Monday, October 26, 2009

|quick and cheap black bean soup|

My husband and I were craving some black bean soup the other day, so I invented this little recipe. So easy. It came together in less than 10 minutes and probably cost less than $3 to make.

Makes 3 servings.

1) Saute half an onion (diced) with some minced garlic.
2) Add about 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, and some cilantro. If you don't own smoked paprika, you should. It's amazing and adds this great adobo-like flavor to things.
3) Dump in a can of Rotel (undrained) and a can of black beans (undrained).
4) Heat through. Top with shredded cheese and/or plain yogurt (or sour cream). Enjoy!

Monday, October 19, 2009

|vegetarian comfort food|

Fall is here and that means comfort food. I did a google search for "vegetarian comfort food" and found a great website with a huge list.

This was a recipe that I picked out and tried. It is amazing. I highly recommend checking it out.

Noodles and Cheese

Saturday, October 17, 2009

|on the importance of frozen rice|

I don't remember where I learned that you can freeze cook rice, but it has truly changed my life. Every time we make rice, I almost always make extra and then I freeze it in those snack-sized zips (they hold about a cup). When I come home and am starving and we have "nothing to eat" I always use those frozen bags of rice as a fall back.

Today, I thought we had "nothing to eat" for lunch, but I popped a bag of rice in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Then I rummaged around in the fridge and found a few leftover veggies from a crudite platter. In less than 10 minutes I had super awesome stir fry....broccoli, celery, carrots, garlic, tofu, sesame oil, soy sauce, and frozen rice. Tasted better than any of the local Chinese places and it was faster, too.

I love frozen rice.