Tips As You Prepare For Rice & Beans Month

Here are some useful tips to help you prepare for Rice & Beans Month. Engaging in the spiritual and physical aspects of Rice & Beans Month goes more smoothly if you do a few simple things to get ready beforehand!

Pray about it. Keep the month before God, seeking his direction for what your participation will look like this year.

Buy some rice and beans. You definitely want to wake up on Day 1 with rice, beans, veggies, and seasonings already in your pantry, perhaps even cooked and ready to eat.

Try a practice meal in February. Find a recipe or two that sound doable, and get an idea of what it will be like to prepare and eat different foods. There are some great options here.

View some videos for inspiration. Seeing the faces of children in East Africa is a great way to focus your heart on the reasons behind the dietary changes you are about to make. Find videos at and at

Estimate your food spending. If you do not know how much you usually spend on groceries and restaurant meals in a month, take note. It will help you keep track of how much you save when you switch to a modified diet.

We’d love to hear more suggestions from you! How do you prepare for Rice & Beans Month? Add comments to this post, or over on the Facebook page. And if you would like to receive a copy (or more) of the new Rice & Beans guide for some stories, reflections, and recipes to help you dive in to the experience, send an email to