I like to cook. Really, I do. It’s just that I don’t seem to actually do it very often during the week. I come home late from work and don’t feel like making anything more complicated than a hotdog or peanut-butter sandwich. And when I do come home ready to cook, I often have nothing to cook, because I haven’t gone to the grocery store. I was looking through the cupboard trying to find something other than pasta and tomato sauce to eat when I noticed a can of black beans. I like refried beans, and thought a smoother, more liquidy version would be good as a pasta sauce. Then I ordered a pizza.
But I eventually came back to the idea, and here’s the result. It’s low fat, yet tasty and satisfying. With the beans and whole wheat pasta, it’s a good source of fiber and complete protein. Everything except the yogurt can keep for months, so it’s forgiving of my grocery shopping lapses. Continue reading
Mixed greens with black beans, corn and grilled chicken, served with a yogurt-salsa dressing. Continue reading
I can't claim it's authentic, but it's fast, cheap and easy. Continue reading
Perfect for when it's too hot too cook. Continue reading
You know – frozen pizza, pot pies, canned soup, ramen noodle packets, mac-n-cheese. What can you do to add nutrition? Continue reading
As requested. Works for most of your basic rices– long grain, short grain, brown, whatever. Don't use wild rice in this one, it cooks differently. Use a regular-sized saucepan unless you're making an absolute ton. Make sure you have a lid that fits. This is the method my dad learned from a college buddy whose parents had a Chinese restaurant. Continue reading
Save the tops and peels and such of washed veggies in a gallon-size freezer bag in the freezer. When it's full, it's time to make stock– a fully-packed bag is exactly enough for a batch of stock. Continue reading
Well, it's not haute cuisine, but it's definitely "fast, cheap, and easy"– not to mention filling and fairly nutritious. Serve with fresh fruit for added nutrition.
Serves 4-6. Continue reading
A Hawaii staple. It's a soup with pork, sausage, veggies, and beans, but the way I make it it ends up being more of a stew. Very hearty meal. Goes great over steamed white rice and have some cornbread on the side, you deserve it. Continue reading
A simple way to make an easy meal tangy and delicious. Continue reading