Belle and I were looking for something easy and filling and settled on Red Beans. It's an old familiar Southern recipe, and we have it down to a science. This is the slow-cooker version and takes about 12 hours, but while the cook time is long, the prep and work time is short.
Take a pound of dry red beans, a pound of good sausage (your choice), some salt, and six cups of water.
Rinse and sort the beans. By "sorting", I mean to stir then with your fingers as you rinse them, and look for stray bits of gravel. Cut your sausage into bite-sized and them put beans, sausage, and water into your slow cooker. Put it on low, and ignore it for 12 hours. Stir it occasionally, if you must.
I put these beans on last night at 7:00 and went to bed. After coffee this morning I gave them a stir. In a couple of hours, we'll make a pot of rice and some cornbread.
This is a basic recipe. You can add to it, if you like. Chop an onion, maybe. Or add garlic. Whatever you like, they are your beans. Or, you can do this with pinto beans, or white beans. Add ham instead of sausage. This is just about as basic as it comes.