mommy’s Kitchen.