Hearty and economical - about $0.50 per serving. We started with the recipe on the back of the Goya Navy Beans can as a starting point, and made adjustments to suit our taste. A smoked ham steak is much easier to work with than hocks, and provides a lot of inexpensive protein. Grilling the ham steak (optional) gives Rudy, my "squid" husband, something to do while I'm chopping the vegetables. Be sure to use fresh garlic - the cloves should be firm and smell sweet, not too pungent.