You may recall that in this post, I gave survival amounts of food storage for a year for one person. Thing is, if you don't eat some of these items regularly, you may find yourself at a loss about what to do with them. Cooking with food storage is a skill that I am working at, and I've made some progress, but I have a long way to go. Stealing from my personal blog once again, I will give you some links to recipes that I have made successfully. You have the advantage of having them in one place (there is a post over there where these particular recipes are together, but now you don't even have to click over there. Ahhhh. :) :
Beans and Rice
1. This recipe turns out to be rice and beans in one dish. I use olive oil, and fry Spam before adding the spices (dried or powdered) to give it some extra flavor. Then I either reheat the Spam and serve it with the beans and rice, or put it in with the beans and rice before putting it in the oven for 30 minutes.
2. This recipe is great for spreading on tostadas. I soak the beans before adding them to the crockpot, because I worry that they won't get done, and they have always turned out fine consistency-wise. I use powdered spices, and a small can of diced green chiles, and after a few tries, figured out that the personal preference around here is a lot less black pepper. Can't guarantee how much black pepper you will prefer, but this is a great recipe.
3. This recipe also has beans and rice together in one dish as the final result. I use olive oil instead of peanut oil, dried and/or powdered spices, and if memory serves, have only used chicken broth here.
I switch around the type of beans I use. That's one of the great things about beans--there are so many kinds, and so many ways to fix them. Still need to find and get more comfortable with a few more bean recipes myself, but these have worked so far for me, and my family gets beans and rice more often now, so it's a more familiar meal. I don't think you can overestimate the value of knowing how to use what you store...if you'd like to share any of your recipes, they would be welcome!