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Just Add Water

There's no easier way to save a few bucks than by buying dry. Beans and barley can be turned into a week's worth of chicken chili, salad or mushroom risotto with this important, and free, ingredient — water.


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pound dried white beans, soaked overnight
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a large pot, heat oil. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft.
  2. Stir in cumin, stock, and water.
  3. Add beans and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  4. In the last 1/2 hour of cooking, stir in squash and chicken.