Wednesday, June 24, 2009

two easy lunches

these are two easy,quick recipes. they're the type of thing we throw together when we're at home for lunch and want to use up some random leftover ingredients. obviously you could make them for dinner too, i just liked the sound of "two easy lunches" as a title.
first up, we have black bean soup, created and eaten by Rita.serves 1
*2 cups already made black bean soup (the smooth, pureed kind, she used trader joes)
*1/4 cup salsa verde
*2 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
*2 teaspoons cumin
*1 teaspoon chipotle powder
*2 cloves garlic, minced
*olive oil for frying (about 2 tablespoons)
*1/4 cup green onions, sliced
*cheddar cheese to grate on top
*2 teaspoons lime juice
1. heat oil up in a medium pot.
2. add garlic and green onions. saute, stirring frequently, until onions start to get soft and garlic starts to brown, about 3 minutes.
3. add everything else except cheese to pot, stir and cook until thoroughly heated, about 5 minutes.
4. grate cheese on top.

and next we have pasta with tomato sauce and mussels, by yours truly, Lola.
not really a recipe, more just an idea and list of ingredients. also, its good without the mussels. we just happened to have leftover mussels, but they're not an ingredient we often have on hand.
serves 1
*1 serving of pasta (i used 3/4 cup whole wheat bowtie pasta)
*enough tomato sauce to coat pasta (the sauce i used also had garlic and basil)
*mussels, cooked and removed from shells (i used 10)
*a small handful of walnuts
*half an onion, sliced
*olive oil for cooking onions, about 2 tablespoons
1. cook pasta according to package directions.
2. meanwhile, heat oil in a small frying pan.
3. add onions to pan and saute, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.
4. add sauce, onions, mussels, and walnuts to pasta. stir.

i'd also like to thank Molly Jean at the rookie chef for our first ever blog award!

so how does this work?
These are the rules of this award:

* 1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
* 2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
* 3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
ok, who to pass this prestigious award on to? these are all people we've just discovered since we started blogging
the ordinary vegetarian
coffee beans and curry leaves
veganize it, don't criticize it!
latest addictions
peanut butter swirl
chick n' pastry
cake, batter, and bowl
veggie num nums
um, that's all i can think of right now. i hope the blog award police won't come after me for not having 15. and i'm sorry if i've left anyone off. i love you all, really!


JennShaggy said...

Wow! Thank you so much :) I'm out of town right now, but as soon as I'm back, I'm posting this and sending it onward.

You kick booty ;)

finsmom said...

Thank you so much for the great award! You rock!

Kerstin said...

Aww, thanks so much!

Both dishes look yummy! Black bean soup is one of my favorite comfort foods.

Michele said...

Thank you so much! How sweet!

talat said...

quick question: for the black bean soup, where do you find chipotle powder?

Jackie @

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

Ooh award!! how thoughtful. alas, you would be someone that I would award and the list of maybe 5 others that I could think of have two that overlap yours! I need to network some more around here!! :) i'll repost once i have a better list of award-ees.

Can I tell you how excited I am about this soup recipe? I JUST bought the trader joe's black bean soup for the first time two days ago and haven't tried it yet.. and I have enough of the other ingredients and other things to improvise that this is going to be my dinner! I'll post about it later. Thanks again for awards and sweet recipes!

Heather said...

thanks for the award!